Publish Your Photography Book

Darius D. Himes, Mary Virginia Swanson

This book is available in a Paperback edition

     7 × 9 in (17.8 × 22.9 cm)
224 pages
25 color illustrations, 50 b/w illustrations
Publication date: 03/08/2011
Rights: World
ISBN: 9781568988832

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.

Darius Himes is a director of Fraenkel Gallery. He was a founding editor of the quarterly journal photo Booklist and a cofounder of Radius Books, a nonprofit company publishing books on the visual arts. Himes is a frequent lecturer and writer who has contributed to numerous publications.

Mary Virginia Swanson is a respected advisor to emerging and established artists and arts organizations on making, marketing, licensing, and collecting. Her publications, articles, and blog are invaluable resources for photographers and can be found at

Reader Comments

Publish Your Photography Book: (rating 5 out of 5):
Mary Virginia Swanson and Darius Himes have both been an important part of the creation of my most recently published book on oceanscapes. Their eye for detail and their knowledge in the field is the best.
- Renate Aller from NYC (08/02/2010)

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