How the 100 How We See Reading Room Books are Selected


The project’s reading room selection of 100 books was chosen by 10 women (either in teams or individually) from around the world, who have each selected 10 photobooks (hence, the organization’s name, 10x10). The project’s selectors are specialists in the photobook field, and have focused their selections on photobooks published in the 21st-century, with 60% of their selections coming from their respective regions.

The How We See Reading Room launched on October 25, 2018 at the New York Public Library. It will tour through 2020 to multiple venues including MassArt, the Museum of Fine Arts (Boston, March 2019), PGH Photo at the Carnegie Museum of Art (Pittsburgh, April 2019), Fototeca Latinoamericana (Buenos Aires, December 2018), and other venues.

Talks and presentations on photobooks by women are planned for all venues. At the end of the tour, the books will be donated as a complete collection to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. A second collection of the 100 reading room books has been acquired by the Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs at the New York Public Library.


As 10x10 Photobooks has done in their three previous reading room projects, a comprehensive 'books-on-books' publication with images and text for all the photobooks in the reading room, was released on October 25, 2018. In addition to all 100 books in the How We See Reading Room, the publication includes an annotated history, reference lists of historical books by women photographers, author and visual indexes, and essays by Ishiuchi Miyako, Kristen Lubben, and Valentina Abenavoli.

Female photographers whose books appear in How We See include: Valentina Abenavoli, Laia Abril, Ying Ang, Olivia Arthur, Sophie Calle, Xiaoyi Chen, Zoe Croggon, Cristina de Middel, Laura El-Tantawy, Abigail Heyman, Hannah Höch, Dragana Jurišic, Kristina Jurotschkin, Pixy Liao, Susan Meiselas, Lucia Moholy, Zanele Muholi, Yurie Nagashima, Catherine Opie, Maya Rochat, Guadalupe Ruiz, Eva Saukane, Collier Schorr, Ketaki Sheth, Lieko Shiga, Dayanita Singh, Mitra Tabrizian, Carrie Mae Weems, and many others.

The women who selected books for the How We See Reading Room:

  • Ilgin Deniz Akseloğlu (Middle East)

  • Delphine Bedel & Frédérique Destribats (Western Europe)

  • Federica Chiocchetti (Western Europe)

  • Iona Fergusson (South Asia & Australasia)

  • Amanda Ling-Ning Lo (China & Taiwan)

  • Lesley A. Martin (United States)

  • Oluremi C. Onabanjo (Africa)

  • Mariela Sancari (Latin America)

  • Miwa Susuda (Japan)

  • Daria Tuminas (Eastern Europe)


Reference lists of historical photobooks by women photographers included in the How We See Reading Room publication include historical photobooks by women photographers from 1843 to 2010. These subjective lists (again, of ten books each) are provided by historians, librarians, curators, and writers in the photography and photobook field and lay the foundation for an historical context for the contemporary-leaning photobooks within the reading room and publication. Historical lists are provided by Sagrario Berti, Clara Bouveresse, Hinde Haest, Anne E. Havinga, Carole Naggar, Sayaka Takahashi, Barbara Tannenbaum, Jennifer Tobias, Stephanie H. Tung, and the women on the 10x10 Photobooks team.

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10x10 Photobooks is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization based in New York City with the mission to foster engagement with the global photobook community through an appreciation, dissemination, and understanding of photobooks. Founded in 2012, 10x10 offers an ongoing multi-platform series of public photobook events, including reading rooms, salons, publications, and partnerships with arts organizations and institutions.

The 10x10 Photobooks Organization / How We See Project Team: Olga Yatskevich (10x10 co-founder/director), Russet Lederman (10x10 co- founder/director) and Michael Lang (10x10 director)

Laura Coombs (Publication Designer) Jeff Gutterman (Publication Photographer) Emily Rubin (Publication Copy Editor) Miyuki Hinton (Research Coordinator) Francesca Teodori (Senior Researcher) Felix Chan and Anna Kate Kelley (researchers)

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