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Talking Pictures Symposium at Parsons, May 29

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TALKING PICTURES – The Visual Book Now is a series of events, presented on the occasion of the New York Rights Fair, which will look at contemporary publishing through the lens of visual language and imagery.

-A free symposium at Parsons School of Design on May 29 to open the TALKING PICTURES program

-Three TALKING PICTURES panels held at the New York Rights Fair on May 30, 31 and June 1 (attendees of the symposium will receive free access to the New York Rights Fair)

-The selection of the inaugural best visual books of the year

As the culture has become increasingly visual, the visual book has flourished in the publishing industry and has attracted a broad audience. TALKING PICTURES will discuss contemporary visual books, focussing on the phenomenon of the graphic novel, the extraordinary revival of children’s and adult picture books both in Europe and United States, the importance of book cover design, new trends in visual cook books and the book-as-object. TALKING PICTURES will explore the convergence of visual artists and the publishing industry in generating innovative projects and new visual forms.


The first TALKING PICTURES event is a free symposium to be held at Parsons School of Design on May 29 from 9-3, in the Auditorium, Rm. A 106, 66 W 12th Street, New York.


REGISTER for the Symposium here. Tickets are free.



9:30-10:00 am:

10:00 am -10:15 am:
Welcome remarks by Steven Guarnaccia and Hamelin Cultural Association

10:15 am -11:00 am:
Keynote: The Visual Book Now
Jo Steffens, Independent Writer and Curator, Editor of the Unpacking my Library series

11:00 pm-12:00 pm:
After Munari: The Book as Object


Seymour Chwast, Graphic Designer, Co-founder of Push Pin Studios
Keith Godard, Graphic Designer, Principal of StudioWorks
Alessandro Sanna, Author/ Illustrator of The River

12:15 pm-1:00 pm:
Covers Uncovered
Paul Sahre, Graphic Designer, author of Two-Dimensional Man: A Graphic Memoir

1:15 pm -2:00 pm:
The Raw and the Cooked / The Cookbook as Art Book


Lauren Tamaki, Illustrator, Delicious Dessert Cocktails
Marti Guixé, Designer and author of Food Designing
Debbie Millman, Host of the podcast, Design Matters and Editor of Leave Me Alone With the Recipes: The Life, Art and Cookbook of Cipe Pineles

2:15 pm -2:30 pm:
Wrap Up

2:30 pm -3:00 pm:
Book Signing

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