Photobook Tehran at ICP Library

By Peggy Roalf   Wednesday June 24, 2015

The ICP Library, located in the ICP School, beneath the original glass cube on Avenue of the Americas at 44th Street, is jammed with visual treasure. With open shelves, a large selection of periodicals, and a window that serves as an exhibition space, the Library is a photobook-lover’s destination.

The current window offering is Photobook Tehran, which is on view concurrent with a sister exhibition at the Sazmanab Center for Contemporary Art in Tehran [more]. The project originated a two years ago, when photographer Nima Behravan self-published a photobook. Through his research he found that self-publishing has taken root in Iran, if to a more limited extent than it has here. 

He initiated a dialogue on the subject with Hannah Darabi in Paris, Arash Fayez in San Francisco, and Mohammadreza Mirzaei in Philadelphia, with Matthew Carson, Associate Librarian at ICP, paving the way for the exhibition. A selection of photobooks from Iran has been acquired by the Library, and remain on view through the month.

An email exchange between Mohammadreza Mirzaei, photographer, writer, and curator of the exhibition in Tehran, and Charlotte Cotton, writer, curator and critic in residence at Otis College of Art & Design, Los Angeles, has been collected in an English/Farsi publication, whose jacket reproduces the poster for the exhibition [Extract] [More]

Above: Farshid Azarang’s Iranian photobook The Book of Amnesiaat the ICP Library, from Collector Daily. Below: the opening at Sazmanab Center for Contemporary Art.

The ICP Library is open to photographers and researchers, Monday to Thursday, 10 am to 7 pm; Fridays, 10am to 6 pm. Information email

The exhibition, Tipping Point features work by the graduating 2015 students of ICP’s One-Year Certificate Programs: Documentary Photography & Photojournalism and General Studies in Photography. It is on view through August 9 at the ICP School. Information

The ICP Library blog, Monsters & Madonnas, has a new feature: a bibliography on business practices and self-publishing [information].



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