An independent publishing company and a bookstore / project space that specializes in artist publications.
Photographers Shiori Kawasaki and Victor Sira founded bookdummypress in 2011 with the aim of keeping the compelling authenticity of a traditional book dummy—a live artifact filled with creative layers and elements normally omitted from the final product—largely intact. With expertise in design, publishing, and rare and out-of-print books, the printing outfit uses collaboration as its guiding principle. BDP also directs workshops that teach the history of book construction, editing, and design.
Is a Venezuela-born artist/photographer whose work has been the recipient of numerous fellowships, including the Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship and the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship. He curated the show Photography Book Dummies at the School of International Center of Photography. His work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions, including the Rencontres d’Arles 2005 and the show De l’Europe in Luxemburg 2007. Sira is on the faculty at the ICP-Bard MFA Advanced Photographic Studies Program in New York, where he teaches the course The Book: Imaginary Studio, A Non Stop Process.
Born and raised in Tokyo, Japan. Moved to New York in 2006 to attend International Center of Photography and studied Documentary and Photojournalism. After graduating from ICP, she has been exhibited in several group shows both in NY and Japan include Sombra Project and 126 Polaroid, which held in Yokohama Museum of Art. Her work is shown in major Japanese magazines such as Coyote, BRUTUS, GQ Japan, LAST, Tokyo Calendar, UOMO and more.