As spring is just around the corner we get itchy feet and can’t wait to hit the road again with our Nomadic Bookstore. We’ve already set up shop in Dubai and are soon sailing off to new locations in Germany and Italy. Our next destination is a pop-up store in Munich that will open on March 17th.
The goodtransfergallery, the first gallery in Munich exclusively dedicated to photo books, is hosting our Nomadic Bookstore in March and April. The carefully selected collection of photo books at the goodtransfergallery is an opportunity for visitors to experience visual stories. Good visual storytelling has the power to convey observations and link these to people’s own impressions and memories. As Helmut Hönsch, the founder of the gallery emphasizes, he highly values this form of narrative expression. Hönsch wishes that visitors do not only experience the exhibition but also wants to give them the opportunity to create their own visual stories through workshops and meet-ups.
Since a photo book is a haptic pleasure and can figure as a personal point of reference to a photographic story, many visitors at the gallery fall in love with one book or another – and want to take it home. While we're nowadays constantly being flooded with images and information, photo books are a much-needed antipole to these ephemeral sensory overloads. This is why Helmut Hönsch believes in the unique spirit of the Nomadic Bookstore concept.
The founder of the goodtransfergallery has more innovative aces up his sleeve: A short while ago he ventured to create a podcast accompanying a photo book. Hearing the artist talk about their work lets listeners learn more about circumstances and intentions surrounding the origin of a photograph. That way, a podcast is a fascinating background story and an enrichment to the captured image.
The next exhibition at the goodtransfergallery, opening in March, deals with the subject of "home stories". Questioned about the reason why the concept of "home" is of great significance, Helmut Hönsch answers that the current refugee situation shows quite bluntly how the loss of home affects people and how we experience our "home". The variety of possible interpretations of "home" also explains the high amount of photo books that target this topic. With Inside CERN by photographer Andri Pol, who recently was selected photographer of the year by the Swiss photo academy, one of our photography classics is featured in this exhibition.
We are very excited to be present at such an inspiring and vibrant location – so if you're in Munich in the upcoming weeks, be sure to visit the goodtransfergallery and say hello to our books!