Clap! – A book that offers a road-map of Latin American image-makers and creators. Part I

Clap!: a book that offers a road-map of Latin American image-makers and creators

Is it possible to talk about trends when speaking about photography made in Latin America? What are the similarities and differences between the work done by photobook makers from Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Mexico or Venezuela? Is there a traceable DNA in the images produced in this American region? What do photographers from this part of the world feel they need to document? These are some of the questions that come up while browsing through Clap! 10 x 10 Contemporary Latin  American Photobooks 2000-2016, a catalogue of photobooks from Latin America recently released by 10 x 10 Photobooks ( New York City, 2017)

Editors Russet Lederman, Olga Yatskevich and Mathew Carson emphasize in the introduction, the spirit of this joint effort, described as “a project that shares the vast wealth found in today’s Latin American photobook scene, aimed at an audience from North America and beyond (…) we are merely mapping the landscape and creating an initial atlas of photobook-making in Latin America”.

Through ongoing discussions with photobook makers, 16 specialists were invited to participate in the making of Clap!. Acting as curators, working individually or in pairs, they selected 10 photobooks each, from creations edited between 2000 and 2016. The process resulted in a varied selection of 136 photobooks that were showcased in a Reading Room that first opened at the PGH Photo Fair at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, and later travelled to the Aperture Foundation in New York City and to the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston.

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