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Monday, 4 December 2017

Best Photography Event: Three Days in Tharoul

It's the tenth anniversary of the blog, so to celebrate I'm doing a series of Best of Posts.

Well the best photography event of the last 10 years has to be Three Days in Tharoul. It's an event where you have three days to make a book.

You end up in a small town in rural Belgium with the lovely Philippe Malcorps hosting. There is a wine cellar with fine wine and Belgian beer (Rochefort and Orval), there's Fabrice Wagner cooking dinner, there is a fire and Pierre Liebaert is playing medieval choral music, there is Philippe playing a hurdy gurdy, Paul Gaffney's taking photographs, I'm writing the text and then Pierre makes a book of it all. In three days. Simply wonderful. It's beautiful, demanding and incredibly involving. If you are ever lucky enough to be invited, don't even think twice. Just go.

But how about the best photobook festival. Basically they're all good as far as I'm concerned, but Gazebook Sicily is by a beach, in Sicily, started on a budget by three wonderful people called Melissa Carnemolla, Simone Sapienza and Theresa Bellina. And it is free and lovely. A real joy.

Read more about the 2015 event here, the 2016 event here, and the 2017 event here.

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