Anywhere but here by Alex McTigue. www.alexmctigue.com.
25 Jun 2010
Self Publish, Be Smart
DIY photobooks are the way to go...
There's a lot of interest around self-published photobooks right now.
In last month's issue (June) we brought you news of a new inititaive, Self Publish Be Happy, and it's first event at The Photographers' Gallery, featuring more than 60 photobooks, including works by well knowns such as Stephen Gill, and less knowns like Alex McTigue (whose Anywhere but here is pictured above).
And in July's issue we have a small story on British photographer Nick Turpin's new venture as a publisher.
He's one of a number of photographers who have gone beyond merely putting out their own work and have now set up mini publishing companies to promote the wotk of others.
Perhaps the best known example is Alec Soth and his Little Brown Musroom imprint. And the success of his first major venture with LBM, publishing the work of fellow Magnum photographer Trent Parke – Bedknobs & Broomsticks – goes to show that if you have the name, and you're web-savy, you really don't need traditional publishers any more.
The book went on sale earlier this week, and it's sold out already, according to Soth.
Not that Soth is abandoning traditional publishers altogether – and they don't come much more traditional that Gerhard Steidl. And I mean that in the best possible sense.
(You can read a profile of the publisher from our March issue here.)
If you look down a few posts on Soth's blog, you'll see a few pictures he took at Steidlville recently, where he's been overseeing the production on his latest book. To the first person to comment here with the correct name of his "roommate", I'll send out a copy of Steidl's Fall/Winter catalogue – a thing of beauty in itself, and usually only available to people in the book trade.
Meanwhile, Rome's Fotografia photofestival will be celebrating self-published books and dummies in September. And, we hear, Martin Parr and Gerry Badger are hoping to put out a third volume of their series, The Photobook: A History, including a chapter on self-published books.
We'll be taking a closer look at the whole subject in a forthcoming issue, and we'd be very keen to see your own self-published books.
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