WOMEN and the PHOTOBOOK
Other books ranged from original editions of Diane Arbus’ Aperture Monograph, Sirkka Liisa Kontinnen’s Byker, and Margaret Bourke-White’s fascinating book on the Soviet Union in the 1920s, a book where the text begins with an insight into the visa-procurement procedure.
For the closed reading room, time was limited to 30 minutes to allow as many people as possible to view. It was not enough, but anyone who wants more time with the books can always visit the collections independently, fulfilling yet another of the Women in Photobooks’ brief. Not only was the idea of what a photobook can be expanded, new audiences both for photobooks and the library’s collection were also found in what was the first UK Women and the Photobook reading rooms.