The Art of Publishing: An Exhibition of MACK Books

Perimeter is thrilled to be presenting a major exhibition of MACK books to be held at the Centre for Contemporary Photography (CCP) in Melbourne in January. The exhibition, which will run from Friday 5th to Sunday 21st January, 2018, traces the history of the revered London-based photographic and art book publisher, and will be accompanied by a public program including a major lecture by MACK founder and director Michael Mack on the opening weekend and a talk in Sydney the following week.

Originally established in 2004 under the imprint steidlMACK, while Michael Mack was managing director at legendary German publisher Steidl, MACK was founded in 2010 as an independent publishing house and is considered to be one of the world’s leading producers of contemporary and historical photography books. Highlighting the areas of interest and long-term relationships with artists that have resulted in some of the defining artist books of the twenty-first century, the show brings together books and special editions – many of which are rare and previously unseen in Australia – alongside original prints, explorations into digital publishing and the complete backlist of MACK.

The exhibition includes more than 200 books, editions and related objects. The books, including Adam Broomberg & Oliver ChanarinHoly Bible (2013), Paul Grahama shimmer of possibility (2011), Alec SothGathered Leaves (2015), John WarwickerThe Floating World (2009) and Collier SchorrJens F. (2005), are, in most cases, presented as physical objects to be held, handled and read.


Public Program

Opening night
The Art of Publishing: An Exhibition of MACK Books will open at the CCP on Friday 5 January, 2018. Please join us from 6-8pm. All are welcome.

Lecture: Michael Mack – A Serpentine Progression
The central component of the public program, Michael Mack’s lecture A Serpentine Progression will trace the philosophies and outputs of his eponymous publishing house. Taking place from 2pm on Saturday January 6, 2018, this ticketed event will expand on the wider notion of the publisher’s practice and oeuvre. Tickets are limited.


Book Proposal Reviews
Perimeter and CCP are offering a select group of photographers the chance to share and discuss their work with MACK founder and director Michael Mack and Perimeter co-director Dan Rule in a series of one-on-one Book Proposal Reviews. The reviews will take place on Sunday January 7, 2018, and will give participants the opportunity to present a series of physical prints or a book dummy to both Michael Mack and Dan Rule during a 15-minute session with each reviewer. Participants are encouraged to consider the sessions as a chance to garner constructive advice and insights into how they might shape their series into a book.


Michael Mack in conversation with Dan Rule
Co-presented by The Heavy Collective, Michael Mack will talk to Dan Rule about MACK’s publishing outputs and philosophies at this Sydney-exclusive event at Books Kinokuniya, Sydney on Wednesday January 10, 6.30pm for a 7pm start. RSVP In store at Books Kinokuniya; by phone: 02 9262 7996; or email: