August 2013

The Photo Book Issue

MIke BrodIe, from The Book A Period of Juvenile Prosperity By Twin Palms Publishers

© MIke BrodIe, from The Book A Period of Juvenile Prosperity By Twin Palms Publishers An image from Mike Brodie’s A Period of Juvenile Prosperity, recently published by Twin Palms Publishers. The book has sold well at two independant bookstores featured in our article, “What Bookstores Buy.”

PDNews
Maxim Dondyuk spent two weeks documenting a summer camp for Cossack youth; David Weatherwax, award-winning photographer at The Herald in Jasper, Indiana, explains his approach to community journalism; Cary and Yari Wolinsky, a father-son video production team, have landed repeat business from an NGO that trains monkeys as companions to the disabled.
BY MEGHAN AHEARN AND DAVID WALKER

CREATE

Building a Better GIF
Jamie Beck and Kevin Burg have attracted advertising clients by pioneering a technique for creating sophisticated animated images.
BY CONOR RISCH

Spotlight: Growing Season
We talk to the director of photography and the photo editor at Modern Farmer, a quarterly that debuted this spring, about how they assign photographers to capture the “visual feast” of food, agriculture and farm life around the world.
INTERVIEW BY HOLLY STUART HUGHES

The winners’ gallery for the Great outdoors: Celebrate the World outside

THE PHOTO BOOK ISSUE

Why Gerhard Steidl is a Book Publishing Master 
We interview the German publisher, who considers himself a servant to artists, and nd out why photographers revere his taste and craftsmanship.
BY DAVID WALKER

What Bookstores Buy
The book buyers at five independant bookstores across the U.S. explain how they decide which photo books to stock on their shelves, how they handle calls from self-published photographers and which books sell.
BY PDN STAFF

A New Publishing Model 
Book-publishing veteran Michelle Dunn Marsh explains the preorder-based business plan behind her new imprint, Minor Matters, and why it’s more akin to traditional publishing than crowd funding.
INTERVIEW BY CONOR RISCH

FEATURE

Zack Arias’s Real Answers to Real Questions on Photography
In this excerpt from his new book, the photographer and popular blogger provides honest answers to questions from photographers about pricing, marketing and more.

TECH

How I Got That Shot: Creating the American Dream
With a limited window of time to create and shoot a cover photo for TIME magazine, Jeff Minton prepared to excess.
BY HOLLY STUART HUGHES

Objects of Desire
The Manfrotto Befree tripod; Lexar Professional 1100x XQD Card; Joby UltraPlate Quick Release Plate; Thule Perspektiv Daypack.
BY JESSE WILL

Product Reviews
Hands-on tests of the Sony Cyber-shot RX1, Zeiss Touit 2.8/12 and 1.8/32 lenses, and Pelican S130 Sport Elite Laptop/Camera Divider Pack.
BY THEANO NIKITAS, AIMEE BALDRIDGE AND ERIK SHERMAN 

6 Video Cameras to Ease Your Way Into 4k
Cameras that deliver 4K in a package that’s affordable and relatively easy to use.
BY GREG SCOBLETE

Exposures
Douglas Ljungkvist’s new book about Ocean Beach, New Jersey, was transformed when Hurricane Sandy devastated the community he had spent years photographing; Gaston Lacombe’s photographs of animals in zoos around the world consider the complex motivations of their human captors.
BY DZANA TSOMONDO AND KIRSTEN RIAN