The photo book, a tangible object in an overwhelmingly digital industry, is the ultimate goal for many photographers. But for a long time barriers of expertise, equipment and money put this beyond reach. Now, new technologies, trends and business models are changing this, giving individual photographers ever-greater control over how our work is presented and published, whether in partnership with an established press, as part of a collective, or independently.
On 11th April Photo-Forum brings together three photographers to share their work and personal perspectives on the world of photography publishing.
Luke Archer is editor of Loupe, a free photography magazine launched in May 2016. Loupe is now published tryannualy (try and publish it as many times a year as you can). With no theme, each issue instead aims to celebrate the diversity of the medium. Loupe is unique in its ethos as an approachable publication, and the team review and respond to all submissions and always offer feedback when asked. Luke believes that zine publishing can also be a great way for photographers to get their project in print, widely seen and at comparatively low cost compared to book publishing. He feels the resurgence in physical publishing and analog photography is a reaction to the intensive digitisation of our lives, believing publishing will only start to make large shifts digitally when younger, digital native generations reach the work place.
Stuart Freedman is a photographer and writer based between London and New Delhi and is a member of Panos Pictures. In 2015 Dewi Lewis published his first book, The Palaces of Memories – Tales from the Indian Coffee House. Designed by Stuart Smith, the book was a finalist for POYi’s Photobook of the Year 2016 and featured in The American Photography Annual. The work was funded by a successful Kickstarter campaign, and in April he will launch another campaign to fund a second companion volume about London (also published by Dewi Lewis and designed by Stuart Smith), entitled The Englishman and the Eel. Photo-Forum will be the first public viewing of this work.
Martin Usborne, born 1973, lives in London where he works as a photographer, writer and publisher. He has a keen interest in animals, particularly dogs, and his photographic work captures the often painful divide between humans and other creatures. He has published five books and his images have been shown throughout the world in galleries and magazines. He also founded and runs Hoxton Mini Press and will be speaking about both his photographic and publishing endeavours.