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‘ROYGBIV’ by ANZPA Student winner Kira Sampurno

The Australia and New Zealand Photobook Award Student Winner for 2018, Kira Sampurno, reveals details about the editing, sequencing and design process of ROYGBIV.

We feel it’s important to tell the story behind photo books as it gives insight into their purpose and process. It can also enlighten those creating their own photo book or looking to enter international photo book competitions.

Today we interview the Australia and New Zealand Photobook Award Student Winner for 2018, Kira Sampurno, about her playful publication, ROYGBIV, that presents a fresh perspective on the streetscape of downtown Wellington. Indonesian born, Sampurno, produced the book as part of a Bachelor of Design (Honours) at Massey University, New Zealand. Read on to learn how she put it together.

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A portfolio that speaks volumes: Matt Portch

A portfolio must make an impact, and Melbourne photographer Matthew Portch achieves this with his large format book featuring red, white and blue that complement the large format images of North America on the inside. We ask him about the process of putting it together.

Matthew Portch is a Bristol born lad who now lives in Melbourne, Australia. After a successful career in graphic design, photography captured his interest. He was particularly inspired by the work of North American large-format colour film photographers of the 1960s and 1970s, which is evident in his latest portfolio. Rather than combine a variety of images from different commercial and personal projects, his folio focuses on a single photographic series that walks the line between quietly understated and high impact. We asked him about the process of putting it together.

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10 Golden Rules of Photobook Design by Sybren Kuiper

The ten golden rules of photobook design by Dutch graphic designer Sybren Kuiper.

Sybren Kuiper is a contemporary Dutch graphic designer who specialises in narrating stories through images and text. His ten rules below are written from the perspective of a graphic designer when working with a photographer on a photobook project.

#1. Never forget the basics: a photo book has two defining qualities: 1. it is a book; 2. it is full of photographs.

#2. When you start designing don’t listen to the photographer. Listen to the photos, then to the photographer.

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Photo book design tips from design experts

In this blog post we’ve collected design tips from local and international photo book creators, and some photo book design theory, to help you do your photographs justice. The focus is not on ‘commercially successful’ design but on design that is fit for the purpose of the book whether it be a personal photo project, a self published book, an artist book or other.

Great layout and page design is not intuitive, a fact that has been proven by thousands of books that have passed through Momento’s print facility. We see many good designs but many would also benefit from using a few design fundamentals.

While photographers are more visually literate than most, the ability to compose within the frame of a photograph doesn’t always translate to composition within the frame of a double page spread, but if you want to create the most effective photo book, good design is critical. Depending on the purpose and budget for your book you can choose to design it yourself, or seek assistance from a professional. In either case, the design should always be driven by the purpose and intention of your book.

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