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Steidl Day! We celebrate the great German photobook maker and publisher

3 years ago

‘Steidlville is a planet, its own place in its own orbit. You’re welcomed into this world that serves the purpose of making books.’ – Mitch Epstein 

Welcome to Steidl Day! Throughout today we'll be posting fun facts on our social media channels relating to the great German photobook maker and publisher. Make sure you check out the two videos below to give you more insight into how to make your own photobooks plus some of the greatest photographers speaking about the influence Gerhard has had on their approach to creating books. 

  • We had a few questions of our own that we were keen to ask Gerhard, read his responses here
  • We asked some of the world's most prestigious photographers today what they had learned from the great Gerhard Steidl. Watch their tributes and discover more about what goes on at Steidlville by watching the video below.

Steidl Day sets out to celebrate Gerhard Steidl as the recipient of the Outstanding Contribution to Photography 2020 the Sony World Photography Awards. This is the first time in the Awards’ history that the Outstanding Contribution to Photography will be presented to someone other than a photographer.

Established in 1968, Steidl’s publishing house launched its own photobook programme in 1996 and within a few years grew it to what is today; the largest list for contemporary photography worldwide. His remarkable catalogue of photobooks features renowned practitioners including Joel Sternfeld, Nan Goldin, Bruce Davidson, Robert Frank, Berenice Abbott, Robert Adams, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Karl Lagerfeld and Juergen Teller, to name a few.

His publications encompass the entire history of photography, from early masters to today’s leading photographers, and represent the diverse spectrum of photographic expression – from art and fashion to documentary and street photography. Discover more about Steidl here