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INFOCUS Juried Exhibition
of Self-Published Photobooks

December 2, 2016 to April 9, 2017
Phoenix Art Museum
Norton Photography Gallery

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INFOCUS Juried Exhibition
of Self-Published Photobooks

INFOCUS, the Photography Support Organization of Phoenix Art Museum, invites photographers to submit a self-published photography book for a juried exhibition to be presented in the Norton Photography Gallery of Phoenix Art Museum. Accepted submissions will be exhibited from December 2, 2016 to April 9, 2017. The purpose of the exhibition is to explore the range of ways that artists are using newly available commercial technologies to self-publish photobooks in order to express themselves.

See the 2014 Exhibition here.

  • We are looking for self-published photography books published after January 1, 2014 that employ newly available commercial technologies – one where the artist acted as the publisher (worked with a designer, or designed it themselves, used an online service or went to a press).
  • Books can be any subject including retrospective, project-based, souvenir albums, fictional narrative, exhibition catalogues, poetic, biographical, children’s books, or otherwise.
  • Collaborative or collective books are welcomed.
  • There is a submission limit of two different titles per artist, please.
  • Click the button at left to use the convenient online submission form.
  • No entry or hanging fee will be charged – the only “cost” of submitting is the value of your book, which will not be returned.
  • Books with writing by one of the jurors are ineligible.
  • Employees of Phoenix Art Museum and the Center for Creative Photography are ineligible to enter.
  • Submissions will not be returned. Those selected by the jury will be exhibited at Phoenix Art Museum’s Norton Photography Gallery from December 2, 2016 to April 9, 2017.

Following the 2014 exhibition, juror Rebecca Senf created a blog post describing her criteria for judging the books. For more on how she evaluated submissions Click here


Submissions are due at Phoenix Art Museum by the end of the business day, Friday, September 30. 2016. Books received after that date will not be considered.

Mail Submissions to:

INFOCUS Juried Exhibition of Self-Published Photobooks
Phoenix Art Museum
1625 North Central Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85004

To drop off your book(s) in person:
Come to the reception desk at the Phoenix Art Museum Wolfswinkel Education Building
1625 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ
On weekdays between 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.


Becky Senf
Chief Curator, Center for Creative Photography, Norton Family Curator, Phoenix Museum of Art

Mary Virginia Swanson
Co-author, Publish Your Photography Book

Darius Himes
Co-author, Publish Your Photography Book

Larissa Leclair
Founder, Indie Photobook Library

Christian Waguespack
INFOCUS Curatorial Intern, Center for Creative Photography and Phoenix Art Museum.

Philip Zimmermann
Book artist, and Professor of Art at the University of Arizona

This exhibition was inspired by the Cleveland Museum of Art’s DIY: Photographers and Books