Monday, April 9, 2018

British photobook publisher Dewi Lewis - advice for photographers who want to make a book

Mimi Mollica'a Terra Nostra published by Dewi Lewis

Established in 1994, Dewi Lewis Publishing is one of the leading photographic publishers in the world. Its award-winning authors include Martin Parr, Paolo Pellegrin, Bruce Gilden, Jacob Aue Sobol and Laia Abril, among many others. 

Dewi Lewis, who runs Dewi Lewis Publishing alongside his partner Caroline Warhurst, is a sought after voice in the photography world and an honorary fellow of the Royal Photographic Society. In 2009, he was awarded the Society’s inaugural RPS Award for Outstanding Service to Photography. In addition to serving on the jury for numerous international awards, Lewis has been a “Master” three times for the World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclasses. 

Dewi's advice, the nitty gritty: Firstly decide why, then what, then how. Why do you want a book? Is it the best way to take things forward for you? Do you really have something to say? Is there a way of bringing the work together coherently? When you look at the full body of work is there a way of giving it a coherent sequence? Is there an audience for it? What would be the best way of reaching that audience? What form should the book take? The questions should go on and on. The key to a successful book is in the answers and in being totally honest, self-aware, and self-critical. And, if at the end of the process you are still 100% convinced, then go for it.

You can read the full story HERE and go to Dewi Lewis Publishing website HERE

Harvey Benge's The Lament published by Dewi Lewis

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