Photo books have always been a great way to present your photography, writes Wayne Cosshall. Now, with the advent of high-quality print-on-demand printing, the greater use of full-color e-readers, and new options for self-publishing full-color e-books, your options for producing photo books are greater than ever.
Using HP Indigo presses and HP Scitex FB500 flatbed printer, the A&I Studios photo lab in Hollywood is helping photographers become independent publishers of photo books and create new forms of art by printing images directly onto glass, metal, copper, acrylic substrates.
Whether you have already published a photography book, or plan to do so soon, one expert who can help you is Darius Himes. Together with Mary Virginia Swanson, he co-authored an excellent new guidebook entitled “Publish Your Photography Book.” Darius is also the lead judge of the 2011 Photography Book Now competition presented by Blurb to celebrate the best in self-published books. Here, we talk with him about the book, the future of photography books, and the Photography Book Now contest, for which HP is sponsoring the $25,000 grand prize.