The Belgian Platform for Photobooks is an online space dedicated to the contemporary photobook in Belgium. Through articles, interviews, an online book catalogue and offline events, it aims to inform, but also to engage and inspire a growing photobook community. The platform offers a source of information for students, photographers, artists, designers and anyone with an interest in photobooks.
Functioning as a catalyst, the BPPB wants to support the photobook in Belgium, but also encourage the reflection, the discussion and the research on the book as an artistic medium to present a photographic body of work. As an online platform it serves as a networking and communication tool to connect Belgian photography and photobooks with an international photography audience.
The Belgian Platform for Photobooks was founded in 2017 by Stefan Vanthuyne as part of two consecutive two-year research projects at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp / AP University College, with the support of the research groups Thinking Tools and ArchiVolt. Since 2021 it runs independently.
In 2020 Stefan Vanthuyne and the BPPB received the Writing Photography. DGPh Award for innovative Publication from the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Photographie (DGPh).