Photography in books has not only influenced collectors and curators, but also generations of photographers. Since Robert Frank published his Les Américains in 1958, the photobook is a source for artistic inspiration and creative reference.
As a homage to the photobook per se the exhibition Marks Of Honour – A Striking Library has been created in a cooperation between Amsterdam galerist Willem van Zoetendaal and Cologne bookseller Markus Schaden. His assistances Nina Poppe and Verena Loewenhaupt were responsible for the organisation and are now curating Marks of Honour 2008 (MoH/08).
In 2005 there have been invited 41 international photographers to choose a photobook which was influential to the formation of their work, and to pay it artistical homage. The resulting works have been shown in Amsterdam in FOAM Museum for photography and the Van Zoetendaal galery.
The basic concept remains the same. In MoH/08 are only 13 photographers participating, to optain a higher focus.
All participating works (limited to three copies, each containing the original photobook and it´s complentary homage) offer a wide spectrum of enthusiasm for photobooks and the variety of inspiration sources of international photoartists.
In sum Marks Of Honour constitutes a singular library and a system of reference on the most sustainable influences as much as the freshest in contemporary photography.
„But who says that a museums fundus should entirely consist of photographic prints? You could start with books all the same... With a pool of a hundred photobooks, one could ensure that the history of modern photoworks of art is recognizable for the museumcrowd, for specialists, consultants and curators in excellent examples.“ Ulf Erdmann Ziegler