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Le Journal de la Photographie: “The Best Photography Books of the Season”

Le Journal de la Photographie
September 19, 2012: The Best Photography Books of the Season

The daily photography news journal, Le Journal de la Photographie, dedicated Wednesday, September 19, 2012 to the best photo books of the season.   To see the selection of books and read more about them click here.

In summary, these are the books they mention:

Mark Shaw The Kennedy’s

Doug Rickard A New American Picture

Dennis Hopper  The Lost Album

Carl de Keyser Moments Before the Flood

Thierry Boccon-Gibod  Michel Berger

Annd Golaz  Metsästä

David Drebin Beautiful Disasters

Sergei Mikhailovich Nostalgia

Brian Finke Master Photographers

Alec Soth Looking for Love, 1996

The Birth of Photography: Gernsheim’s Collection

Wendy Paton Visages de Nuit

San Francisco, Jazz 2012

Ken Schles Oculus

Jim Lee Arrested

Steve Schapiro Then and Now

 

Call for Submissions Deadline Sept 10: PhotoBook Awards 2012

Paris Photo | Aperture Foundation
PhotoBook Awards 2012
Deadline: Monday, September 10, 2012

Paris Photo and Aperture Foundation announce The Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards, celebrating the book’s contribution to the evolving narrative of photography.

 The Awards will focus on two major categories: First PhotoBook and PhotoBook of the Year. A pre-selected shortlist of thirty titles will be profiled in The PhotoBook Review; will be exhibited at Paris Photo at the Grand Palais and at Aperture Gallery in New York; and will tour to other venues, to be determined. The initial selection will be made by Phillip Block, Deputy Director of Programs and Director of Education at International Center of Photography; Chris Boot, Executive Director of Aperture Foundation; Lesley Martin, Publisher, Aperture Foundation; Julien Frydman, Director of Paris Photo; James Wellford, senior international photo editor at Newsweek magazine.

A final jury in Paris, including Els Barents, Director of the Huis Marseille Museum of Photography; Roxana Marcoci, Curator of Photography at the Museum of Modern Art, New York and Curator of the Paris Photo 2012 Platform; Edward Robinson, LACMA associate curator of photography; Thomas Seelig, Curator of the Fotomuseum Winterthur, will select the winners for both prizes, which will be revealed at the opening of Paris Photo on November 14, 2012.

First PhotoBook
A $10,000 prize will be awarded to the photographer/artist* whose first photobook is deemed by an independent jury to be best of the year.

Criteria for Eligibility

  • A book in which the dominant content is photography, produced in physical form, and distributed either for purchase or free of charge.
  • A book which is the first by the given photographer/artist is eligible for entry, whether a first self-published book, a first limited-edition book, a first gallery-published collection, a first book made available by print-on-demand, or a first book published by a publisher for release in the book trade. A first book published by an established publisher is eligible for entry even if the photographer/artist previously released a self-published book or a limited-edition book for distribution outside the trade. However, once a photographer/artist has had a book published by a mainstream publisher in the book trade, a subsequent book (whether self-published or not) is not eligible for entry.
  • May be released by a publisher (in a trade or limited edition) or self-published.
  • First books eligible for entry include those produced via print-on-demand.
  • A book released by a publisher is eligible if it is the first trade book by the given photographer/artist, even if an earlier limited-edition or self published book has previously been made available by that artist/photographer.
  • Books must be produced or published between September 1, 2011, and September 8, 2012. Books produced before September 8, 2012, but not due for release or publication until a later date in 2012, are also eligible.

PhotoBook of the Year
The PhotoBook of the Year Prize will be awarded to the photographer/artist*, and publisher responsible, whose book is deemed by an independent jury to be the best of the year.

Criteria for Eligibility

  • A book in which the dominant content is photography, produced in physical form, and published in an edition of no less than one hundred copies.
  • Books must be produced or published between September 1, 2011, and September 8, 2012. Books produced before September 8, 2012, but not due for release or publication until a later date in 2012, are also eligible for entry.

*Books by or featuring the work of more than one photographer/artist are eligible in both categories.

