Artistic photobooks to go on display at Canfield Gallery

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ARLINGTON — The first show of the 2018 season at the Canfield Gallery at the Martha Canfield Library will be "Aperture Paris Photobooks," a provocative exhibit of artistic photobooks assembled by the fine art photography magazine Aperture in cooperation with the international photography fair Paris Photo.

Aperture is the preeminent American journal of fine art photography, and the photobook is one of the most dynamic genres in the contemporary art world, powered by the recent explosion of online digital publishing, which has enabled artists to produce highly creative and personal book designs. This show will be a visual and intellectual treat blending the disciplines of photography, journalism, graphic design and bookbinding.

The exhibit is comprised of 35 individual books nominated by a distinguished jury of fine art and photography curators, critics and publishers and celebrated at a gala reception in Paris this past November. Winners were selected in four categories, with a grand prize of $10,000 awarded to Germany's Matthieu Asselin for his ambitious title "Monsanto, A Photographic Investigation."

The Canfield Gallery will be the first gallery in the United States to present the collection following its debut at the Aperture Foundation in New York. Books in the exhibit are from across the United States and several foreign countries including Germany, Russia, China, Spain, Norway, Latvia, Lebanon and the Netherlands. The exhibit presents the books laid out on counter-high tables, allowing visitors to turn the pages and view each book in its entirety.

The subject matter is diverse and provocative and reflects the culture and societal influences of the various countries represented. The exhibit will showcase an avant-garde aesthetic and international point of view. It will be of interest to art lovers, photographers, students and educators.

"This exhibit will meet several key objectives for serving the community," said Dave Van de Water, organizer of the exhibit. "As a gallery in a community library, we want to celebrate the printed book as an art form, create a rich educational experience for local high school and college students, and also present fresh and exciting creative content for residents and the art community."

The show at the Canfield will run from Feb. 15 to March 15. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, Feb. 15, from 5-7:30 p.m. For more information, go to https://www.facebook.com/TheCanfieldGallery/

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