The 2. Vienna Photobook Festival is already over since 10 days - so now the time is right to give you some news of all the things that happend since then. Joscha Steffens came over from Cologne and we shared a table for our books GLORY DAYS and Ghost/Warrior, a perfect sharing partner, ‘cause two totally different kind of books.
First day went by as fast as a racing car and it felt like hundrets of people came by to take a look, sometimes like what they see, sometimes not, bying a copy, just looking for a talk … It was a really nice thought of Michael Kollmann (photobook curator) and Regina Anzenberger (Anzenberger Gallery), the organisers, to put the independet publishers right to the entrance, were visitors with fresh and curious eyes came in. In the evening we had delicious food and nice music next to meeting each other. I really have to recommend b.frank books by Roger Eberhard & Ester Vonplon, with theire wonderfull collection of photobooks from Switzerland and Million Books from Munich by Jens Masmann and Andreas Frei. Richard Sporleder von Café Lehmitz has been a huge help in questions concerning to get GD into libraries. Hermann Lohss was one of the nicest persons I’ve ever met in the scene, so helpfull with everything! And after everything was over and we were ready to go on sunday, we sat down with Ecki Heuser from 5uhr30.com and his lovely companion to talk about everything else but photobooks.
Task of the second day was meeting bookshops and after I made my round I am happy to tell you there are a lot of places now to get GLORY DAYS: Shops in Germany, Belgium, Great Britain you’ll find here. Most of them have also an online shop. So I made my GLORY DAYS copy count and HALF OF THEM ARE OUT THERE!!!
It really was a wonderfull festival! So cosy and familiar, not to huge you get lost, or to small nobody comes by, well organised and sometimes with a bit of summer camp feeling (when the toilets don’t work - for just 30min!). Next year I’ll be definetly there again!