Photobook Week Aarhus 2018
4—7 Oct


Dummy Award

In collaboration with Kvadrat, Idea Books, and European Photography

Photobook Week Aarhus is made possible with the kind support of:
The City of Aarhus, Dreyers Fond, Politiken-Fonden, and Handelsgartner Harry Opstrups Fondation/Royal Danish Library.

Photobook Week Aarhus closes its 5th edition and announces Dummy Award Winner Stijn van der Linden

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Since 2014, the Photobook Week Aarhus has been engaged with the photobook in all its facets and has presented a festival programme of international standing. For its 5th anniversary, Photobook Week Aarhus has showed works by renowned artists and promotes established and emerging talents, publishers, curators, printers and booksellers. The festival took place at Aarhus School of Architecture, Galleri Image, ARoS Aarhus Art Museum, Dokk1 and Verpan design store.

This year’s theme, The Virtual and the Physical, focussed on digital developments in society and their significance for the photobook. The festival discussed the digitalisation in photography and highlights concepts such as virtual reality and hyperrealism by looking at their cultural counter-images. The discussion of the festival thus has added to the current debate in society about the future of the book after the digital turn.

We have compiled a very special programme for this anniversary year. We have invited Daria Tuminas from UNSEEN, book specialist Thomas Wiegand, photo critic Gerry Badger, Evita Goze from Self Publish Riga, American photobook expert David Solo, Gintaras Česonis and Viktorija Mašanauskaitė from Kaunas Photography Gallery, and photographer Harvey Benge. We also had some exciting events happening during the festival such as the digital cave, the Dummy Award Gala and a unique exhibition at the ARoS library.

We are furthermore pleased to announce the winner of our first Dummy Award: 

Stijn van der Linden, with his book an essay on the concave city corner.

Congratulations and thank you all for making these four days of exhibitions, book lounges, artist talks, workshops, panel discussions, book reviews, lectures and an international book market possible.

The PWA team.

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Exhibition programme

Some exhibitions are on display in an extended period of time from 4 to 21 October, 2018. Please contact us to find out what you can still see.

The ARoS Collection
The exhibition The ARoS Collection celebrates the contribution of the photobook and the artist’s book to the evolving narrative of photography. For the first time ever, ARoS Aarhus Art Museum presents its library and a selection of its most rare and valuable books. The exhibition includes works by internationally acclaimed artists such as Ed Ruscha, Asger Jorn and Per Kirkeby. Often celebrating the phenomenology of urban life and the city, many of the showcased books have been crucial to the works of architects and urban planners, who have found inspiration in their concepts and visual cultures. Curated by Anne Elisabeth Toft in collaboration with Søren Bæch, ARoS Aarhus Art Museum. (N.B.: on show 4 October – 1 November 2018, during the festival 4 – 7 October, daily: 10:00-17:00; 9. October – 1 November, Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:00 – 15:00. Viewing outside the official opening hours can be arranged. Please contact Søren Bæch:

Krass Clement: Photobooks
World-famous Danish photographer Krass Clement, known for his inimitable ability to retain moods and capture people and places in his photos, has for more than 35 years been taking photos of cities and the people who live in them. This has resulted in numerous unforgettable and innovative portraits published in book form. He made his debut as a photographer in 1978 with the book Skygger af øjeblikke. Since then, the photobook has been his preferred medium. This exclusive exhibition at ARoS Aarhus Art  Museum gathers together his entire photographic oeuvre published in book form. Curated by Anne Elisabeth Toft in collaboration with Krass Clement.

The Cave / Virtual Reality
What happens if 3D scanning and renderings challenge traditional notions of photography as the conscious (or unintentional) framing of a particular moment in time and space determined by optics and light shooting techniques? What are the potentials to move freely in a 3D capture? The exhibition takes place in the architecture school’s newly established digital cave. Here it is possible to explore digital space models perceptually and physically using advanced digital equipment. The exhibition asks questions about human perception as well as about the photographic image medium and its analogue and digital contexts. Scans can increasingly detect space, materials and moods in digital models, while the development of design software makes it routine to produce project proposals photorealistically. This exhibition examines the role of representation when challenged in this hybrid field between reality registration and project production. Three virtual realities will be shown during the exhibition period. Curated by Claus Peder Pedersen.

Lithuanian and Latvian Photobooks
The latest and most unique photobooks from two of the Baltic countries, Lithuania and Latvia, are gathered in an exhibition at the library at Aarhus School of Architecture. These countries are currently undergoing major developments in the photographic art scene. Curated by Evita Goze from Self Publish Riga and Gintaras Česonis from Kaunas Photography Gallery.

New Zealand Photobooks
Featured photobooks from New Zealand are displayed in this exhibition curated by the renowned New Zealand photographer Harvey Benge presented at Aarhus School of Architecture. His career includes magnificent curatorial projects and workshops with international photographers, and for this he has created and published a large number of photobooks. The purpose of this very special exhibition is to create a glimpse of the current photobook scene in New Zealand.

