There are many ways to make a photobook

Self Publish, Be Happy, the London-based outfit which celebrates the art of the self-published photobook, is holding a special project space at the Offprint art publishing fair at Tate Modern this weekend. It aims to inspire visitors to have a go at making their own books – using all manner of photographic processes...

Curated by SPBH founder Bruno Ceschel the space will host numerous events involving contemporary photographers. Visitors will be able to create their own temporary tattoo using an image from the collection of photographer Thomas Mailaender. His Fun Tattoo Parlor will be up and running enabling visitors to wear some of his work on their bodies.

Artist Antony Cairns [work shown below] will be, according to SPBH, "hacking old Kindles bought on eBay and making them into photobooks. Arvida Byström and Maja Malou Lyse will lead a selfie-stick aerobics class, while Japanese artists Daisuke Yokota [shown above] and Hiroshi Takizawah will print a book using an experimental process that uses wax, cement and iron powder."


There will also be workshops on risographs and 'zine-making with Maya Rochat and Col~Late and even some "cathartic booksmoking" from Melinda Gibson and "laughter therapy" by Dominic Hawgood. Ceschel is also bringing in a bookshop, a screening room and a speaker's corner where visitors can talk about a book that they love.

The space itself – which is made entirely of readymade materials with 300 plastic container stacks used to make the walls – is designed by Ana Varela and Philippe Albert Lefebvre, while Antonio de Luca has produced the graphics. The entire event will be streamed live via YouTube and hosted on the SPBH website.

In the five years it has been running, SPBH has collected more than 1,000 publications and has produced many workshops, talks and projects.

To date, SPBH has organised events at a number of institutions in London (The Photographer's Gallery, ICA, Whitechapel Gallery) and abroad (C/O Berlin, Printed Matter in NYC, MiCamera in Milan). Recently it has published books by artists Lucas Blalock, Lorenzo Vitturi, Gareth McConnell and Matthew Connor. A book titled Self Publish, Be Happy by Bruno Ceschel will be published by Aperture in October 2015.

Offprint London
Tate Modern Turbine Hall
May 22-25 2015

Friday, 18.00 - 20.00
Saturday, 12.00 - 20.00
Sunday, 12.00 - 18.00
Monday, 12.00 - 18.00

The Self Publish, Be Happy Project Space is kindly supported by Tate Modern, Plastor and David Solo. For further information about the programme visit