This submission also deals with memory and loss. From an exhibition the two artists had in Montepulciano last year. Produced with the artists at a small press in Italy.
Submissions for the bookMARKs exhibition are beginning to arriving! If you are a submitting artist, please send us a JPEG or 2 of your publication so we can post them here on this blog. And if your publication is ready to submit, now's the time!
This first one is entitled Return by Sylvia de Swaan. It is a softcover book with black-and-white photographs depicting a train journey through post communist Eastern Europe to explore transience, loss, personal history, memory and roots.
If you are making a Blurb book, they are offering a $10.00 discount on all orders during the month of September. Just enter the promo code TENOFF when you check out. This is a great time to try out Blurb, especially with the bookMARKs deadline only a little over 7 short weeks away. I've never used Blurb before and I'm actually going to give it a whirl. I'll post here about my Blurb experience so watch this space.
Blurb has recently announced the 2011 winners of its annual Photography Book Now competition. The Grand Prize winner is Gomorrah Girl by Valerio Spada and I think one of the reasons this book looks so great is because it is NOT a Blurb book! Printed in color offset and designed by Dutch designer Sybren Kuiper of -SYB-, Spada wanted to create a compelling artifact to reveal the very sensitive and powerful story his photographs convey. He had to go beyond the limitations that current print-on-demand services offer in order to do so. The result is photobookmaking at its best and a well deserved Grand Prize.
Print-on-demand has great potential and enabling applications. Companies like Blurb, Lulu and HP's MagCloud offer artists the ability to print and publish on their own, but just because one can doesn't necessarily mean one ought to. There is a lot to be said for working with a designer that is sensitive to and in tune with one's work, and also to go beyond what these packaged technologies have to offer. It is eminently possible to create a great publication using print-on-demand technologies, but it is also important to remember that it is but one of many ways to produce a publication. Books are enduring artifacts, just like any tangible work of art. The most convenient or popular processes are not necessarily the best or most appropriate for the work in question. We're looking forward to seeing the results of our artists' publication processes over the next couple of months.
Submission forms are already coming in and I'm pretty sure I can safely say this exhibition is going to rock. We shall see just how hard over the next few weeks, but so far we're really excited about its potential.
I updated the links page with a few more resources, including some favorite photobook blogs, They're great web destinations to read about the latest and greatest photography publications out there. Supremely recommended!
If you have any web resources you think ought to be listed on our links pages, please share them below in the comments. And do keep those submission forms coming by completing our contact form.
We would also like to encourage everyone to spread the word about the bookMARKs exhibition through all means imaginable (blogging, email, Facebook, Twitter, even word-of-mouth).
My friend and recent collaborator Saul Robbins sent me this link to a rather good video describing how to use InDesign to print booklets, one of the most direct and easy ways to make a zine or booklet. The instructor's personality notwithstanding, this is pretty much all you need to know in order to produce your own simple publication using just your computer and printer. If you watch it directly on YouTube, you'll find a bunch of other InDesign tutorial videos that are also pretty helpful.
Please add to the Comments of this post any thoughts you'd like to share about the exhibition, any ideas or questions, any interesting links or anything else you find worth discussing at this beginning point of the process. I may add a forum to this site if further discussion and interaction is desired. Just let me know.
For starters, I'd like to share a link to a page on Andy Adams' website about The Future of Photobooks that includes a video of the panel discussion from FlashForward Boston that took place earlier this year. It is a bit long but highly recommended.
Regardless of how you may feel about panel discussion videos, definitely check out the great list of links to other photobook-related resources at the bottom of the page!