Canfield gallery hosting Aperture photobook show


ARLINGTON — Aperture Paris Photobooks, a provocative exhibit of artistic photo books assembled by the fine art photography magazine Aperture in cooperation with the international photography fair Paris Photo, will be presented at the Canfield Gallery at the Martha Canfield Library in Arlington from Thursday, Feb. 15 to Thursday, March 15.

The exhibit is comprised of 35 individual books nominated by a distinguished jury of fine art and photography curators, critics and publishers and celebrated at a gala reception in Paris this past November. Winners were selected in four categories, with a grand prize of $10,000 awarded to Germany's Matthieu Asselin for his ambitious title "Monsanto, A Photographic Investigation." The show's appearance at the Canfield gallery will be its first after making its U.S. debut at the Aperture Foundation in New York. An opening reception will be held from 5-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 15.

Aperture is the pre-eminent American journal of fine art photography, and the photo book is one of the most dynamic genres in the contemporary art world, powered by the recent explosion of online digital publishing, which has enabled artists to produce highly creative and personal book designs. This show will be a visual and intellectual treat blending the disciplines of photography, journalism, graphic design and bookbinding. The subject matter is diverse and provocative and reflects the culture and societal influences of the various countries represented. The exhibit will showcase an avant-garde aesthetic and international point of view. It will be of interest to art lovers, photographers, students and educators.

"This exhibit will meet several key objectives for serving the community," said Dave Van de Water, organizer of the exhibit. "As a gallery in a community library, we want to celebrate the printed book as an art form, create a rich educational experience for local high school and college students, and also present fresh and exciting creative content for residents and the art community."

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