Everything in Between". Shirley Read. Elsevier/Focal Press: London, UK and New York, USA. 2008. 263 pages.
Shirley Read is based in London and is an independent curator and teacher of exhibition workshops. She is a Research Fellow at the Photography and Archive Research Centre, London College of Communications. The book delivers what it promises in the title - a practical guide to exhibiting photography. Read does not present a hard and fast template but emphasizes the creative and technical choices that photographers must make in editing, selecting and exhibiting work. She covers everything including finding a space, planning and research, publicity, preparation, hanging and follow-up. Five case studies are used to illustrate the key concepts and practical tips. The roles and responsibilities of the exhibitor, gallery director and curator are compared and contrasted. Budgeting, fundraising and sponsorship are discussed in detail. Exhibition design is thoroughly covered. In conclusion, Read quotes Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, "The enemy of photography is the convention, the fixed rules of 'how to do'. The salvation of photography comes from the experiment". The book is very informative and helpful in demystifying the process of creating an exhibition. A must read for first timers and a useful reference for others.