Publish Your Photography Book - 2nd Edition

Praise for Publish Your Photography Book

Mary Virginia Swanson’s and Darius Himes’ Publish Your Photography Book Seminar is one of the best I have ever attended.  Swan and Darius clarify what it takes to publish and what options are available to the individual photographer. They are uniquely honest and thorough. By the time the seminar was over, I felt I had a new way to think about how to publish and myriad specific sources to call upon. A life changer….

Candace Gaudiani, seminar participant

About Publish Your Photography Book

We live in the golden age of the photography book. Since the early 1990s, the number of photography book publishers has continued to grow while technological developments have placed more tools for bookmaking directly in the hands of photographers. For the students and working artists who have chosen photography as their primary means of expression, having their own photography book is seen as a passport to the international photography scene. Yet, few have more than a tentative grasp of the component parts of a book, an understanding of what they want to express, or the know-how needed to get a book published. Publish Your Photography Book is the first book to demystify the process of producing and publishing a book of photographs.

About the Revised & Updated edition

In this revised and updated edition of Publish Your Photography Book, industry insiders Darius D. Himes and Mary Virginia Swanson take budding authors througth the publishing process—from concept through production, marketing, and sales—pointing out the many avenues to pursue and pitfalls to avoid. This expert guide is organized in six sections covering the rich history of the photobook:

– an overview of the publishing industry
– an intimate look at the process of making a book
– a close review of how to market a photobook, with updated advice for social media
– a section on case studies, built around discussions and interviews with published photographers
– and a final section presenting a wealth of resources, information, and links to aid in the understanding of the publishing world

Publish Your Photography Book (2011; 2nd edition, Revised and Updated, 2014) presents a number of additional interviews and contributions from industry professionals, including artists, publishers, designers, packagers, editors, and other industry experts who openly share their publishing experiences. This new edition features updated case studies and resources, as well as expanded information on digital publishing platforms, with advice on how to make and market your e-book.

About the Authors

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Darius D. Himes is the International Head of Photographs, Christie’s. Prior to joining Christie’s he was the director of Fraenkel Gallery. He was a founding editor of the quarterly journal photo-eye Booklist and a cofounder of Radius Books, a nonprofit company publishing books on the visual arts. Himes is a frequent lecturer and writer who contributes to numerous publications.

Mary Virginia Swanson is an author, educator, and advisor to artists and arts organizations whose career includes exhibiting, collecting, and licensing photography. In 2013, Swanson received the Focus Award for Lifetime Achievement in Photography from the Griffin Museum in Boston. Her publications, articles, and blog are invaluable resources for photographers that can be found at