“photo-eye is happy to present our Best Books of 2012. This is the time of year when nearly every publication comes out with at least one year-end list. Some people love them, some hate them, and their value is nearly always up for debate, yet they seem irresistibly interesting. What we strive for with our list is a little different from most, and this year we thought we’d clarify our process.” Click here to read the full article and to see the extensive list of books.
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.
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.
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”
“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.”
832 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts [map]
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
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.
At the end of May we told you about a panel discussion about “The Future of Photobooks” happening at the Flash Forward Festival in Boston. On Saturday, June 4th, Andy Adams, Miki Johnson, Shane Lavalette, Michael Itkoff, Bruno Ceschel, and Alan Rapp participated in this discussion, moderated by Stephen Mayes, Managing Director, VII Photo. ”The discussion explored the state of photobook production, consumption and distribution in the Internet Era.”
If you were not able to attend the festival, you can see a video of the discussion here or on Andy Adams’ website. Scroll down on the page on his website so you don’t miss the extensive list of online photobook resources Andy has up there as well (thanks, Andy!).
Los Angeles: “To Be Published or Self-Publish? Options for Artist” at ARTBOOK @ Paper Chase, July 11th
Coauthors Mary Virginia Swanson and Darius Himes will give a 30-minute visual presentation for artists who wish to bring their art work to book form, discussing both traditional publishing and self-publishing avenues towards helping determine the pros/cons of each path. Following their lecture, MVS and DH will lead a discussion with industry professionals involved in making, distributing and selling of art books: Nicole Katz, cofounder Paper Chase Press; Mathew Swenson, Creative Director, Paper Chase Press; Jane Brown, Director, ARTBOOK | D.A.P. (Distributed Art Publishers); and Tosh Berman, Book Buyer, Book Soup. Time will be allotted for Q&A. Copies of Publish Your Photography Book will be available for purchase at the event.
Nicole Katz is the owner of Paper Chase Press and Eighth Veil. Founded by Nicole’s family in 1976, Paper Chase combines its commercial press and bindery with Eighth Veil’s program of exhibitions and publications on contemporary art.
Mathew Swenson is the creative director of Paper Chase Press and founder of Paper Chase Intelligence (PCI). PCI is a creative services bureau that offers its clients access to freelancers like writers, designers, and photographers without the typical bureaucracy of an agency. Through PCI he, provides guidance to grow his clients’ brands through marketing and social networking initiatives.
Jane Brown is Vice President, National Accounts Director and Director of ARTBOOK @ Paper Chase. She’s been a sales director at D.A.P. (now called ARTBOOK | D.A.P.) since 2002. Founded in 1990, ARTBOOK | D.A.P. has grown into a major international distributor of books, special editions and rare publication from an array of the world most respected publishers, museums and cultural institutions.
Tosh Berman is the publisher and editor for TamTam Books, as well as the book buyer for Book Soup, an independent bookstore in West Hollywood. Tosh is currently working on a book on the band ‘Sparks’ as well as a memoir “My Struggle” of his teenage/childhood years.
MVS and DH are offering private project consultations on July 10th and 11th; click here for details.
“The 4th Photobook Festival will once again focus on current developments in the genre of the photographic book. Internationally renowned guests have been invited to present their work and to engage with the visitors to the festival. Workshops, screenings, reviews, exhibitions, trade stalls and the presentation of our awards will offer excitement and inspiration.” Visit the festival’s website (in English or German) to see the schedule and to learn more about the festival.
Last night, Mary Virginia Swanson lead a discussion on the differences and overlapping aspects of traditional publishing vs. self-publishing. Special Guests and fellow Tucsonans LISA M. ROBINSON (SNOWBOUND, Kehrer Verglag 2007) and MICHAEL HYATT (MIGRANT ARTIFACTS: Magic and Loss in the Sonoran Desert, Grand Circle Books 2007) shared their paths to publication. A rich and engaging dialogue with the audience followed. ASMP’s Tucson Chapter hosted the evening, held at Meckler Studio in downtown Tucson.
Next stop: New York City! Two free events are scheduled; a lecture at SVA on Thursday, May 26th followed by a reception and book signing at ICP on Friday, May 27th.