Despite belt-tightening at most publishing companies, independently produced photobooks are more popular than ever. Cover photo courtesy Marc Feustel
In December 2009, Miki Johnson and I teamed up to produce The Future of Photobooks, a cross-blog conversation considering the question, What will photobooks become over the next ten years? Our aim was to pool collective wisdom from a variety of photographic disciplines, so we invited practitioners from across the globe to publish answers to that question on their respective blogs. Browse the project summary »
On Saturday, June 4, 2011, we traveled to the Flash Forward Festival Boston to participate in a panel discussion that explored the state of photobook production, consumption and distribution in the Internet Era. About the Event »
Online community contributions were an essential part of the original Future of Photobooks, so I wanted to share our discussion with those who weren't able to attend the event in person. In the spirit of public discourse, we streamed a live video feed and invited the online audience to post responses in a Facebook chat during the panel. Moderator Stephen Mayes and I monitored the online comments and integrated the big ideas into the conversation happening in Boston.
Missed our video discussion? Join us online.
The live stream discussion was an experiment in bridging online/offline conversations that drew global audiences from London, Spain, Dublin, Copenhagen, Madrid and Rome. Since then, the video discussion has been loaded more than 38,000 times by people from 97 countries around the world.
In support of the panel, I launched Flak Photo Books, a Facebook group focused on promoting independently produced titles and community-based conversations about the changing face of photobook-making.
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Simon Roberts' We English, The reader as collaborator, Presented by Miki Johnson, Hey Miki (00:13:31)
Lay Flat, On independent publishing, Presented by Shane Lavalette, Lay Flat (00:19:00)
Aaron Huey's Pine Ridge Project, What role does the photobook play?, Presented by Michael Itkoff, Daylight Media (00:31:25)
Candela Books, Small fine art photo publishing ventures, Presented by Alan Rapp, Alan Rapp Studio (00:41:10)
Preston is my Paris Publishing, On collective publishing, Presented by Bruno Ceschel, Self Publish, Be Happy (00:51:20)
ONLINE PHOTOBOOK RESOURCES
Indie Photobook Library's Recommended Reading, Compiled by Larissa Leclair
Little Brown Mushroom's PhotoBook & Zine Links, Compiled by Alec Soth
Lay Flat's Print Publishing Links, Compiled by Shane Lavalette
Photo-Eye Publisher's Showcase, Compiled by Photo-Eye Magazine
Fine Press Book Association's Podcasts & Webcasts
Printer Resources for Independent Art Publishers, Compiled by Ooga Booga Store
The Photo Book Club World Map, Produced by Matt Johnston & Wayne Ford
ABC Artists' Books Cooperative
Book Arts & Design Competitions Blog, Published by Shawn K. Simmons
International Photo Book Publishers, Published by European Photography Magazine (PDF, 58 KB)
5B4 Photography and Books, Published by Jeffrey Ladd
The Independent Photobook, Published by Joerg Colberg & Hester Keijser
The PhotoBook, Published by Douglas Stockdale
One Year of Books, Published by Laurence Vecten
Des livres et des photos, Published by Rémi Coignet (In French)
***Are there other links I should consider? Post them in my Call for Online Photobook Resources. Thank you!
I'm passionate about using digital media to promote the art & culture of photography.
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