David Chickey

Alex Webb & Rebecca Norris Webb Lecture at Radius Books

Friday, September 23rd from 5:30-7:00pm, Radius Books publisher David Chickey will join photographers Alex Webb & Rebecca Norris Webb in a lecture and discussion at the Radius Books offices.  The photographers will talk about their work and the bookmaking process.  This event is free and open to the public.

Radius Books is located downtown at 227 East Palace Avenue, Suite W, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 87501.  Parking will be available off of Cienega Street and Palace Avenue. For more information call Radius Books at (505) 983-4068.

Radius Books @ FOTOBUCHTAGE, June 4-6, 2010

The Photobook Days 2010 will take place June 4-6, 2010, at the Deichtorhallen, the House of Photography, in Hamburg, Germany. The event is dedicated to celebrating the independence of the photo book.

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The festival will include book launches and signings, reviews, workshops, lectures, and will conclude with the announcement of the winner of the “Photobook Award 2010“.

The “GetPublished Award 2010,” is open to photography book proposals. Information on the competition as well as the entry form may be found  here. The deadline is May 10, 2010, and a panel of jurors will select a shortlist of ten submissions, which will be displayed to visitors during Photobook Days 2010. The winning project will be published by Seltmann + Söhne, and the finished book and production process will be presented at Photobook Days 2011.

Radius Books founding members Darius Himes and David Chickey will both be attending, where they will give a lecture about artist publisher collaboration on Saturday, June 5, and will also participate in the portfolio reviews throughout the weekend. A preliminary list of speakers includes: Hans-Michael Koetzle, Horst Moser, Prof. Hans Dickel, Rob Hornstra, Andrew Phelps, Oliver Seltmann, Alexa Becker, Ulf Doering, Hannes Wanderer, Christof Kerber, Jörg Koopmann, Volker Gerling, Ulrich Rüter, Prof. Hans Meyer-Veden, Jann Müller-Wiefel, Prof. Peter Blalobrzeski, and the Kolkata Heritage Photo Project.

FOTOBUCHTAGE, June 4-6, 2010

The Photobook Days 2010 will take place June 4-6, 2010, at the Deichtorhallen—The House of Photography—in Hamburg, Germany.

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Radius Books founding members Darius Himes and David Chickey will both be attending, where they will give a lecture about artist publisher collaboration on Saturday, June 5, and will also participate in the portfolio reviews throughout the weekend. Darius is one of the panel of judges for the Get Published Award 2010, the winner of which will be announced on June 6, 2010.

For more information on the event and competition, please visit Radius News.

INTERVIEW WITH RADIUS BOOKS IN FLASH FLOOD

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Flash Flood is an online magazine and media collective dedicated to promoting photography and culture in New Mexico. In its most recent issue, Santa Fe Verve Gallery Director Jennifer Schlesinger interviews David Chickey on Radius’ inception and upcoming projects:

JS: Radius Books was launched by four Santa Feans in 2007. Can you tell me what brought you all together to form Radius? Had this been something you all were contemplating for a long time?

DC: The four of us (Darius Himes, Joanna Hurley, David Skolkin and I) started talking about forming Radius a couple of years before the official launch of the company in the fall of 2007.  We had different — but overlapping —backgrounds in the book world, and would often see each other at publishing events. Since the larger publishers seemed to be shying away from what we saw as great projects, we all felt there was a need for a publisher that could take on these projects. And so we started investigating the viability of creating a company that focused on this.

In the initial stages, we spent a great deal of time planning how best to put the company together. Ultimately, we decided on forming a non-profit organization for a couple of reasons. First, as I think many people realize, art and photography books are not, as a general rule, economically profitable. They are expensive to produce and sell in relatively low quantities. A non-profit structure put us in the position to subsidize projects in tandem with other institutions (like museums and foundations), thereby making them more viable. More importantly, however, we wanted our books to reach a broader audience, and with the non-profit structure we also created a library and school donation program. Radius donates at least 300 copies of each book to a network of institutions, which means a very diverse audience gets access and introduction to our books. This mission adds a much more complex dimension to what we choose to publish and how it gets disseminated.

Click here to read the entire interview. The issue also features photography by Joel Peter-Witkin, Sharon Core, Joel Lipovetsky, and Nicholas Gottlund.