1+1=3: The Development of Photographic Narrative in Book Form’

  • Jose Neves (Speaker)

Activity: Academic Talks or PresentationsSymposiumResearch


Despite the numerous 'photobook' surveys published in the last decade – mostly focused on expanding the geographical and thematic classification of photobook practice proposed by Martin Parr and Gerry Badger in The Photobook: A History (2004, 2006) – not many studies have attempted to trace and expose the inner workings of this particular type of 'photobook'. This lecture proposes to counteract that scarcity by exploring the material and artistic circumstances that seem to have shaped the emergence of a specific form of narrative montage on the photographically illustrated page. The talk will begin by examining the materialisation of what Alex Sweetman has designated as photobookwork during the 1920s. This will be followed by an analysis of photobookwork practice during the 1960s and 1970s and the impact of appropriation and conceptual art upon the artistic use of photographic images in book form. The last segment of the lecture investigates how these two critical shifts in photobook history inform contemporary photobookwork making.
Period8 Mar 2019
Event titleThe Research, Writing and Practice of Postmodern Visual Narrative
Event typeConference
LocationBeijing, ChinaShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • Photobook
  • Visual Narrative
  • Photographically Illustrated Magazines
  • Narrative Montage
  • Photobookwork
  • Artists' Book
  • Publishing as Artistic Practice
  • Editorial Practices