Kassel Dummies
The shortlist from Kassel Photobook Award 2018 will be on display at Aarhus School of Architecture. Read more about the Kassel Photobook Award here:

Nordic Dummies
The shortlist from the Nordic Dummy Award 2018 is going to be showcased at Aarhus School of Architecture. For further information about the Nordic Dummy Award, visit their webpage:

Photobook Week Aarhus Dummies
The 18 nominees from the first edition of the Photobook Week Aarhus Dummy Award competition are going to be showcased at Dokk1 in Aarhus.

The Migrant
Exhibition of photobook and video: The Migrant by Anaïs López at Galleri Image

Gerry Badger: Books and Photographs
Exhibition at Aarhus School of Architecture.  

Danish Photo Books 1839-2015 – A Bibliography
Exhibition at Aarhus School of Architecture of a collection of select highlights of Danish photobooks curated by Niels Dejgaard



We hosted a workshop by renowned photographer Harvey Benge (New Zealand), on envisioning, editing, and producing photobooks.

Day 1: Saturday, 6 October, 10:00 – 15:00
Day 2: Sunday, 7 October, 9:00 – 14:00

About Harvey Benge
New Zealander Harvey Benge works from Auckland and Paris. He has been a full-time camera artist since 1993, when his first photobook Four Parts Religion, Six Parts Sin was published. Benge is well known for his many photo books which have been published in Britain, Germany, France, Italy and Japan. His principal publisher is UK’s Dewi Lewis, who has worked with Benge for 20 years. Harvey Benge’s bookworks are conceptual in nature and deal with the complexities of life and the nature of seeing and understanding. His photographs are mostly urban and generally strange. His work is mysterious; nothing is solid. The pictures capture contrasts and conflicts which leave you wondering what has just happened and what might happen next. Benge’s bookworks have been exhibited a Kunsthalle Düsseldorf; Antwerp Foto Museum, Belgium; Foam Fotografiemuseum, Amsterdam;  Photographers Gallery, London; and Palais de Tokyo, Paris. His books have twice been finalists in the Prix du Livre at the Rencontres d’Arles, France. Harvey Benge is also known for the workshops he has conducted, working with photographers such as Lewis Baltz, Antoine d’Agata, Paul Graham, Rineke Dijkstra, John Gossage, Alec Soth, Roger Ballen.

The workshop
“The objective of my workshops is to unpack strategies for the development of a complete and balanced lens-based art practice. In effect an investigation into the process that I employ and has lead me to the production of sixty or more photo books over the last thirty years. Benge will show participants how he has conceptualised, structured and produced several of his key bookworks. Further, participants will be asked to participate in a “live” editing and sequencing session of a new bookwork of his scheduled for publication in 2020. Participants will need to bring to the workshop work-prints of current photographs which can then be reviewed and evaluated within the group. This will involve discussion as to the rigour and relevance of the works’ conceptual underpinning followed by a hard look at possible edits and sequencing leading to photobook production”.

Harvey Benge’s workshops are interactive, inspiring and good fun. Harvey will cover a spectrum of issues that affect all photographers – finding one’s own voice, idea generation, self evaluation of work, what makes a good picture, development of picture series. Emphasis will be on the photobook where strategies for editing and sequencing will be discussed with practical examples. Participants’ own work will be reviewed both in terms of how the pictures work and the ways the photographs can be carried forward to a finished photobook.

To book your place, email us at

Aarhus School of Architecture – Main Venue
Nørreport 20, Aarhus
On View: exhibition of Gerry Badger’ books and photographs, New Zealand Photobooks, Kassel Dummy Award, Nordic Dummy Award, Lithuanian and Latvian photo books and zines, The Cave / Virtual Reality
Thu to Sun 10.00 -17.00
Note: exhibition hours after PWA weekend
Mon-Tue-Thu 10 – 16.00
Wed 10.00 – 18.00, Fri 10.00 – 15.00

Galleri Image
Vestergade 29, Aarhus
On View:The Migrant by Anaïs López
Tuesday-Sunday 13.00 – 17.00

Hack Kampmanns Pl. 2, 8000 Aarhus
On view: Photobook Week Aarhus Dummy Award
Monday-Friday 8.00 – 10.00
Saturday-Sunday 10.00 – 16.00

ARoS Kunstmuseum/ARoS Aarhus Art Museum
ARoS Allé 2, Aarhus
On view: The ARoS Collection and Krass Clement: Photobooks
Tuesday-Sunday 10.00 – 17.00
Wednesday 10.00 – 22.00

Vestergade 8, Aarhus
On view:
Plethora Magazine
Tuesday-Thursday 10 am-5.30pm
Friday 10.00 – 18.00
Saturday 10.00 – 15.00