Photo Books

What Laia Abril Learned about Cinematic Photo Book Sequencing from Christian Patterson

May 31, 2018

By Holly Stuart Hughes

© Christian Patterson

The photo that appears after the title page of Christian Patterson’s 2011 book, Redheaded Peckerwood. Patterson says, “I wanted there to be a great deal of mystery” within the book.

When photo editor and photographer Laia Abril is thinking about how to sequence images in a photo book, she always thinks about the experience of the reader. “I need to control your attention,” she explains. “If I give too much information, you get bored. If I go with too many emotional images, you get too sad. I always have in...

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