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Five publishing success stories from 2019

A case study of five antipodean photo books successfully published in 2019 with assistance from Momento Pro: ‘Intuitive Eating’ by Jana Brunclikova; ‘Loud & Luminous 2019’; ‘Farewell Angelina’ by Anna D’Addario; ‘Pelci Manor’ by Sarah J. Walker; and ‘Lost But Found’ by Peter Sharp.

At Momento Pro, we not only print and bind photo books, we advise on the design and binding that best suits their purpose and budget, as well as ways to fund, launch, promote and sell them. For the inexperienced photo book creator, there are many decisions that will affect the cost and success of your publication. Our aim is to guide you through the maze and help deliver the best outcome for you and your book. Here we outline some projects we worked on in 2019, and the secrets behind their success.

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How to score a photobook publishing deal

Securing a photo book deal with a major trade publisher is rare but Australian animal photographer, Peter Sharp, did just that. Here he shares his experience for others to learn how to pitch, negotiate and navigate a photo book deal of their own.

Peter Sharp is a Sydney photographer who has printed albums for his animal portrait photography business with Momento Pro for many years. When he shared his desire to publish a photo book, we recognised that his project had legs due it accessible and popular subject matter.

We advised on how he could self publish his book, and also put him in touch with local publishers, professional designers and industry experts. In October 2018 he scored a major publishing deal for Lost but Found, and he kindly shares the details of successfully securing and navigating his way through below.

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Sarah J. Walker: Second Sight & Pelci Manor

If you’re contemplating entering the Australia & New Zealand photo book awards (or not), peruse this post about Melbourne-based Gen Z photographer Sarah J. Walker who can credit two photobook award wins for producing her first two publications.

Book awards have already played a significant role in the career of emerging Melbourne photographer Sarah J. Walker. In 2017 she won the Perimeter Small Book Prize. She went on to win the Photobook category of the Australia and New Zealand Photobook Award 2018 with Second Sight – the book published as a result of the Small Book Prize.

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‘Permission to Belong’ by Tammy Law

Tammy Law’s artist book, ‘Permission To Belong,’ is the winner of the 2018 Australia & New Zealand Photobook Award People’s Choice prize. The book received 57 of the 268 votes submitted by visitors to the exhibition over the last eight months. Its creation involved years of research with the Koren community, input from local and international mentors, and each of the 95 copies takes a painstaking six hours to print and bind. Congrats Tammy!

Brisbane-based artist Tammy Law has won the 2018 Australia & New Zealand Photobook Award – People’s Choice prize of $500 cash and $1,500 Momento Pro print credit. Her book, Permission To Belong, attracted 57 of the 268 People’s Choice votes collected over the last eight months as the Award exhibition travelled through Australia and New Zealand. This recognition is in addition to the book’s shortlisting in the 2018 Singapore International Photo Festival, and selection for exhibition at Photo Bangkok 2018, and inĀ  Photobook As Object during Photobook New Zealand in March 2018.

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