Public Collectors - January 2018 Newsletter. Library Excavations in Philadelphia!
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Hello and happy new year to all who have been following and supporting the work of Public Collectors. 2018 promises to be a productive year with new publications, new discoveries and events, and collaborations with old and new friends.

Publishing has become a big part of the Public Collectors project and 2017 brought a number of new booklets. You can find all of these materials in the webstore of Half Letter Press. If you think you missed something this past year, it's probably available right here.

The coming months will bring multiple new publications but they are all still in the slow cooker. Once the timer starts beeping, I'll be sure to let you know. In the meantime, thank you for your willingness to receive these updates and I hope we connect sometime soon.

— Marc Fischer / Public Collectors

Public Collectors at The Print Center in Philadelphia

All seven issues from the Library Excavations booklet series by Public Collectors will be on view in the exhibit By the Book Vol. 2: New Photography Publications at The Print Center on 1614 Latimer Street in Philadelphia from January 9-April 21, 2018. In addition to the booklets, I'm presenting a digital slide show of around 75 photos taken in Chicago's Harold Washington Library in the last year and free bookmarks that library patrons can use to advocate for items they feel might be at risk of being discarded. Copies of the Library Excavations booklets are available in the Print Center's fine shop.

Also included in this exhibit are Saleem Ahmed, Tim Carpenter, Julianna Foster, Nicholas Muellner, and Joshua Rashaad McFadden. More information at

All Library Excavations booklets are also available for purchase online.

Library Excavations on Instagram

I continue to take a lot of photos in public libraries while working on Library Excavations and I've been posting many of these on Instagram. If you've ever wanted to haunt public libraries with me (particularly Harold Washington Library in Chicago) here's your chance. I've also started making announcements of days when I'll be at the library working, for those who might like to share in my explorations or take me on a tour of their own. Keep an eye on Instagram for details and when and where I'll be. Visit or follow: @libraryexcavations

Tumblr's Not Dead

Remember back in the day when everyone loved making blogs on Tumblr, and then suddenly everyone wanted to do something else? After a bit of a lapse, Public Collectors is back in action on Tumblr and posting new discoveries. If you haven't checked out the Tumblr page in a while, have a look at everything that's new, like the four examples above. It's all here.

The Public Collectors Joong Boo Residency Program

I launched the Public Collectors Joong Boo Residency Program in August 2016. The residency consists of me buying Korean lunch for the resident at Joong Boo Market on 3333 N. Kimball Avenue in Chicago. I also take a photo and write a little report. The Residency Program has been such a great experience and such a successful experiment that I plan to continue hosting them at the same rate of up to two per month. In December 2017, both applicants had to postpone. If you'd like to apply for 2018, please do!

The Joong Boo Residency is open to creative individuals that like Korean food and are interested in sharing lunch with me. There is no cost to be a resident. A typical Joong Boo Residency lasts about an hour. Residencies can be expanded to include additional experiences and conversation time.

To apply for a Joong Boo Residency, simply contact me, tell me about what you do (links to any websites would be great) and let me know the date and time that you would prefer. Note that residencies are intended for individuals and, under normal circumstances, Chicago residents are not eligible for Joong Boo Residencies. View all past residents here.

This wraps up the first Public Collectors newsletter of 2018. Thank you for your time and interest and best wishes for a happy healthy new year.
— Marc / Public Collectors

Public Collectors organizes exhibitions and events, participates in exhibitions organized by others, creates exhibition opportunities for collectors, teaches, lectures, responds to research inquiries, and makes its own publications. The administrator of Public Collectors is Marc Fischer. He is based in Chicago, Illinois.

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Public Collectors c/o
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P.O. Box 12588
Chicago, IL 60612

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