Archive for the ‘photography’ Category

How to photograph artists’ books for a juried show or for selling online

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

Susan at Green Chair Press brought this great two-part blog post to my attention. She writes,

Photographing artist’s books can be tricky and frustrating — getting the lighting right, staging the book to show off all its features… The 23 Sandy Gallery blog recently had a 2 part post on “What Makes a Good Photograph for Submission to a Juried Show or Gallery” (which also applies to photographing your work for selling online). Part I is here and Part 2 is here.

Thanks, Susan!

— Paul Razzell

Guest Post # 2: Photographing your books: tips & tricks by John Sellars

Monday, July 13th, 2009


Photographs of books in prospectuses, websites and booksellers’ catalogues are frequently used to help sell fine press books but often the quality of the images do not do the books justice. So I asked amateur photographer John Sellars if he would share some of his tips and tricks for producing beguiling images of books, and as it turns out, there’s a lot you can do with an inexpensive camera and a simple lamp.

Read John’s short guide to photographing books here.

John Sellars teaches Philosophy at the University of the West of England, is a member of Wolfson College, Oxford, and a collector of philosophical books dating from the 16th century. Part of his passion for collecting is manifest in the photographs he takes of his books which he shares with the world via Flickr. Many of his images are infused with an appealing Renaissance light and show a love of detail in printing, illustration, and binding.

John’s article is the second in a series of occasional Guest Posts to be featured on the FPBA blog. If you have an idea for a Guest Post, we’d love to hear about it. Please address it to Paul Razzell at NAEditor [at] FPBA [dot] com.