Wednesday, March 18, 2009

My First Monograph

It seems like a lot of young photographers are making books of their work, Mikael Kennedy has a particularly lovely one, and I have been thinking of making a monograph for ages.

And now I have. I loved doing it. Every photographer should make one.

Blurb is great because you can actually peruse the first 20 pages online and see for yourself:

For sale in a limited run of 250 soft-back books through, they are really gorgeous editions. They are printed with high quality ink on good quality stock. It is a selection of over 50 of my all time favorite Polaroid shots. If you want the signed plate, you should just email me directly and I'll pop it in the mail.

Friday, March 13, 2009

The Finish Line

After 38 meetings in 7 days, I have completed my trip to NYC.

It was a very good trip. I am tremendously grateful for all the doors the PDN award kicked open.

And as scary as things may seem right now, it seems like the changing economics will be a good thing in the end.

Everyone I met with wants to save money obviously, but people are also looking for new directions to move in, those of more intimate images, more approachable branding, which might mean unconventional styles of shooting. I have never been a fan of post-heavy photos, so this possibility of work that feels real, genuine and new (not saccharin or forced) would be exciting to watch unfold.

I also got to catch up with Alison Brady, a great NYC photographer.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

A Busy Week

I have been in NYC for the past 4 days showing my books and the city's weather has been forgiving, including a warm, breezy Saturday. I will continue until next Saturday and have already had great meetings, including Kathy Ryan at the NY Times Magazine. I don't know how to act when you meet someone like her: be funny, succinct, jovial?

So I think I was just awkward and quiet.

Which is better than chatty, I hope.

Perhaps it's one of those things that gets easier with time. When you meet someone whose shot with everyone, who knows what she wants and what works, I have this litany of questions I'd love to ask, photos I'd love to hear her thoughts on, but clearly, that is not the time to do so.

Two of my favorite meetings were with Andrea Volbrecht at Marie Claire and LinYee Yuan at Theme, both wonderful editors and such lovely people, it was a pleasure to get to sit down with them. Marie Claire has been producing some great on-location fashion editorials and Theme opts for exciting, unconventional photo work. The printed mag is really well done with thick glossy paper and solid black ink; I love the final product. I've collected a lot of them for inspiration and now they are selling the first 15 issues in a set on their website for only $70!