Installation image from the 9th Annual Zine and Photo Book Fair curated by Paul John

In support of artist’s books and zines, Baxter St at CCNY has presented an annual Zine and Photo Book Fair every year. Our previous fair was held over the weekend of June 21st-23rd, 2019 and was curated by Paul John.


Alex Remnick, Always Leave the First Page Blank, Beyond Threads, blobs feeling things, Carly Ries, Chen Xiangyun, Dana Robinson, Gina Pane: Traces/Lisa Martin/The Women’s Darkroom, Gui Marcondes, Hyungjo Moon, Image Threads Collective, Inner Geographies, ISKRA Press, Jessica Vacek, Johanna Evans, Kat Crow, Kevin Kunstadt, lōkē editions, Luis M. Diaz, Mariana Vidal-Escabi / A W I N D O W, Mary Ancel, Monique Islam, Purgatory Pie Press, PUSH/PULL ISSUE 7 (Culture Push), Reclaiming Archives, Sam Margevicius and Katherine Finkelstein, Southeast Queens Artist Alliance (SEQAA), Stuffer/linker press, The ANT1-HER0 Project, Why The F Not, Yao Ruilin, Yuanqing Xie



The fair’s curators, Elliott Jerome Brown Jr. and Devin N. Morris, have given it a cryptic if intriguing title: “Rock Paper Scissors and a Three-Armed Shovel.” Brown Jr. explains, “The fair’s title alone references rudimentary tools used for making —the paper and scissor being more comprehensive, traditional tools in this sense, and the rock being a symbol for a breakthrough, ingenuity, or disruption.” The second half of the title honors James “Son Ford” Thomas and his one-armed stepfather, who helped the artist dig graves to financially support his family and art. “Ultimately, we were interested in works that operate as an extension of living,” Brown Jr. says. Hyperallergic

Every year, BAXTER ST at CCNY hosts a zine and self-published book fair that give artists an opportunity to showcase work that doesn’t usually get much in the way of distribution. It’s a unique opportunity to flip through products that challenge and push the boundaries of traditional book-making. This year the fair is curated by artist Anouk Kruithof and will include special installations by Bob Civil, Curtis Hamilton, Devin Morris, and Peter Puklus. I got a chance to speak to Baxter St at CNNY Executive Director Libby Pratt and Board Director Michi Jigarjian as well as select curator, Anouk, about what to expect this weekend. Vice Media.


The 8th Annual Zine and Photo Book Fair
Curated by Mauricio Marcin
June 1-3, 2018

The 7th Annual Zine and Self-Published Photo Book Fair
Curated by Elliott Jerome Brown Jr. and Devin N. Morris
June 17-18, 2017

The 6th Annual Zine and Self-Published Photo Book Fair
Curated by Anouk Kruithof
June 10 – 12, 2016

The 5th Annual Zine and Self-Published Photo Book Fair
Saturday, Sept 13 & Sunday, Sept 14, 2014 – 12–6pm

This program is supported in part by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with City Council.