Understanding Photobooks: The Form and Content of the Photographic Book by Jorg Colberg
Understanding Photobooks is a user-friendly guide to engaging with the photographic book― or, as it is widely known, the photobook. Despite its importance as a central medium in which many photographers showcase their work today, there is surprisingly little information on the mechanics of the photobook: what exactly it does and how it does it.
Written for makers and artists, this book will help you develop a better understanding of the images, concept, sequence, design, and production of the photobook. With an awareness of the connections between these elements, you’ll be able to evaluate photobooks more clearly and easily, ultimately allowing for a deeper and more rewarding experience of the work.
Contrary to what is widely believed, photobooks are very complex objects. It is true, you can make a photobook by dropping your pictures into some Blurb or InDesign template, and sending the files off to some printer you have never met (or possibly don’t even know), to then get something that looks like a photobook in the mail. But that’s a bit like buying a cake mix in the supermarket: unless you really screw up, you end up with an OK cake.
Jorg Colberg runs the blog Cphmag
Conscientious Photography Magazine is a website dedicated to contemporary fine-art photography. It offers profiles of photographers, in-depth interviews, photobook reviews, and general articles about photography and related issues.