Perimeter Books in Thornbury is fast becoming a prolific little shop, popping up in new spots all over the place. As well as its flagship store on High Street in Thornbury, a corner set-up at Collingwood cafe Mina-no-ie, and the curation of the hotel lobby library at Hotel Hotel in Canberra, Perimeter has just unveiled its next outpost at the Centre of Contemporary Photography.
With a specific focus on contemporary photography from around the world, the store stocks a curated selection of small press and art publications from international publishing houses and imprints including Spector Books (Germany), Kodoki Press (Switzerland), The Ice Plant (USA), Art Paper Edition (Belgium) Super Labo (Japan) and Mack (UK), as well as a selection from local publishers M.33 and in-house imprint Perimeter Editions.
“The idea is that CCP and Perimeter are teaming to revitalise CCP’s store, making it more relevant to what’s happening in contemporary publishing,” says arts writer Dan Rule, who owns Perimeter Books with his wife Justine Ellis.
Like their other spaces – and with their distinct knack for selecting an array of uncommon titles for specialised interests – the Perimeter duo will offer a hand-picked selection of titles here you’re unlikely to find anywhere else in the country. Situated in the same little nook in the gallery that previously held the CCP’s in-house selection of art and photography books, this new Perimeter store will also allow Rule and Ellis to curate and program events and book launches with the gallery.
“It’s the beginning of more collaborative activity between CCP and Perimeter, and publishing more widely,” says Rule. “It’s a nice jumping off point for book launches, photo-book fairs and publishing-related activities.”
The launch coincides with a new exhibition featuring the work of Polly Borland, Jack Mannix, Tony Garifalakis, Cyprien Gaillard and Laura Hindmarsh, running until May 25.