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left: Malo from 1973–1981
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right: Larry from 1974–1981
"Larry lived on the Lower East Side. He drank beer."
Book Talk and Signing with John Comazzi
Tuesday, June 24 at 5:30pm
The Cliff Dwellers Club, Chicago
In conjunction with the new exhibit Inflected Modernism: The Architecture Photography of Balthazar Korab, John Comazzi will be speaking at the Cliff Dwellers Club. He will sign copies of Balthazar Korab: Architect of Photography. This event is free and open to the public.
Day 2 at Book Expo was all about our upcoming Sept. book PetCam. We raffled off a camera, while special guest shutterbug Stella snapped her own PetCam photos of his adoring fans. Having charmed even the most weary book lovers, Stella slipped out of the booth on assignment before a cat known to get a little Grumpy made the scene!
Over the course of 18 years, Robert Dawson has photographed hundreds of public libraries across the United States, from the monumental to the modest. Check out more portraits of the vibrant but threatened American institution in The Public Library: A Photographic Essay.
BEE — An artist looks at the honeybee through the lens of an electron microscope.
Work on BEE, the handsome and inspiring book by artist and photographer Rose-Lynn Fisher, began the first time she peered at the magnified image of a bee’s eye and realized that its 6,900 hexagonal lenses looked shockingly similar to a honeycomb. Was this a coincidence or a clue, she wondered? Was there a deeper connection between the structure of a bee’s vision and the structures that it builds (“corresponding frequencies expressed in corresponding forms,” as Fisher puts it)? This set her off on a quest which resulted in this award-winning book (2010 International Photography Awards).
Polaroid inventor Edwin Land, the Steve Jobs of his day, was born on this day in 1909 – here are some timeless lessons in ingenuity and innovation from the story of Polaroid
Happy Birthday Dr. Land! Read more in Instant: The Story of Polaroid.
Publish Your Photography Book
Wednesday, May 7 at 6:00 p.m.
New York Public Library
5th Avenue at 42nd Street in the Berger Forum
Please join us for a presentation by Darius D. Himes and Mary Virginia Swanson.
Thursday, May 15 at 6:30pm
Annenberg Space for Photography
Los Angeles, CA
Please join us for a presentation by Mary Virginia Swanson.
The first preliminary sketches for the cover design happened very early in the process, and were done in response to the need for something to go in the Princeton Architectural Press Spring 2011 catalog. Of course, that was being printed in summer of 2010, if I remember correctly. Mary Virginia and I were deep in the process of writing the book, and a few ideas got tossed about. We sent these off to Princeton Architectural Press, who used the 3rd one (below) in the catalog, but we felt like we needed to keep pushing the idea. (That’s how this 3rd design ended up on the papress.com website, and on Amazon for awhile.)
As Mary Virginia and I got closer to finishing the manuscript, Masumi Shibata and I began the process of photographing the various books that were to be featured. We’d set up a temporary shooting studio in one of the empty rooms in the Skolkin+Chickey offices. It consisted of 2 lights, a roll of paper and a card table. I had my tripod and Masumi brought his camera.
We needed to come up with some visuals for the chapter breaks. We had a stack of bulking dummies around the office from all of the books that were being worked on. (A bulking dummy is an unprinted, bound version of a book, made from the paper and cover materials you’ve decided on. A printer will provide this as a visual; it’s a chance to see the object before you’ve started printing.)
The bulking dummies were in all different sizes and shapes, but completely blank and wrapped in white paper boards and/or white dust jackets. They’re like the Platonic Ideal of a book. I thought we could photograph them in ways that would be perfect for the chapter delineations.
Masumi was the photographer, and I was sort-of the art director for these shoots. At one point I suggested photographing one of the bulking dummies with me holding it. I held it in front of my chest, in my lap, etc. It didn’t quite work. Then I held it off to the side, against the white back-drop. That worked, on some level.
But wait! How did that become this?
Read Darius’s full post at publishyourphotographybook.com
Released just in time for National Library Week, our new book The Public Library presents an inspiring selection of libraries both monumental and modest — an impassioned tribute to a vibrant but threatened American institution.
Above: Interior dome, Central Library, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 2012, photograph by Robert Dawson.
Robert Dawson (The Public Library) receives Guggenheim Award
The response to our new book The Public Library has been nothing short of ecstatic. We couldn’t be more proud of the book and its author Robert Dawson, who we are thrilled to report, was just awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship. Dawson was also just interviewed by Scott Simon on NPR Weekend Edition and the book is popping up everywhere.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY ANNE LAMOTT!
Anne Lamott is an acclaimed novelist and non-fiction writer, as well as a passionate political activist, public speaker, and writing teacher. But, it’s her tireless support of public libraries that we would like to spotlight and celebrate today. In that spirit, we are proud to present Anne’s moving contribution to our just released book The Public Library: A Photographic Essay.
In Salinas, word went out. This is how many tribal stories begin: word goes out to the people of a community that there is a great danger or that a wrong is being committed. This is how I first found out that the governor planned to close the public libraries in Salinas, making it the largest city in the United States to lose its libraries because of budget cuts.
Without getting into any mudslinging about whether or not our leaders are clueless, bullying, nonreading numbskulls,let me just say that when word went out that the three libraries—the John Steinbeck, the Cesar Chavez, and El Gabilan—were scheduled for closing, a whole lot of people rose up as one to say, This does not work for us. Salinas is one of the poorest communities in the state of California, in one of the richest counties in the country. The city and the surrounding area serve as the setting for so many of Steinbeck’s great novels. Think farmworkers, fields of artichokes and garlic, faded stucco houses stained with dirt, tracts of ticky-tacky housing, James Dean’s face in East of Eden, strawberry fields, and old gas stations.
Now think about closing the libraries there, closing the buildings that hold the town’s books, all those stories about people and wisdom and justice and life and silliness and laborers bending low to pick the strawberries. You’d have to be crazy to bring such obvious karmic repercussions down on yourself. So in early April, a group of writers and actors fought back, showing up in Salinas for a twenty-four-hour “emergency read-in.”
New trailer for The Big Picture by AMC president Josh Sapan, one of our favorite recent books.
Sapan’s book, containing nearly 100 panoramic images, reveals how these “strange and compelling” photos blur the line between fact and fiction—and why, in the early 20th century, Americans couldn’t get enough of them.
Happy New Year from Princeton Architectural Press!
Focus on Photobooks Seminar with Mary Virginia Swanson
International House Hotel Conference Facility, New Orleans
Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013, 9am – 4pm
Registration fee: $50 in advance / $60 at door
Contemporary Arts Center
Sunday, December 15, 4pm – 5pm
Mary Virginia Swanson will be signing Publish Your Photography Book
The revised and updated edition of Publish Your Photography Book by Mary Virginia Swanson and Darius D. Himes will be available March 2014.
American Newspaper Publishers Association
Location unknown, ca. 1908
"In 1775 there were thirty-one newspapers being published in the thirteen colonies; sixty years later, the number was twelve hundred. By the beginning of the twentieth century, the world of print resembled today’s online news landscape in its sheer breadth, variety, and diversity of voices, including the now-iconic “yellow journalists” and the “muckrakers” who exposed society’s ills." —Arianna Huffington