Entry Fee
First PhotoBook: $30 per book
PhotoBook of the Year: $60 for first entry from a given publisher, $30 for each subsequent entry from the same publisher”

Click here for the submission guidelines.
Click here to apply online.

Article About PYPB in “Amateur Photographer” Magazine

This past fall, Gemma Padley interviewed co-authors Mary Virginia Swanson and Darius Himes about “Publish your Photography Book” for an article in the UK based magazine “Amateur Photographer.”  The article was published in the November 26, 2011 magazine.  You can read the article she wrote here (downloads as PDF).

 

PYPB Featured in the Wall Street Journal Photography Book Gift Guide

“Publish Your Photography Book” has been featured in the Wall Street Journal’s Gift Guide under photography books.  You can see the article and other recommended photography books here.  Thanks, WSJ!

Oct. 26, Boston: Book Night with Neal Rantoul

The Photographic Resource Center
Book Night with guest host Neal Rantoul
Wednesday, October 26, 2011, 6:00 to 8:00 pm
Admission: Free and open to the public

“Open to all photographers who have an interest in photo books and the process of self-publishing. Held in celebration of the Indie Photobook Library, a selection of which is on display at the PRC this month.

Neal Rantoul is a career artist and teacher. He has taught photography since 1971. He is currently head of the Photography Program at Northeastern University and taught for thirteen years at Harvard University as well as at the New England School of Photography. Rantoul is member of the Board of Directors of the PRC.”

PRC Gallery
832 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts   [map]

September 21st, Boston: Reception for “Threefold” Selections from the Indie Photobook Library

Photographic Resources Center at Boston University
“Threefold” Selections from the Indie Photobook Library
Curated by Larissa Leclair, Shane Lavalette and George Slade

Reception: Wednesday, September 21, 2011, 6:30 to 8:00 pm
Exhibition will be on view until November 12, 2011.

In the last decade various technologies have enabled artists to publish not only small editions of a book, but individual volumes when needed. Now, instead of a few books being made in large quantities, many books are being made in small quantities. The Indie Photobook Library (iPL), founded by Larissa Leclair in 2010, is committed to cataloging and preserving examples of the multitude of books that may never find their way into conventional library catalogues because of their modesty, or because they were often created by individual artists whose practice doesn’t include conventional distribution.

“Threefold” reflects the idiosyncratic interests of three curators — Shane Lavalette, Larissa Leclair, and George Slade — each adopting a unique focal point in an attempt to represent a remarkable moment in contemporary independent publishing.”  (From the PRC’s website.)

Photographic Resource Center at Boston University
832 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts 02215
617-975-0600

 

PYPB in Excelsior, Minnesota

Last month on July 20th, I gave a lecture and book signing in my hometown of Minneapolis at Excelsior Bay Books.  The event was well attended and all declared they enjoyed my lecture prior to the book signing.

Among the many photographers who attended:

David Bowman
Linda Brooks
Linda Gammell
Caroline Houdek
Lesley “Lester” Hughes
Brett Kallusky
Karen Kline
Bruce Kluckhohn
Jesse Mraz
Rebecca Pavlenko
Sarah Sampedro
(forgive me if I’ve missed any of you!)

and the one and only Kat Dalager, one of the best art buyers EVER!

I was honored to present to my friends, family, and colleagues!

Excelsior Bay Books

 

Before and after the signing: SOLD OUT!

 

My childhood best friend, Cathy Hurd Senescall.

 

Interview with Eric Miles on ‘Photography Book Collecting’

In November 2009 Elizabeth Avedon interviewed Eric Miles, Director of photo-eye Auctions about photo book collecting.  You can read the still very relevant interview here, on Elizabeth Avedon’s blog.

ARTBOOK / Paper Chase LA event big success

Our Monday night panel discussion with Jane Brown, Nicole Latz and Toah Berman was a big success! The space was overflowing. Thanks to all that came out…

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August 28th & 29th: Publishing Project Consultations in Los Angeles

Darius Himes and Mary Virginia Swanson will be offering a limited number of 1 hour private project consultations on Sunday, August 28th and Monday, August 29th.  Consultations will be held at the Le Montrose Suite Hotel in West Hollywood.

Contact Kelsey Vance for availability and scheduling: assistant@mvswanson.com

Book a consultation: