The rapid advances in self-publishing have made dreams of producing your own photo book a reality for many photographers over the course of the past couple of years. While self-publishing has existed for quite some time (see the reference to Ed Ruscha’s Twenty-Six Gasoline Stations in this article from the UK’s Guardian newspaper), its ubiquity has burgeoned thanks to companies that allow you to construct your own book from scratch like Blurb and Lulu and sites like Self Publish Be Happy that curate a selection of self-published photo books to be sold. As the trend grows it allows photographers to use their books in new and exciting ways.
While self-publishing companies make it possible to get your book printed, it’s not always so easy to work through constructing a proper edit and layout on your own, or getting your images properly optimized for print. That’s why ONWARD ‘10 selected photographer Susan Hayre Thelwell will be teaching a workshop at Project Basho March 5th and 6th called Self-publishing Your Photobook. The workshop’s aim is to ensure that you understand how a book goes from separate images to a cohesive publication.
We’re excited the have a past ONWARD photographer teaching a workshop at Project Basho. Susan is a New Mexico-based photographer and educator and her gorgeous project, Mitchell’s Lot, which follows Texas goat farmers who sell their goats for halal meat, has been featured in PDN and in Fraction magazines. Her Blurb book was awarded Honorable Mention in the Blurb Photography.Book.Now competition in 2008. Spaces are still open in the workshop and you may register online here.
Whether you are interested in displaying your latest series or to have a portfolio to show potential clients, a well-made photography book is the perfect tangible medium. Self-publishing puts a polished spin on the old cathartic days of zine-making and allows you to produce something more presentable and packaged.