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In my previous post, I was reflecting on the online photobook meetups initiative that started late last year.

While these exciting talks were the subject of interest for the community and a source of inspiration for me, they also generated quite a lot of anxiety.

While spontaneous events bring a lot of excitement and feeling of the community around, this does not work in the long run. I wasn’t able to spend enough time both preparing for them, promoting and getting the records online afterward due to a huge workload and some technical issues.

— People prefer to plan their…


After the third online talk last Thursday I decided to take a break till mid-January at least, but not because something is wrong with them. No.

These talks bring a lot of value and interaction within the community. Help to learn, raise questions, build some exciting connections, and drive quite a lot of interest despite their poor quality to some extent.

The quality of such meetings is based on having both a spontaneous and open conversation along with a well-planned agenda, questions, and, let’s say, a scenario. Thanks to my personal impressions, records and plenty of invaluable feedbacks I see many areas of improvement in which I need to think carefully.

Another thing to mention about the concept in overall. These talks show me how the…


We have just launched “Collections” on The Phooks to showcase self- & indie-published photobooks and zines by genre, topic, or subject matter.

With the growth of our library, we see how it becomes really complicated to dig through all the available titles. The books are getting lost in the catalog and do not get enough attention so we started to work on more flexible categories, filters and search.

Along with everything, we see that customers are often interested in a specific genre, them or a photobook format, so we decided to create separate Collections to simplify the process of books and zines discovery.


Le Val Nord by Gilles Larvor
Le Val Nord by Gilles Larvor

I’m excited about the whole concept of Revers Editions ran by Elsa Seignol since the moment I’ve seen them for the first time about a year ago. And I must finally share my thoughts on this.

Revers build a highly interesting series of publications about France, printed zines. Small, “individual” documentaries, based on photos both from now and the past. A sort of independent historical archive of worthy, but previously unpublished, unseen works.


With the “People. Not Pages” mini-interview series The Phooks invites you to learn more about people who stand behind the medium of self- & indie-published photobooks, and zines.

Today we talk to Patrick Murphy, a lifelong photographer, enthusiastically following his passion since childhood till now.

Patrick has never been a professional photographer, and photography wasn’t his only occupation, which didn’t stop him from being published and exhibited in Europe and the U.S.

He lives in Lithuania, spent about twenty years in the USSR and post-Soviet Russia, and traveled a lot, but his recently published and only photo book so far is dedicated to the South of the U.S.


With the “People. Not Pages” mini-interview series The Phooks invites you to learn more about people who stand behind the medium of self- & indie-published photobooks, and zines.

As soon as I hear something like “My work is not spectacular and I do not take photographs to please” from a photographer, I expect to see photos which will make me sit with them for some time to calmly watch, feel and think.

I wouldn’t claim this is a rule, but such an attitude towards the artist’s own work could clearly mean you talk to someone with a very strong and personal belief, a vision, and the deepest dedication, strong emotional connection to what they create. For me, the words “not to please” mean “for myself”, for the sake…


With the “People. Not Pages” mini-interview series The Phooks invites you to learn more about people who stand behind the medium of self- & indie-published photo books, and zines.

Today in the People Not Pages interview series, we welcome Liam Ashley Clark. Born In Ipswich, Suffolk, 1990 Liam currently lives and works in Norwich, Norfolk. He was selected as a 2019 Bloomberg New Contemporary and included in the Saatchi Art Rising Stars report of the same year. Liam works largely with painting, drawing and photography, as well as in collage, and 3D. He also produces large scale murals, works as an illustrator and is a prolific zine maker.

His work has its roots in skateboarding, street art and folk art, but is also influenced by other contemporary and historical…


With the “People. Not Pages” mini-interview series The Phooks invites you to learn more about people who stand behind the medium of self- & indie-published photobooks, and zines.

Today we welcome Fabio Miguel Roque, a photographer, publisher, and curator. Born in Lisbon and based in Sintra, Portugal. On his work, we can notice a clear duality between documentary photography and also intimate and personal projects.

He runs the project “Preto Books”, an independent publishing house focused on photobooks, and other kinds of publications. Since the beginning of his editor career, he already worked on more than 50 titles. As well as being a member of Latent Image Collective, since 2014.


With the “People. Not Pages” mini-interview series The Phooks invites you to learn more about people who stand behind the medium of self- & indie-published photobooks, and zines.

Based in London and Berlin, Dennis Schoenberg is a renowned fashion and portrait photographer with occasional stints as a creative director.

He rose to prominence after assisting photographer Steven Klein, managing Wolfgang Tillmans’ studio and working for magazines such as i-D, Vogue, Exit, L’Officiel, Hero and Acne Paper among others. He is the founding executive editor of ‘Young Soul Rebels’ and creator and owner of ‘Plus and Negative’ Publishing.


After our “People. Not Pages” interview we are eager to go deeper into the artistic practice of some of our artist. Today we have a Close-Up with Marc Steculorum, a photographer and curator based in Antwerp, Belgium.

We talk about his “Whereabouts” photobook. Interviewed by Jaime Molina.

Few words from Max:

I have to say that I was impressed by this book twice at least: the first time when I saw the submissions and went to see the images. I realized that here’s something different from what we usually see here and was not sure if it properly fits our…

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