SELF PUBLISH RIGA is a bi-annual series of events dedicated to photobooks and self-publishing culture, organised by ISSP in Riga, Latvia as one of the central events of the Riga Photomonth. The programme includes an international photobook dummy competition, an extensive international exhibition of photobooks and book dummies, series of lectures and talks on book publishing and design by outstanding industry experts, and a workshop. 
SELF PUBLISH RIGA 2016 events took place from May 12 till June 16, 2016.

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Talks and events

8 - 11 May
Workshop Words and Pictures, Pictures and Words with Gordon MacDonald. 

The workshop was aimed at both photographers and photobook editors. During the workshop Gordon MacDonald, Director of GOST Books, ran a series of lectures, seminars and personal feedback sessions aimed at practitioners who want to know more about combining images and text.

13 May - 16 June


The exhibition featured the following book collections: Paris Photo - Aperture PhotoBook Awards 2015 winners, KesselsKramer PublishingThe Sochi ProjectThe Library ProjectAsia-Pacific Photobook ArchivePrivate Albums curated by Andrejs StrokinsThe Photobook as a Platform for Critical Thoughts curated by Nico Baumgarten, a collection of Baltic Photobooks curated by Evita Goze and as well the best entries from the SELF PUBLISH RIGA photobook dummy contest.

14 May - Self Publish Riga lectures & talks

12.00 - 13.00 Hester Keijser (The Independent Photo Book, NL), The photobook in the age of networked technology
13.00 - 14.00 Erik Kessels (KesselsKramer, NL), Storytelling with vernacular photography
14.00 - 15.00 Tom Mrazauskas (Brave Books, DE/LT), Visible acoustics: type, typography, photobook

16.00 - 17.00 Gordon MacDonald (GOST Books, UK), Editing as a Collaborative Act
17.00 - 18.00 Ángel Luis González Fernández (The Library Project, IE), Tips and ideas for self-publishing

18.30 - 19.30 Turning the page - Another chapter in the development of the photobook, discussion with all the speakers moderated by Nico Baumgarten (DE)
19.30 - 20.30 SELF PUBLISH RIGA 2016 Dummy Contest award ceremony.

26 May

18.00 Discussion Photobooks in Latvia.
Participants: Arnis Balčus, Māra Brašmane, Inga Erdmane, Reinis Hofmanis, Anna Volkova.

16 June

18.00 Discussion Books that Inspire - presenting phtotography in book form. 
Participants: Viktorija Eksta, Alnis Stakle, Vladimir Svetlov, Kārlis Vērpe.

The events were a part of the RIGA PHOTOMONTH 2016 programme.

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