The photobook is a thriving medium for encountering a group of images, and the preferred presentation of many photographers. This form of publishing responds to the basic structure of photographic production, and is growing despite digital distribution of images. Melissa Catanese and Ed Panar know this terrain well. Catanese and Panar are both artists, and owners of Spaces Corners, a Pittsburgh bookshop dedicated to photography books. As part of the Hillman Photography Initiative, an incubator for innovative thinking about the photographic image, Catanese and Panar were invited to the museum as artists in residence. Their installation, called The Sandbox transforms the museum’s Coatroom Gallery into a playful hybrid space for encounters with the photobook: part reading room, part bookshop, part library, part event space. Encounter a rotating selection of photobooks and intimate events emphasizing contemporary trends that give the medium its character.
The Sandbox also hosts A People’s History of Pittsburgh, an online project inviting visitors to share images from Pittsburgh’s past, with select images contributing to a new publication.
Photography from every angle
Don't miss these other opportunities to explore photography at Carnegie Museum of Art:
Teenie Harris Photographs: Baseball in Pittsburgh, on view through September 22
David Hartt: Stray Light, May 17–August 11, 2014
Photography in the Trenches, 1914–1918, June 4–December, 2014
Corey Escoto: Sleight of Hand, July 19–September 29, 2014
Storyteller: The Photographs of Duane Michals, November 1, 2014–February 16, 2015