Saturday, October 19, 2019 @ 4:00pm, Graduate Hotel, Sixty Room, 3rd floor
Larissa Leclair is the Founder of the Indie Photobook Library (2010), an archive of self-published and indie published photobooks now permanently placed at the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library (Yale University). Throughout her tenure as steward of the collection, she organized over 80 events, lectures, and exhibitions around the world and was pivotal in shaping the contemporary photobook culture we see today. Leclair has written for numerous publications and is a regular contributor to TIME Magazine's "Best Photobooks of the Year". She has served as a juror for the Blurb Photography Book Now competition, Magenta Foundation's Flash Forward Festival, and the International Photobook Festival Photobook Award in Kassel, Germany and has lectured at the School of Visual Arts, Yale, New York Art Book Fair, Centro de la Imagen in Mexico City, and the Cleveland Museum of Art, among others. Leclair was a Young Voices Fellow at the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson and received the Spotlight Award from the Griffin Museum in 2014 for her contribution to the field of photography. She is a member of the YaleWomen DC Leadership Council organizing events for alumni that focus on collecting art. William & Mary recently acquired photobooks from Leclair's personal collection as seed books for expansion of their library holdings on photography. Leclair has placed objects in the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington, DC, regularly consults with museums and libraries, supports women artists, and continues to diversify collections and shape photo history.