May 1, 2018

The Photo Book Issue

© Donald Weber

© Donald Weber A spread from Donald Weber’s self-published book War Sand (, designed by Teun van der Heijden. In this issue, Van der Heijden and other book designers explain how they edit and sequence photo books.


Picture Story: Squeezing Water Out of Dust
Photographer Trent Davis Bailey photographed the sprawling, water-intensive operations of America’s biggest farmer for The California Sunday Magazine.
By David Walker

How I Got That Grant: Winning Pulitzer Center Travel Grants
James Whitlow Delano and Sean Gallagher explain how they’ve won multiple grants from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.
By David Walker


The Art and Process of Sequencing Photo Books
PDN asked respected photo book designers to explain their process for creating visual narratives, and how they work with photographers to turn their series into compelling photo books.
By Holly Stuart Hughes

What to Consider Before You Pitch Your Photo Book
Is your body of work a photo book? And if so, what kind? Five publishers and editors offer their answers. 
By Conor RIsch

Self-Publishing Resources
A useful guide to finding what you need to self-publish a photo book or exhibition catalogue.
By Mary Virginia Swanson

From The Archive

Copyright News You Should Know
Excerpts from PDN’s news stories on copyright law and protection, including: the revised U.S. Copyright Office registration process; a ruling on embedding image links from third-parties; changes in a search-engine’s
image displays; blockchain, a form of secure digital recordkeeping.


BUST Magazine: Celebrating 25 Years as the Home of the Female Gaze
PDN spoke with BUST co-founder Laurie Henzel about the female gaze, women’s magazines and why photographers who work for her need to know how to light.
By Conor Risch

Gear & Techniques

How I Got That Shot: Refined Portrait Lighting Done Fast
Known for her minimalist editorial portraits, Celeste Sloman adapted her lighting style on her first entertainment ad assignment, shot for TruTV.
By Holly Stuart Hughes

Product Reviews
Squaring up to the Lomo’Instant Square; shedding weight with Tamron’s 100-400mm telephoto lens; popping off with the Profoto A1.
By Greg Scoblete

Frames Per Second: Solving the  Stills + Motion Lighting Dilemma
How Satellite Lab built a machine for lighting and shooting stills and motion at once.
By Aimee Baldridge

Gear Roundup: 18 Optimal Primes
Great new prime lenses for whatever you shoot.
By Greg Scoblete


Italy’s Mom and Pop
In a new exhibition, Francesco Pergolesi celebrates Italy’s disappearing independent shopkeepers, using environmental portraiture and still lifes of their work tools and ephemera.
By Jon Feinstein

Life in the Woods, Through a Literary Lens
In her new book, Lisa McCarty explores the history of the Transcendentalists by making photographs of the places that were important to them in the 1830s and ’40s, using techniques inspired by their writing.
By Conor Risch

End Frame

Mastery of Suspense: Laia Abril on Christian Patterson
By Holly Stuart Hughes