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How to self publish a photo book in the Antipodes

Momento Pro has learnt a lot about the ins and outs of publishing a photo book over the last 15 years, and now we’ve summarised the main points in this blog post, along with links to further information. To make your book a reality, read on …

Momento Pro has spent 15 years immersed in photo book printing, learning about people’s publishing experiences in Australia and New Zealand, and making friends with all the services that can help make your book a success.

We’ve also hosted photo book awards since 2011 which give us unique insight and statistics into antipodean photo book publications. In this blog post we share our findings in a simple guide that includes data, questions and topics for you to consider before publishing your photo book.

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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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#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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APPA Photography Book Awards 2016

Geiko & Maiko of Kyoto by Robert van Koesveld won the AIPP APPA Photography Book Award 2015 and entries are now open until 11 August for the 2016 Awards. Enter now.

 

Geiko & Maiko of Kyoto by West Australian photographer Robert van Koesveld won the Australian Institute of Professional Photography’s APPA Photography Book Award 2015, and entries are now open again for the 2016 Awards but only until 11 August.

This photo book presents a series of portraits of geisha in a stunning design that incorporates patterns lifted directly from their exquisite costumes, along with complementary images and information about the cultural rituals and service network that allows the art form to live on.

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