To help fund her new book, Jen Davis made 5x7-inch prints of “Untitled No. 41,” 2011, in an edition of 200 and sold them for $100 apiece. The image had not previously sold, and Davis's dealer, Lee Marks, pulled the image from her inventory.
When book publishers ask photographers to pay the cost of producing and printing a photography book, the artists often raise the money by selling prints or offering them as incentives in crowdfunding campaigns. Some book publishers pay for a trade edition by selling a more expensive “collector’s edition,” packaged with a signed and numbered print. There are several strategies to ensure...
May 31, 2017
When we asked L.A.-based fashion photographer Zen Sekizawa about designing her recent printed promo, she said she wanted to produce something that conveyed the particular flavor of her work—airy, personal and unexpected. (See the story here.) For Sekizawa, equally as important as the images she used was the design of the piece. “I think form is really important—I mean, both... More »
May 12, 2017
Jeanine Michna-Bales went to the 2013 PhotoNOLA portfolio reviews in New Orleans with nine images from a personal project she’d been working on for a decade, wondering if anyone would be interested. The foreboding nighttime photographs depicted landmarks and safe houses along a 1300-mile Underground Railroad route from Louisiana to the Canadian border at Port Huron, Michigan. The work impressed... More »
May 12, 2017
Jeanine Michna-Bales landed a contract from Princeton Architectural Press to publish her foreboding nighttime photographs of Underground Railroad stations. A key part of her pitch to book publishers was a leave-behind packet that she developed for the project. The book, called Through Darkness to Light, was released in late March. Michna-Bales explains the project and how she found a publisher... More »