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#photobookjousting at Photobook NZ

The Photobook NZ Festival in March 2018 featured a debate about Instagram’s role in the future of photography publishing. We concluded that while the photo book is the superior format for encountering photographs, Instagram is an invaluable tool for photobook makers and self publishers to promote and sell their books.

This post was inspired by a debate I participated in at the second Photobook NZ Festival in Wellington. We concluded that while Instagram is not the future of photography publishing it is an invaluable tool for photobook makers and self publishers to promote and sell their books. I argued that the photo book is the more superior format for encountering and experiencing photographs due it’s physicality and long term accessibility, and my hot tip was that the hashtag #photobookjousting will get your New Zealand and Australian photo book seen by those that count. Read on for arguments from both sides of the debate …

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Meet our bookbinder Marty: 20 years strong

Bookbinding became a popular arts practice in the mid 15th century when the printing press was invented, and Germany was home to the best craftsmen. Our binder Marty, was trained by his German father-in-law and has now been binding for 20 years.

Next month Martin Penny has been binding books for 20 years, which means about half a million books have passed through his hands! We’re proud to say that for ten of those years he’s been running our bindery at Momento Pro, and he still treats every book like it’s the most important book on the planet. Here’s Marty’s story …

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