The Blue Library

The Blue Library is an exhibit of new photo chapbooks. It is currently open for submissions. Deadline October 31, 2014.


General Info

In the 17th and 18th century, printed books dropped in price and the chapbook rose in popularity. Today there is a similar rise with the affordability of great, inexpensive color photobook printing. The Blue Library celebrates the current renaissance of cheaply printed, high quality photobooks. The exhibition will run from December 1, 2014 to January 3, 2015 at Press Street’s Antenna Gallery Reading Room 220 in New Orleans, LA. The exhibition takes place during PhotoNola and Prospect.3 will be in full swing.

To be considered for the exhibition, photographers are invited to design a chapbook using Blurb/MagCloud (see submission instructions). The book must be designed with a MagCloud template ready-to-print. The book must be less than 40 pages and be the 5.25″x8.25″ or 8.25″x5.25″ format. The subject matter is open- traditionally chapbooks cover all subject matter from religious to romance to debauchery.(Wikipedia has a good page on chapbooks here.)

Tammy Mercure and a team will select at least 30 chapbooks to print and display. The chosen books will be exhibited and then put in the collection at Room 220. In addition, a set will sent to the Indie Photobook Library. There will also be an opportunity to sell copies of your book if you desire.

Submission Deadline: October 31, 2014.

Press Street’s Antenna Gallery Reading Room 220

Press Street’s Antenna Gallery Reading Room 220 produces an array of risk-taking solo and group exhibitions that engage and interact with the New Orleans community through special events, educational programming, and artist talks. All Antenna exhibitions are free and open to the public.

The Antenna Gallery’s Reading Room 220 is located at 3718 Saint Claude Avenue First Floor ,New Orleans, LA 70117 in the Saint Claude Art District. Regular hours are Tuesday through Sunday 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm.

During PhotoNola, there will be complimentary buses from the PhotoNola hub to Antenna, The Front, and Good Children. These galleries will have extended hours for the event.


Submissions are open to all photographers and photo-based artists. You must own copyright to the photographs included or in the case of found photographs follow the generally accepted idea of fair use for art. We’d love exclusive chapbooks, but you may re-work one of your books in this format if you wish.

Submissions must ready to print using  Magcloud Digest 5.25″ x8.25″ or Digest 8.25″x 5.25″. Magcloud makes easy to use templates for InDesign, Quark XPress, Microsoft Word, Pages, Photoshop, and Aperture.

Submissions must be 40 pages or less.

1. Go to this page to download the template for your software for a horizontal chapbook:
Go to this page to download the template for your software for a vertical chapbook:
If you don’t have that any listed software and have a great idea, zip your images, any text you have, and a short description of how you’d like it designed and skip to step 3. I’ll help you get it in the proper format if it is a chosen book.

2. Design and export according to MagCloud’s instructions included in the pdf with the template.

3. Send an email to with your name, website, and contact info. Attach the submission if it is less than 10 mb. Send via dropbox for entries over 10 mb.

4. Chosen photographers will be contacted by November 7, 2014. There will be no cost for submissions or for printing the chosen chapbooks. The printed copies will be full-color and saddle stitched (stapled). You will receive options for sales if you are interested at this time.

If you have any questions along the process, please contact me (Tammy Mercure) and I’ll help out if I can.


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