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The International Portfolio of Artists Photography was an assembling book project launched by John P. Jacob in 1983. The project was conceived to integrate mail art, book art, and photography. Following the model of Richard Kostelanetz' Assembling Press,[1] Jacob invited potential contributors to submit seventy-five copies of an original photograph, and these were alphabetically assembled into books. Contributions were solicited through the mail art community, in particular Judith Hoffberg's Umbrella. The First Portfolio included works by thirty-seven artists from fourteen nations, bound into a tri-fold muslin folio that Jacob designed and hand-sewed. Two sets of prints were used to create exhibition copies that traveled to venues in Europe, Asia, and in the US during 1983 and '84. The "Notes" accompanying it announce the project as a ten-year effort, with subsequent volumes focusing on photography from specific geographical regions, to appear biennially. The Second Portfolio, scheduled for 1985, would focus on the Soviet Bloc countries of Eastern Europe; the Third on South America; the Fourth on Asia; and the Fifth, like the First, would be "open to artists throughout the world."[2] Only the First and the Second International Portfolio of Artists Photography were completed.

Participants: Vittore Baroni (Italy); George B. Benington (US); Guy Bleus (Belgium); Christopher Burnett (US); Russell Butler (US); Charles Francois (Belgium); H.R. Fricker (Switzerland); Henryk Gajewski (Netherlands); Ubaldo Giacomucci (Italy); Pete Horobin (Scotland); G.X. Jupitter Larsen (Canada); Dennis Letbetter (US); Serge Luigetti (Italy); Peter Lyssiotis (Australia); Ruggero Maggi (Italy); Giancarlo Martina (Italy); Des McLean (US); Jurgen Olbrich (West Germany) Frank Oliver/Eric Finlay (UK); Sjoerd Paridaen (Belgium); Irma Perez (US); Victor Perez (US); Janice Peshke (Canada); Carlo Pittore/Mark Melnicove (US); Steve Random (US); Steen Moller Rasmussen (Denmark); Larry Rippel (US); Robert Rehfeldt (East Germany); Waclaw Ropiecki (Poland (Missing)); Carsten Schmidt-Olsen (Denmark); Lon Spiegelman (US); Robert Swierkewicz (Hungary); Patrick T (US); B.J. Tisa (US); Emmett Walsh (US); Ioan Bunnus bei Widmaier (West Germany); Gert Wibe (Sweden).

Exhibition Venues:

  • Buro fur Kunstlerische, Trogen, Switzerland (10/1983)
  • Department of Art, Sung Kyun Kwan University, Seoul, Korea (11/1983)
  • Kunoldstrasse 34, Kassel, West Germany (12/1983)
  • Media Gallery, Gent, Belgium (2/1984)
  • Artestudio, Bergamo, Italy (4/1984)
  • Memorial Gallery, Glassboro State College, Glassboro, NJ (9/1984)


  1. ^ Kostelanetz, Richard. "Assembling Press". Richard Kostelanetz. Retrieved 27 January 2014. 
  2. ^ Jacob, John (1983). First International Portfolio of Artists Photography. New York: Riding Beggar Press. 

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