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Publish Your Photography Book

Darius D. Himes & Mary Virginia Swanson have created the highly anticipated book, How to Publish Your Photography Book, soon to be published by Princeton Architectural Press.

Publish Your Photography Book from Princeton Architectural Press on Vimeo.

In conjuction with the publication, Darius and Swanee are giving seminars on “To be Published or Self-Publish: A Publishing Primer” around the country, including the upcoming seminar in Los Angeles at Art Center College of Design. Other dates are Saturday April 9th in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with additional seminars in Denver and Boston this fall (check the website for details and more listings). The book is available for pre-order through Princeton Architectural Press.

The not-to-be-missed Los Angeles all-day intensive seminar takes place on Saturday, February 26th, 9:30 am – 5:00 pm where Darius and Swanee will share resources from their forthcoming book and offer participants an in-depth overview of the publishing industry, from concept to editorial, design, production and on through the launching and marketing of your book.
$195 includes a signed copy of Publish Your Photography Book (students $175)
Seating is limited. Please email to reserve your space.
Private consultations: Sunday, February 27th
Seminar participants are eligible to register for ½ hour project consultations with Himes and Swanson.
Contact for fees and more information. Payment at time of services. Limited number of time slots will remain open til filled.

A teaser of images from the book, and a statement from the publisher follows:

We live in the golden age of the photography book. Since the early 1990s, the number of photography book publishers has continued to grow while technological developments have placed more tools for bookmaking directly in the hands of photographers. For the students and working artists who have chosen photography as their primary means of expression, having their own photography book is seen as a passport to the international photography scene. Yet, few have more than a tentative grasp of the component parts of a book, an understanding of what they want to express, or the know-how needed to get a book published. Publish Your Photography Book is the first book to demystify the process of producing and publishing a book of photographs. Industry insiders Darius D. Himes and Mary Virginia Swanson survey the current landscape of photography book publishing and point out the many avenues to pursue and pitfalls to avoid. This expert guide is organized in six sections covering the rich history of the photo book; an overview of the publishing industry; an intimate look at the process of making a book; a close review of how to market a photo book; a section on case studies, built around discussions and interviews with published photographers; and a final section presenting a wealth of resources and information to aid in the understanding of the publishing world. Publish Your Photography Book also includes a number of additional interviews and contributions from industry professionals, including artists, publishers, designers, packagers, editors, and other industry experts who openly share their publishing experiences.

©Jamey Stillings

About the Authors
Darius Himes was a founding editor of photo-eye Booklist and is a cofounder of Radius Books, a nonprofit company publishing books on the visual arts. Himes is also a lecturer, consultant, and writer who has contributed to numerous publications.

Mary Virginia Swanson is a consultant in the area of licensing and marketing fine-art photography. Swanson frequently lectures and conducts workshops and educational programs for photographers and students. Arespected judge of competitions and awards as well as portfolio reviewer, she is widely recognized for her blog Marketing Photos, a valued resource for photographers.

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