Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum 13.05. – 14.05.2023

Thousandfold Photobook Fair

Photo books from independent publishers and self-publishers

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Thousandfold Photobook Fair is a self-sustaining photobook fair that supports independent photobook publishers and self-published photographers. It collaborates with festivals and initiatives to create cultural programmes around photobooks, connect publishers with their audiences, and bring together lovers of photography and photobooks. Thousandfold Photobook Fair is organized by dienacht e.V. and managed by Calin Kruse (dienacht Publishing / Leipzig Photobook Festival).

This year, the Rautenstrauch-Joest Museum will be the festival centre in the heart of the city, hosting an exhibition by South African artist Lebohang Kganye. On another level of the building, more than 40 international students will show highly topical perspectives of a multi-voiced present in over 40 photo books under the title 'FIRST PAGES' as part of the exhibition series 'Counter Images | Gegenbilder'.

In this environment, more than 25 national and international publishers and artists will present themselves at the Thousandfold Photobook Fair:

5Uhr30 (DE), AmazinPress (USA), Codex Wallbooks (DE), Daniel Zakharov (DE), dienacht Publishing (DE), Drittel Books (DE), Dutch Independent Art Book Publishers (NL), Eliane Hobbing (DE), Editions du Caid (BE), Eusebius Wirdeier (DE), gignouxphotos (UK), Gravur Verlag (DE), Homie House Press (IT), Iwona Knorr (DE), Journal (SE), KRAUTin Verlag (DE), Malenki.net (DE), Meteoro Editions (USA/NL), mmmmor Studio (HK/DE), Holger Nitschke (DE), Primitive (BE), Reading Kiosk (HK/TW/DE), Richas Digest (DE), Shift Books (DE), Sprungturm Verlag (DE), Verlag Kettler (DE), Walther König (DE)

....more Photobooks!

In addition to the Thousandfold Photobook Fair, there is another programme on the subject of photobooks - at the Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum and the PhotoBookMuseum!

Programme Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum

until 11th June FIRST PAGES – Counter Images | Gegenbilder
The exhibition shows 40 photographic projects as photo book prototypes, so-called dummies. A collaboration of the Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum with the Hanover University of Applied Sciences and Arts (HsH) and the Dortmund University of Applied Sciences and Arts.

14th May, 11 a.m. Workshop: Photobook Emergency Room
Idea jam, project infarction, design pain? The specialist team Thekla Ehling, Paul Spehr and Frederic Lezmi will treat photo book emergencies of all kinds in a quick run-through during the Photoszene Festival. Participation is free.

14th May, 5 p.m. Fotobuchquartett

Programme The PhotoBookMuseum

until 18th June The Box: One of Yours – Daniel Mayrit
In 'One of Yours', the Spanish photographer Daniel Mayrit analyses the rise of nationalism in the West.

until 28th May K18 Galerie: Winners Dummy Award 2022
Exhibition of the 2022 winners of the international competition of unpublished photo books.

until 21rst May Reading Room / Atelier Colonia: Dummy Award Shortlist 2023
Together with the Fotobook Festival Kassel, the PhotoBookMusem will show 50 selected favourites from the 2023 shortlist in a Reading Room.

Event Location

Cäcilienstr. 33
50676 Köln

Duration and Admission

13.05. – 14.05.2023
The visit is free of charge.

Opening hours


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  •  Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum © Dominik Schmitz

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