2019 CBAA Biennial Meeting: The Photographic Artists' Book
January 4-5, 2019
The University of Arizona // Tucson, AZ
Co-Hosts: Karen Zimmermann, Phil Zimmermann


The 2019 College Book Art Association’s Biennial Meeting will be held January 4–5 at the University of Arizona in Tucson. Themed The Photographic Artist’s Book, this meeting is an interdisciplinary landmark for CBAA—keynote speaker Cristina de Middel will discuss the ways her work blends documentary and conceptual photographic practices, and discussion sessions will explore topics ranging from The Historical Photobook: Examples, Conventions, and Extensions to The Rise of the Risograph. In addition to these exciting features, CBAA is planning a large exhibit of photo-based artists’ books. Co-hosted by the Joseph Gross Gallery in the University of Arizona School of Art and the internationally known University of Arizona Poetry Center, the exhibit will include books by Massin, Michael Snow, Bern Porter, Alec Findlay, Paul Graham, Ken Ohara, Bill Burke, and many others.

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Keynote Speaker

Cristina de Middel (born 1975) is a Spanish documentary photographer and artist living and working in Uruapan, Mexico. In 2013, de Middel received the Infinity Award from the International Center of Photography. In 2017 she became a member of the well-known Magnum Photo agency. De Middel self-published The Afronauts in 2012, a photobook about the short-lived Zambian space program in Southern Africa. The book quickly sold out and the work was met with great critical acclaim. She was nominated for the 2013 Deutsche Börse Photography Prize for The Afronauts. De Middel is one of the few ‘traditional’ photographers who use the book form in complex ways, challenging the idea that a photobook should be a monograph. Some of her other photographic artists’ books include “This is What Hatred Did”; “Sharkification”; “Man Jayen”; and “Party”, a treatment of Mao’s “Little Red Book”.

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