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Lumiere Press Wins AIGA 50 Books/50 Covers Award

Monday, May 31st, 2010

FPBA member Michael Torosian of Lumiere Press just sent me the very good news that his recent book, Paul Caponigro: On Prior Lane: A Firefly’s Light, has been selected as one of the “50 Books of the Year” by The American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA). (Since 1941, the AIGA has sponsored a juried contest for the 50 best-designed books published the previous year.)

I was very pleased to run Torosian’s detailed account of his process of designing this book in the fall 2009 issue of Parenthesis (#17). (Lumiere Press’s An American Gallery was reviewed in this issue as well.) For anyone who thinks good book design comes easy, this essay is a must read. Torosian recounts his many false starts, dead ends, glimmers of inspiration, late-night frustrations, and trial settings that preceded the book’s final design. It’s great to see his hard work recognized by the AIGA. Congratulations, Michael!

What’s more, Torosian has been awarded a Chalmers Arts Fellowship. As characterized by the Ontario Arts Council, the cultural agency entrusted with administering the award, the aim of the Fellowship is “to provide such support at moments in artists’ careers when a concentration on personal and/or artistic growth or renewal and exploration is most likely to have the greatest impact on their long-term artistic and career development.”

Now would be a good time to head on over to the Lumiere Press website and see what all the fuss is about.

— Paul Razzell

Lumiere Press featured in The New York Times

Monday, December 21st, 2009


Lens, the photojournalism blog of The New York Times, ran a short introduction to Lumiere Press’s marvelous Paul Caponigro: On Prior Lane: A Firefly’s Light (2008). As many of you know, Lumiere Press publishes limited-edition books of photography and nearly all facets of the production of the books are carried out single-handedly by the publisher, Michael Torosian.

NYTimes writer Niko Koppel touched on Torosian’s year-long involvement with the production of the book but for those who want to read, in Torosian’s own words, the many false-starts, dead-ends, and sudden bursts of inspiration that led to the finished work, you should see his illustrated  article “Design Casebook: Lumiere Press,” which appears in the most recent issue of Parenthesis.

Here, Torosian describes his process of book design as “a circuitous route in search of the inevitable.” We have all read of authors who struggle with their vision and revisions, who deliberate for hours over the placement of commas and so forth: Michael Torosian is a book designer who invests the same energy into developing a design that is “umbilically linked” to the subject matter of the book.

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— Paul Razzell