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A number of recent interviews for the Pittsburgh Photo Fair may be of interest to BPH readers. They cover a range of topics including conservation, collecting, contemporary publishing, and historical photobooks by women. Details are below:

Challenging the Canon: Olga Yatskevich on Photobook History

What They Saw: Historical Photobooks by Women 1843–1999, focuses on historically significant photobooks produced by women. Officially released on 1 November 2021, the book was recently shortlisted for the Paris Photo - Aperture Foundation Catalogue of the Year Award 2021. I spoke with Olga Yatskevich about 10x10’s ongoing exploration of photobook history and the underrepresentation of women in this field. 

Reimagining Aperture: In conversation with Sarah Meister

Following an exceptional curatorial career at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, Sarah Meister joined Aperture as Executive Director in May 2021. I spoke with Sarah about Aperture’s history, her vision for its future, and the central role of photography in our contemporary experience.

Sotheby’s Photographs at 50: Brandei Estes on Collecting

This year Sotheby’s celebrated the 50th anniversary of its first photographs auction, which took place at Sotheby’s London in 1971. Coinciding with this occasion, I spoke with Brandei about the evolution of the art photography market. We discussed what drives her passion for photography and her advice for new collectors.

Photography in Four Dimensions: Paul Messier on Conservation

An interview with Paul Messier about the extensive collection of historic photographic papers he assembled, now held at Yale. We discussed recent projects from his expansive career in conservation and current challenges in the field.

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