Fotograf Gallery

Zines of the Zone
— Tour Event #25

9. 4. 2014

Zines of the Zone is a traveling library dedicated to selfpublished photobooks, photozines, and any DIY printed matter related to photography. From january to july 2014, we travel around Europe and stop in about 50 cities to organize pop-up events.

1–6 pm ONE-DAY EXHIBITION of Zines of the Zone traveling library
6 pm PRESENTATION of the project & presentations by czech artists
The photobook phenomenon is increasing and becoming trendy: more and more photographers and graphic designers explore its possibilities, more and more galleries and collectors are attracted by these objects. As these objects are limited in their edition and as they are sold at a fair price, they appear to be quickly sold out – and for that reason, out of reach, hard to find.
Considering this, we started to think about the idea of creating a library.
Our aim is to create a public collection so that anybody can have a look at this printed matter, whether it is sold out or not. This collection would act like a memory, a permanent place for the these quite-ephemeral objects : a place where the books continue to live, give inspiration, be manipulated. We consider self-publishing as a practise of its own, and it deserves to be shared.
From January to July 2014, we travel across Europe by van, in order to meet people involved into the self-publishing scene. We want to get a deep understanding of how is self-publishing considered in Europe, who are the makers and why do they make DIY printed objects. In each of the 50 cities of our tour, we organize a pop-up event.


Fotograf Gallery is supported by the Czech Ministry of Culture and during the year 2021 by a grant from the City of Prague amounting to 630 000 CZK.