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The Making of PAPA

Lino Hellings
Participating artists' press agency
The Making of PAPA is a photo book. It contains 250 photographs taken by 35 photographers from 6 countries.
PAPA - participating artists' press agency - is an international, curated network of artist-correspondents, initiated and led by Lino Hellings. PAPA is nomadic, it doesn't have a fixed office but works from temporary offices in cities all over the world. Projects can be self-initiated or commissioned by third parties. PAPA is an instrument for world mapping, gently fixing even the most stubborn pieces into meaningful patterns. PAPA's street level observations inspire a broad audience and inform specialist arenas as art, city development, politics and the news industry.
PAPA's working method is based on 'reading the street'. The correspondents go out with a camera and picture 'what catches the eye' with a clear question in the head and on appropriate locations. Subsequently, the photographers 'read the pictures out loud' by adding texts to the pictures. During a project or commission new images and texts are posted on the shared photo blog of PAPA every day.
 
The Making of PAPA combines a DIY manual, an introduction to the cities in which PAPA has operated so far, visual essays by a mix of photographers and a text on the bottom-up creation of PAPA and its first adventures.
 
Source: post editions