Photolucida & Photobooks

Photolucida is a non-profit arts organization that holds what it calls a Portfolio Reviews Festival every other April. The 2011 event begins today, April 14, and runs through Sunday. At this event, gallery owners, curators, critics, collectors, and publishers gather in Portland, Oregon, to review fine-art photography from professional, mid-career artists.

This year, Lauren Henkin, who has produced two photobooks in the last two years, will be giving a talk on Saturday during lunch. The title of her talk is, "Turning Toward Books: Shifting Focus."

Silence is an Orchard, Henkin's second photobook, was released earlier this year. It exhibits fourteen images from Maine's Acadia National Park. Limited edition of thirty, plus five artists' proofs. $650.

In our current (spring) issue, writer Nicole Pasulka took at a look at the strengthening market for artists' photobooks. The recent publication of Publish Your Photography Book by Darius D. Himes & Mary Virginia Swanson is likely to add more muscle. So says the first line of copy on the interior flaps of that book: "We live in the golden age of photography books."