4th ViennaPhotoBookReview OPEN CALL


Apply now until April 17, 2017
The 4th ViennaPhotoBookReview will be held on Friday, June 9, 2017, one day before the festival starts.


The Review
Publishers, gallery owners, curators, critics and collectors representing small, mid-sized, and major venues from all over Europe, will gather in Vienna to review unpublished photo books. 30 photographers will be selected to show their photobook dummies to 15 national and international reviewers.
Our goal is to offer talented photographers from around the world a forum to discuss their books with a wide range of photography experts, thereby producing a lively dialogue between the aspiring artists and the experts from various prestigious institutions.
Photographers will have one-on-one meetings with the reviewers. Each review session will last 20 minutes and we will limit the number of participants to assure that everyone receives six reviews each. It is a great way to network. Numerous photographers have walked away with opportunities to publish, exhibit and sell their work after attending such reviews.


In addition to the primary reviews, we will organize two sessions of open reviews, the first session will only be open to the reviewers who will be selecting the winner of the 4th ViennaPhotoBookReview. All photographers booked for the review are nominees. The second open review will be open to the public. During the open reviews, the photographers will be able to engage in personal exchanges, talk about the presentations in greater detail, and have the opportunity to sell their book (max. edition of 20), previously published books and small limited edition prints.
Saturday evening, the winner of the ViennaPhotoBookAward will be presented. The 1st prize is a book publication by AnzenbergerEdition (covers production costs of Euro 5.000,-).


Reviewers (in progress)
Gerry Badger, photographer, curator, photo critics, architekt UK. www.gerrybadger.com
Andreas H. Bitesnich, photographer, collector and photo critics, Austria. www.achtung.photography
Josef Chladek, The Virtual Bookshelf, Austria. www.josefchladek.com
Nela Eggenberger, Eikon, Austria. www.eikon.at
Peter Gössner, collector, Austria.
Magali Avezou, archipelago, Great Britain.
Rob van Hoesel, The Eriskay Connection, The Netherlands. www.eriskayconnection.com
Rainer Iglar, Fotohof, Salzburg, Austria. www.fotohof.at
Klaus Kehrer, Kehrer Verlag Heidelberg, Germany. www.kehrerverlag.com
Calin Kruse, Die Nacht, Germany. www.dienacht-magazine.com
Harald Latzko, collector and blogger, Austria. www.firstedition.at
Hannes Wanderer, Peperoni Books, 25 books, Germany. www.peperoni-books.de
Johannes Schlebrügge, Schlebrügge.Editor, Austria. www.schlebruegge.com
Matej Sitar, The Angry Bat, Slovenia. www.matejsitar.com


The deadline for the submissions is April 17, 2017. Out of all the submissions, 30 photographers will be selected. There are no limitations regarding age or nationality. The conversations will take place in German or English.
To register, please send an e-mail with name, address, phone number, short artist bio, a brief project description (max. 800 character), and a PDF of your photobook dummy (max. 20 MB) to review@viennaphotobookfestival.com.
The photobook dummy has to be unpublished and/or a maximum edition of 20.
NOTE: Please bring your physical photobook dummy to the reviews!
Level of work expected at the reviews: We strive to keep the level of work of participants high, but recent graduates and non-professionals are also welcome.
You can name up to three reviewers and we will try to plan accordingly, should you have any preferences for whom you’d like to be reviewed by. The final groupings will depend on the reviewers and participants. The organizers reserve the right to allocate the times of the sessions.

The list of participants will be posted on www.viennaphotobookfestival.com end of April and participants will receive an e-mail with further information. Please note, your participation will not be fully confirmed until you have paid.

The application is free of charge.
6 Meetings (20 min each): € 144 (incl. 20% VAT)
INQUIRIES ONLY BY E-MAIL! to review@viennaphotobookfestival.com

Refund and privacy policy 
Because of the time-sensitive nature of reserving portfolio reviews, we will only be able to refund 100% of your registration fees until midnight, Friday, May 12, 2017. Between May 12 and May 24, we will be able to refund 50% of your registration fees in case of cancellation, and after May 24, no refunds will be made. If you decide to cancel your registration, you may not transfer/sell your spot to another person, instead, the open slot will go to the first person on the PhotoBookReviews waiting list.
Privacy: We are committed to protecting your privacy. We do not sell, trade, or rent your personal information to others.


Attendees should be present in our waiting area at least 15 minutes before reviews. We reserve the option to allow others to take the review if attendees are not in the waiting area at the time the review is scheduled to begin.

Our review blocks are scheduled as follows: 10 am – 4:30 pm
5 pm: 1st Open Review for the reviewers
5:30 pm: 2nd Open Review for exhibiting publishers and photo book collectors


If you are attending the PhotoBookReviews event, you will be sent a FAQ sheet with lodging options for participants.