Back in the summer I decided to make a limited edition book of twelve images that I had previously posted to Instagram. The book, “The Dying of the Light — Twelve Instagram Photographs”, was designed, printed and bound entirely by myself, and while an edition of 50 doesn’t sound like a lot – at least it didn’t at the time – it is a lot of work. Having said that, it’s what I do and what I enjoy.
In early autumn the Phoenix Art Museum had a call for entries for their second triennial Juried Exhibition of Self-Published Photobooks. I submitted mine and was lucky enough to be accepted. 111 books were chosen for the exhibition, having been judged by some outstanding jurors, including Ray Carns (Book Collector and INFOCUS Board Member), Larissa Leclair (Founder, Indie PhotoBook Library), Rebecca Senf (Norton Family Curator, Phoenix Art Museum and Chief Curator, Center for Creative Photography), Mary Virginia Swanson (Co-Author, Publish Your Photography Book) and Emily Weirich (Associate Librarian for Research Services, Center for Creative Photography).
…the desire to produce photographic books is only increasing. Young photographers want their artwork to be presented as a book, and photographic books continue to be produced, discussed, admired, coveted, collected, and sold. Now, with the INFOCUS Juried Exhibition of Self-Published Photobooks, we can shed light on an important new phase in the story of photographic books – the ability of photographers world-wide to produce high-quality books of their work through self-publishing.
Since the exhibition opened I have sold more books and now there are just two copies remaining in the edition. How convenient, being so close to Christmas…
INFOCUS Juried Exhibition of Self-Published Photobooks
December 2, 2016 – April 9, 2017 – Phoenix Art Museum
Doris and John Norton Gallery for the Center for Creative Photography
Each of the cases holds a framed Daguerrotype in the base and a small portfolio of platinum-palladium prints on Japanese Kozo paper (both made by Andy Bale) on top. The images are of the Ese’ Eja Nation, an indigenous people living in the Amazonian region of Peru.
Andrew Bale journeyed to Peru’s remote jungles to capture images for a National Geographic-funded project to map the Ese’Eja’s culture.
The project, staffed by videographers, photographers, anthropologists and botanists, aims to enable Ese’Eja society to reclaim ancestral lands from the Peruvian government. That achievement would allow a people that derives so much of its economy and spirituality from the forest to sustain their livelihood into the future.
Bale’s portraits of daily life, handmade objects and individuals will be featured in an upcoming book sponsored by National Geographic’s Genographic Legacy Fund. Sales of the book support initiatives for better access to health care, education and legal grappling to secure the Ese’Eja’s ancestral lands.
The polymergravure process is an alternative and contemporary method to the traditional process of copperplate photogravure and uses polymer plates that are processed in water and are environmentally friendlier and quicker to work with.
This introductory workshop will guide participants through each stage of the process from preparing the original image file to the final print. Techniques covered will include how to make the film positives using Adobe Photoshop and an inkjet printer, how to expose and process the plates, contrast control and methods of inking, wiping and pulling prints. Space will be limited to 10 participants. Further details and registration will be announced by MCAD in mid-December.
I currently have five prints included in the latest show at Peterssen/Keller Architects in Minneapolis, alongside talented artists Peter Happel Christian, Brett Kallusky, Shana Kaplow, Eric Mueller and Laura Stack.
Inkjet print, 14″ x 14″ image size (framed to 20″ x 24″), open edition, $500.
THE TEMPLE OF APOLLO, ANCIENT CORINTH, GREECE
Platinum-palladium print, 8″ x 8″ image size (framed to 11″ x 14″), edition of 30, $800.
CUSTOM HAND-MADE PORTFOLIO CASES
I am now offering custom hand-made clamshell portfolio cases, slip cases and screw post portfolios for photographers and artists. Everything is made by hand, by me, in Minneapolis using the finest archival quality materials and book cloth. Options include debossing or hot foil stamping of names, titles or logos.
For more information and a downloadable price list visit my studio website or email me with any questions you may have.
This class will combine elements of photography and the book arts, focusing on the slow pleasures of craft. Students will learn about the simple chemistry behind this iron-based process as we print on paper and fabric. Students can make prints of pressed flowers from their home gardens, favorite hand tools, or patterns made with cut paper negatives or found objects. Students are encouraged to experiment! The course will also cover the fundamentals of book binding techniques, constructing portfolios and small books to contain the new cyanotypes. Come explore the handmade side of photography. No camera is required for this class.
Full information is on the North House Folk School’s website here.