The very first photobook library in the country just opened, and here's why you'll see it a lot in your IG feed
Photography enthusiasts, Thousandfold is now open.
(SPOT.ph) If you're a photography enthusiast, you'd probably be happy to know that the very first photobook library in the country is now open.
Thousandfold is an artist-run space founded by artist, photographer, and musician Wawi Navarozza (yup, from the band The Late Isabel) is located at Warehouse N509, VFP Building 2, Veterans Road, Veterans Center, Taguig City. More than a photobook library, it also doubles as a space for workshops and a small press (it's also her personal studio). It's open from Thursdays to Sundays, from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The sketchy location may scare you at first but hidden in that warehouse is a black door that will take you to an entirely new world—a world where photography is the language.
At Thousandfold, there are no frills. It's just you, the shelf of photobooks, a plant, and maybe even a cat. The space is utilized for workshops, peer-led photographers' salons, professional critiques and portfolio reviews, lectures, discussions, slideshow presentations, artist talks, special events, photobook production, studio rentals, and private consultancy.
There are currently around 200 photobooks in the initial collection, all from Wawi Navarozza's personal archive. Most of them were received directly from their authors locally and internationally (they're even signed!) so visitors are expected to treat the photobooks with care—wear the gloves provided.
Donations are also welcome but subject to review. You can donate cash, or photobooks, artists books, contemporary art books, and subscriptions to select magazines/periodicals.
Thousandfold is open to all. Walk-In guests have to pay P200 for every visit, but you can apply for an Individual Membership (P1,500/quarter; P5,000/year) which entitles you to free admission, access to photobook library, subscription to Thousandfold's small press "Leaf" quarterly zine, exclusive privileges, and invites to events. Or you could apply for a Fellow Membership (P3,000/quarter; P10,000/year), which means you can enjoy all of that and more, and bring a friend with you.
Can you spot the black skull?
Look! Some The Late Isabel merch!