Center for Book and Paper Arts, Columbia College, Chicago, IL, USA
Steve Woodall, Director of the Center for Book and Paper Arts (CBPA) at Columbia College Chicago, believes in the book, rather than the print, as the primary destination for the photographic image. He challenges photographers to think beyond the monograph in understanding how books can become the expression of a comprehensive artistic vision. He also promotes an expanded definition of the book that includes portable electronic screens.
Even as they remove serious obstacles, however, electronic media introduce new challenges. Mr. Woodall is interested in meeting with photographers to address the opportunities and problems associated with books as digital media, and to help resolve narrative and structural issues in working with the physical book form. He seeks promising works in progress, and finished work that is exhibition and publication worthy.
As an artist in residence at Xerox PARC in 1999-2000, Mr. Woodall began to actively explore the digital future of the artist's book. In 2012, CBPA was awarded a $50,000 NEA grant for the support of Expanded Artists' Books, an initiative that undertakes to create a publishing platform for physical books with companion apps for tablet devices. He recently co-founded the Radical Publishing Project, which supports conversation, critical thought, and new relationships in digital publishing.
Steve Woodall has organized or curated more than 70 exhibitions. He has written for Graphis, Contact Sheet, Stanford University Libraries, and Mimeo Mimeo, among others, and has contributed articles to more than 20 exhibition catalogues. He splits his time between Chicago and his home in San Francisco, where he serves on the board of Photo Alliance.