This year, in the true spirit of Christmas, we’re doing the Miniclick Photobook Advent Calendar where we’ll look at a different photobook, newspaper, magazine or ‘zine we like by someone we’ve worked with in the last 12 months, right up until Christmas Day. To view the Advent Calendar picks so far, click here.
Day 25 – December 25th
We’ve reached the end of The Great Miniclick Photobook Advent Calendar, and we’ve featured 24 different books, newspaper and ‘zines from 24 different photographers we worked with in 2013. We could have featured a lot more to be honest – in writing the calendar every day I came to realise how many of our friends have published something. I also realised how many of our friends we didn’t get round to working with in 2013 – something that will have to be remedied in 2014. So, a massive thank you to everyone who helped out in an excellent year for Miniclick. Thanks to all the people who came to our events, people who presented work, joined in with our experimental projects, donated their time and efforts to make it such a good one. Thanks in particular to the core Miniclick team of Lou Miller, Kristina Salgvik and Jack Latham whose enthusiasm and hard work has made it all happen. Merry Christmas everyone, and all the best for 2014!
PS Our next event will be a review of the best and worst in photography in 2013 and a look forward to what we’re excited about for 2014. We’ve got some great folk in the panel discussion – all the info here (Tues 14th Jan, 2014, Brighton)
Our final door on the Advent Calendar is hiding, well, us and our Publication# we started in March 2013 (who saw that coming?)…
We did a lot of new things this year. Although we kept along with our regular artists talks, we also tried to work on some new and experimental ideas in talks, exhibitions and ways of creating a photographic discussion. One of the things I’m most proud of is our Publication#.
In March we launched Publication#1, themed on Women in Photography which came after a month of events on the same theme. It bought together photo stories come from Abbie Trayler-Smith, Agata Pietron, Alma Haser, Chloe Dewe Matthews, Jo Metson Scott, Laura Pannack, Maria Gruzdeva and Natasha Caruana, while written features came from Eleanor O’Kane, Lou Miller, Joy Stacey, Maja Daniels and Laura Pannack, Louise Hobson and Natasha Caruana and Afshin Dehkordi.
Publication#2 followed in August and was centred on exploring themes of portraiture. Photographic work came from the likes of Charles Fréger’s ’Wilder Mann’ project, MacDonaldStrand’s look into the magical world of the Beachers, Jim Mortram’s documentary work in his ‘Small Town Inertia’ work, a selection of work from Tim Andrew’s ‘Over the Hill’, some stunning work from Julia Fullerton Batten, Jim Naughten’s fascinating look into the fascination of war with ‘Reenactors’, Jen Davis’ revealing and intimate self portraits and the found work of Scouse photographer Keith Medley. In addition, we had 8 exclusive articles and interviews from Joanna Cresswell, Lou Miller, Jen Davis, Jim Mortram, Maja Daniels, Alis Oldfield, Portrait Salon and Eleanor O’Kane.
Miranda Gavin was our editor and was joined by Lou as sub-editor and me as commissioning editor. The publications were beautifully designed by Emily Macaulay / StanleyJamesPress and were hand bound with letterpress covers.
The reception to them was fantastic. Publication#1 is completely sold out, but we still have a few copies of Publication#2 left, for £10 plus postage. You can grab a copy here.