This weekend, the annual London Art Book fair is back at the Whitechapel Gallery with over 80 British and international exhibitors and three days of talks, debates and workshops. To get an insider’s perspective, we asked independent east London publishers Ditto Press (who’ll be hosting a stall) for their five recommendations of people to check out.
‘I love their book “Chateau Despair” by Lisa Barnard with photos of the abandoned Conservative Party HQ. You don’t have to be a raging leftie to appreciate its desolate beauty. All of their books are incredibly well designed and printed.’
‘Their books are always great; “Madame Bovary” illustrated by Mark Camille Chaimowicz, and a collection of tropical backdrops painted in prisons are my two favourites.’
‘Mark is at pretty much every book fair. Along with his own products he distributes for Le Dernier Cri, who are tripped out screen printing heroes based in Marseille. Their new book is by Matt Brinkman and I will definitely buy one.’
‘Sigrid printed a huge hardback full of stencil print patterns. Knowing the print process as well as we do, I know how much effort must have gone in to it. The patterns are super-colourful and original.’
‘Kaleid have a load of great books, my favourite being “Topless Celebrities”, which turns out to be lo-fi screen prints of headless Justin Biebers and so forth.’
Find out more about this weekend’s London Art Book Fair and head to the Ditto printing classes on Sunday at 12pm–1.45pm, 2pm–3.45pm and 4pm–5.45pm (tickets are £6/£4 concs – the rest of the event is FREE!) – book a spot by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.