msdm is a photobook publishing platform, founded by paula roush [pr], artist and photography lecturer based at the School of Arts and Creative Industries, London South Bank University.
Working with photographic commissions, residencies and exhibitions, pr is interested in the intersection of photographic research with the materiality of paper-based publishing. Her photobook works explore the interaction of photography and text, in photo-textual narratives tracing place, memory and identity. Nothing to undo , pr photobook work about european migration and living in the diaspora won the Sheffield Artist’s Book Award 2015, was nominated for the FotoBook Festival Kassel’s Best Photobook of 2015 and has been collected internationally. Bus-Spotting+A Story was nominated for the Photo-Text Award in the Arles Rencontres de Photographie.
pr long-term research project Found Photo Foundation – examining the collecting, archiving and publishing of orphan photography – was presented in the exhibition Dear Aby Warburg, What can be done with images?, at the Museum für Gegenwartskunst Siegen, Germany and accompanying publication. The chapter Chaos of memories- Surviving archives and the ruins of history according to the found photo foundation from this project was published in Knape, G., Östlind, N. and Wolthers, L. (eds.) Order and Collapse: The lives of archives (2016, Art & Theory). Found Photo Foundation’s residency at the Arab Image Foundation resulted in a collection of photobooks sourced from the AIF ‘s photographic archives and published with PlanBEY.
Current research interests include photobook publishing and collaborative photo publishing strategies, including collaborations with the V&A, the Lisbon Photobook Fair, ACAVA/ the Venture Community Centre (Ladbroke Grove West London) and the Oslo Art Academy Khio. The ongoing curatorial project ə/uh/-books project space is a year-long programme exploring paper-based photobook publishing as photographic research, as well as a reflective form of exhibition practice for photobook works. Located at the London South BAnk University’s Student Centre, it creates a dialogue between students photobook works and those of guest artists and open submissions.