The Ice Plant: Adventures in Art Book Publishing

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The Ice Plant is a small art book publishing company in Los Angeles, California, that has a wonderful penchant for imagery in which there’s an aspect of the peculiar in the mundane. Mike Slack and Tricia Gabriel, the duo that runs The Ice Plant, leapt into publishing after many combined years of experience in the book business. And while they are both photographers, they estimate that this experience working in the business has more to do with how they publish books than their own creative practices in photography.

They published their first book, Jason Fulford’s Raising Frogs for $$$, in 2006. To date, they have published 19 titles, and, along with artist  Tamara Shopsin, co-publish the 5 Year Diary, which “lets you keep track of the next 60 months of your life in just a few lines a day.” Their next book will be a book of Seth Lower’s photographs, entitled The Sun Shone Glaringly. While they haven’t been able to make the press their one and only job, Gabriel and Slack have managed to continue publishing the books they both want to.

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