Wednesday, April 10, 2013
In an interview with publisher Michael Mack on today's post from LE JOURNAL DE LA PHOTOGRAPHIE, Mack says this: very simply, a great book is something where the quality of the work and the quality of the ideas are sufficiently intelligent to be specifically applied to a book form. My biggest problem with most photography books is that they’re simply catalogues of images. They don’t necessarily need to exist as a book; in most cases it is vanity for the projects to end in a book. To me, the greatest books are the ones in which the relationship between the ideas, the images and the form are brought together to become a work in itself. When it becomes a distinct element of the artist’s practice. When the book is the piece.
Form and content! Ideas, Ideas! Perhaps it's blindingly obvious, but the above is so true. Although judging from the many dull and boring photobooks that get published there are a heap of photographers out there who still have not got the message.
You can read the interview with Michael Mack in its entirety HERE.
Posted by Harvey's Blog at 12:17 PM