Du 06 au 08 septembre 2013 / 11:00 am - 8:00 pm

© Fotobook festival


After the great success of the last year’s Fotobook festival of Kassel that was organized in Paris, the BAL BOOKS is renewing this stimulating three days festival to support the photo-book publishing in all of its forms (printed, projected and exhibited).

From the 6th to the 8th of September, Le BAL will present the 2013 Photo-book Award and the Dummy Award with a fantastic selection of the best books and dummies of the year!

During those three days festival, le BAL is transformed into an image laboratory, sharing the publishers, photographers and curators main interrogations and answers on the book making process.

The best 50 dummies of the year, selected by a prestigious jury will be presented in the main exhibition room. A group of 35 publishers, curators, book collectors and critics were invited to select the most remarkable photo-books published in 2013 with a special feature for Japanese books.

Friday 6th of September 2013

11 AM: Opening of the Photobook Award 2013 and the Dummy Award 2013 exhibit

4PM: Discussion with Max Pinckers, Edmund Clark, Veronique Besnard, Carlos Spottorno.

5PM: Books signing of the new releases and self-publications from Baptiste Lignel, Bertrand Stofeth Christophe Agou, Max Pinckers, Edmund Clark, Veronique Besnard, Carlos Spottorno.


LE BAL will select 12 young photographers to participate in a Pecha Kucha session.

To participate:

- Send an email via wetransfer with an editing project composed of 20 images and a text to

- A selection of the most daring and encouraging proposals will be made by LE BAL's jury.

* Pecha Kucha, is a Japanese expression meaning rumors of a conversation. It consists in a short time presentation of 20 images presented during 20 seconds. Each photographer has 6 minutes and 40 seconds to make a point on his last editing project. The aim of this exercise is to follow the editing process of the young photographers in an hour contest.

Saturday 7th of September 2013

12 AM: Lecture by Stéphane Duroy.


During the 3 days festival, the BAL offers to 40 young photographers, art student and amateurs, the possibility to have a 20 minutes meeting with three professionals and experts from the publishing world:

Cost for the review:

- 75 €


- 3 interviews / 20 minutes with each one of the 3 experts.

Register information:

Available here.

- Inscriptions must be done before the 6th of September 2013.

- Once you register, please send an e-mail to with your wish list of the three experts. 

- LE BAL guarantees you to have at least one expert from your wish list.

Sunday 8th of September 2013

12AM: Conference with Mark Steinmetz

3PM to 6PM: Projection of the expert’s selection from the portfolio review sessions.

** The Fotobook Festival will also be presented in Kassel in October 2013.

Download the detailed program (PDF)

The 6th Fotobook Festival

The International Fotobook Awards (2008-2012)

Dummy Award (2013)

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