ABC Artists’ Books Cooperative is an international network created by and for artists who make print-on-demand books. Founded in 2009 by German artist Joachim Schmid, the cooperative participates in book fairs and exhibitions predominantly in Europe and North America, and has been at the heart of a number of shows heralding a new age of photography and of artists' self-publishing projects.
ABC has gathered attention for its embracing of print-on-demand technology, an approach that runs counter to traditional offset printing and book publishing models in which artists can incur prohibitive costs.
The multi-volume, collaborative project ABCEUM was featured at the 2014 Brighton Photo Biennial (4 Oct – 2 Nov) at Circus Street Market, Brighton. ABC was one of five photography collectives represented.
ABCED, a collaborative work by ABC in honor of Ed Ruscha's 75th birthday, was prominently featured in the exhibition Ed Ruscha, Books & Co. at the Gagosian Gallery, New York (5 March–27 April 2013).
In 2011, a significant number of artists from the cooperative participated in the From Here On exhibition, curated by ABC founder Joachim Schmid, Martin Parr, Erik Kessels, Joan Fontcuberta and Clément Chéroux at Rencontres d'Arles. ABC members Mishka Henner, Hermann Zschiegner, Andreas Schmidt and Micheál O'Connell/Mocksim (who was not an ABC member at that time) featured prominently in the show with print-on-demand books by them and those of Fred Free, Katja Stuke, Lydia Moyer, Jonathan Lewis, and Travis Shaffer were also on display in the Atelier de mécanique exhibition space.
The cooperative also featured in a self-titled exhibition at Printed Matter in New York in June 2011. Over 80 titles were on view by ABC members Andrea Stultiens, Andreas Schmidt, Böhm/Kobayashi, Burkhard von Harder, David Schulz, Deanna Dikeman, EJ Major, Elisabeth Tonnard, Erik Benjamins, Fred Free, Harvey Benge, Hermann Zschiegner, Jean Keller, Joachim Schmid, Jochen Friedrich, Jonathan Lewis, Joshua Deaner, Julie Cook, Kate Glicksberg, Lydia Moyer, Mariken Wessels, Michael Maranda, Mishka Henner, Robert Pufleb, T. R. Ericsson, Travis Shaffer, Victor Sira, and Wil van Iersel.