Andy Adams / Photography

Despite belt-tightening at most publishing companies, independently produced photobooks are more popular than ever. Cover photo courtesy Marc Feustel


THE FUTURE OF PHOTOBOOKS


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.



CASE STUDIES


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!


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