Photobook Meetup New York

Back in June, I wrote an article about “All the Photobooks I’ll Never See” which lead to an interesting Twitter conversation with Jorg Colberg about photobook meetups. I thought the idea was great at the time, but wasn’t prepared to organize such a meetup. Then a few weeks ago Joerg sent me an email mentioning the idea. We got to chatting about the logistics and ended up approaching Noah Kalina about hosting it at his studio. He liked the idea and agreed to host. I’m excited about the event and look forward to checking out all the interesting photobooks.

There has never been a better time for the photobook. Hundreds, if not thousands, are currently made every year. How to keep up? How and where to see photobooks? This is where Photobook Meetup New York steps in: You pick a book – any book you want – and you bring it to the inaugural meetup, to briefly present it, talk about it. Five minutes, just you and the book (no fancy presentation, projections or anything like that). Everybody else will simply listen, maybe ask questions, and look. If twenty people show up at the end of the night everybody will have seen 19 presentations of photobooks. Maybe you’ll know some of the books, but you might not know the different perspective or take you’ll hear. Maybe you have never heard of some of the books. Anything is possible. Photobook Meetup New York is about the photobook as much as it is about the community of people who love looking at and discovering new books.

Friday, December 9th – 6pm at Noah Kalina’s studio.

Some beer and wine will be provided. BYOB ok. There will be a donation jar to cover clean up expenses (white floors!).

Space is limited to 30 attendees. First come, first serve.

You can RSVP through the Facebook Event, or by sending an email to or

Once you RSVP, you’ll receive the address via private email.


  • blake

    Sounds like a fun idea. I’d drop in if it was 3000 miles closer.

    My local photo group does a book share at the start of every meeting. It’s less formal than what you’ve organized. Basically we just put recent books of interest on a table and people browse what they want to. It’s a fun way to keep abreast of what’s out there, and also makes a good warmup for the more personal photo discussion to follow.

    If the four books illustrated above are any guide you should have a good foundation for discussion. But how do you limit yourself to just one book each month? Ouch!