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Among the buzz of photographers, publishers and members of the public gathered around tables full of photobooks, stood Nadim Asfar.Kaph Books, which Salame founded at the end of 2015, specializes in art books. A newcomer to the established Lebanese publishing scene, it counts under a dozen publications for now and features the work of Lebanese artists including Asfar, Akram Zaatari, Lamia Joreige, Rabih Mroue and Ziad Antar.Kaph Books is responding to a specific need of artists.Highly customized and catering to a niche market, artist books often don't conform to the criteria of larger, more established publishing houses, whether in Lebanon or abroad.Art books might sometimes be produced in partnership with an exhibition venue or as part of an art residency or grant, but, for most working artists, publishing a book that captures their exhibition or evolving practice is the exception rather than the rule.Ziad Antar, who attended Arles with Kaph Books last year and this year independently, had published several books abroad before working with Salame.Asfar's exhibition, "Where I end and you begin," is currently showing at the Beiteddine Art Festival.The show features his ongoing work on Lebanese landscapes – in contrast to his book "Habiter Le Jour," which brings together images taken from his Beirut balcony.
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