The relationship of photography with books goes back to the beginning of the medium of photography itself, and still stands strong in today’s digital world. It is in books that photographs are most often viewed as prints, as opposed to the transient, backlit digital image. Photobooks, in that sense, are personal archives and museums, preserving a collection of images in their print form for a long period of time. The book’s intimacy adds a new dimension to the images, bringing forth profound meanings and interactions. And therefore, photobooks provide an alternative to the physical limitations that a museum would face, and would allow many more images to be printed and shared. The possibility of the photobook as an accessible outlet of art photography is immense and largely untapped, especially in the South Indian context.
EtP plans to bring out Tamilakam Rekaikal, a photobook series which will be produced from the images that are part of our collection. Apart from that, we have already completed the pre-production work for two books of Abul Kalam Azad, the first one is a direct outcome of our archiving initiative, Abul Kalam Azad 1980 – 2017, An Anthology, and Men of Pukar, featuring images taken by Abul Kalam Azad in Poompukar as part of his long term project titled Story of Love, Desire & Agony, which takes a re-look at the epic Cilappathikaram in the contemporary context.