Photobook Week Aarhus 2019

3 – 6 October 2019

Photobook Week Aarhus 2019 examined the theme “Flatness”, both in a metaphorical and in a literal sense. One of our key shows in this framework was New Topographics in Photobooks, curated by Thomas Wiegand. It featured selected works of the main participants of the legendary exhibition New Topographics: Photographs of a Man-Altered Landscape and its lasting effect on landscape photography, as well as reactions and parallels especially from Germany. Other exhibitions questioned the seemingly flat surface of the book: Book objects, leporello books, foldable maps and other techniques that defy the flatness of the page, were in the center of our attention.

The festival’s regional theme was Chilean and Swedish photobooks. Another highlight was Asia 8, featuring the winners of the Steidl Book Award in collaboration with the Singapore International Photo Festival. The Rebellious Photobook, curated by Jose Luis Neves (watch his talk at PWA15), was a small showcase of books that attempted to deconstruct the inherent ‘flatness’ of the page, either by subverting the reading process or exploring the material orthodoxy of the codex.

Other important exhibitions featured Lasse Krog Møller’s oeuvre at the Aros Museum and Stijn Van der Linden’s brand new essay on the concave city corner, at Dokk1 Library. Of course, we showed the Kassel Dummies again, and enjoyed talks about the past and present of the photobook medium. Our speakers this year included specialists such as Reinhard Matz, Irina Chmyreva, Niclas Östlind, Luis Weinstein, and Tatiana Sardá.

Thank you for your support!

Beer and chocolate at the Open Book Market were kindly sponsored by Fur Bryghus and Simply Chocolate. A special thank you to the participating book sellers and publishers Disco Bay, bt:st Verlag, Blankt Papir Press, Fragment, Galleri Image, NW Gallery Cph, Bladr, Wunderbuch, Roulette Russe, Book Lab.


PWA 2020



Photobook Week Aarhus 2020
1 — 4 Oct


PWA 2020 Focus on Africa. Curated by John Fleetwood.

Jansen-van-Staden, Untitled 1, from the series Microlight, 2018


Open Book Market
Oct 4, 2020

Meet publishers and their books from around the world
at the Aarhus School of Architecture!


PWA 2020

Focus on Nordic Countries Norwegian Photobooks

Sara Skorgan Teigen “Fractal State of Being” published by Journal, 2014

Watch Lars Blunck’s Keynote Speech for PWA and connect to our Life Streaming

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Yes, this year, everything is different. Many lectures will be delivered via zoom or as a video, admission to the…

Video on Contemporary photobooks from Chile

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Video on Lasse Krog Møller at Aros

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Lasse Krog Møller Exhibition extended!

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The exhibition Twentysix artist’s books —some of them can also be considered as photobooks, curated by Anne Elisabeth Toft in…

Asia 8 at Galleri Image

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Asian Photobooks at PWA 2019! Since the spring of 2017, eight recipients of Singapore International Photography Festival’s prestigious Steidl Book…

Coffee with publishers at the Open Book Market!

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Photobook Week Aarhus is just around the corner and we have wonderful news. Eleven publishers are participating in the Open…

Photobook Week Aarhus and Art Weekend Aarhus joins forces

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Photobook Week Aarhus and Art Weekend Aarhus joins forces! This year Photobook Week Aarhus and Art Weekend Aarhus will be…

New Topographics in Photobooks

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In relation to the overall theme on the festival, Photobook Week Aarhus displays a photobook presentation dedicated to the landmark…

Stijn Van der Linden: an essay on the concave city corner

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Last year an international jury of recognized photobook specialists chose an essay on the concave citycorner by Belgian artist-photographer Stijn…

Tentative Programme of PWA 2019

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We are happy to present the tentative Programme of PWA 2019. Please note that it can still be subject to change.…

Come and join us at our Open Book Market! 06.10.2019

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For the third time Photobook Week Aarhus (PWA) is hosting an Open book market where publishers and artists will be…

Keynote Speech for PWA 2019 will be held by Irina Chmyreva

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The keynote Speech for this year's festival will be held by Irina Chmyreva, curator and protohistorian from Moscow. She will…

Grethe Grathwol’s work shown at PWA 2019

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Grethe Grathwol: Organisings. Photography and Photobooks is a historical exhibition that brings new relevance to Grethe Grathwol's photography. Curated by Anne…

10th KASSEL DUMMY AWARD featured at PWA 2019

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As in previous years, Photobook Week Aarhus will feature the shortlisted winners of what might be the most established award…

The Rebellious Photobook, curated by José Luís Neves for PWA 2019

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Taking into consideration the history of photobook practice, one could argue that most photobooks use the codex conservatively. However, it…

Danish artist Lasse Krog Møller featured at PWA 2019

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Twentysix artist’s books —some of them can also be considered as photobooks PWA will feature an exhibition by and about the…

Printing Stijn Van der Linden’s essay on the concave city corner

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While you are reading this, the winning book of last year's Dummy Award, Stijn Van der Linden's essay on the…

Northern photobooks series at PWA19. This year: Sweden

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Niclas Östlind, curator of the exhibition PUBLISHED. Photobooks in Sweden (in collaboration with Elsa Modin and Louise Wolthers for the Hasselblad Foundation,…

A (re-)vision of Chilean Photobooks at PWA19

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Chilean photobooks (re-)visited by Tatiana Sardá and Luis Weinstein Since the very beginning of Photobook Week Aarhus, we have looked…

PWA 2019 will be dedicated to the theme “Flatness”

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PWA 2019 will feature ”Flatness”, a theme which is central to photography and its ontology. It invites discussions about the…