The Future of Photography Books?
“Andy Adams, of Flak Photo, and Miki Johnson, of LiveBooks blog RESOLVE, have partnered up to organize a huge communal blog discussion on the future of Photo Books! You can read all about here and view contributing Photo Blog posts and find out how to add your own.
What do I think Photo Books will look like in ten years? Considering how fast technology is evolving, I think we can’t begin to imagine the form they will take by then. Ten years is light years in technological time. I do think whatever method used to create Photo Books, hand crafted like Raymond Meeks or printed in awesome gravure like Twin Palms, photography books in any form will still have a collectible market. Read Eric Miles interview on Rare Photography Book Collecting.” The above section by –Elizabeth Avedon (photos © Elizabeth Avedon)
For myself, I hope there will still be “real” books and not just digital ones. While I am most definitely a technology person, I also cling to the beauty of the craft of the book – be it literature or art or photography. While I can read a book on a Kindle, it could never replace books that are more than words and I still buy hard copies of ones that are meaningful that I want in my library.
I love the art of book cover illustration. We have a many used bookstores in the Pasadena and Burbank areas of Los Angeles. I used to spend hours there on any given day in the Art & Photography section looking for treasures – the older, the better, as usually – but not always – the quality is better. It’s always an adventure as it’s a hit or miss experience.
Technology changes so rapidly so it is so hard to predict what we’ll be looking at in 10 years but I hope we have choices and that books do not become cost prohibitive from producing (green issues aside about trees, etc). I just hope that those who will be in their teens and beyond in 10 years will still have an interest in and love for books as we know them and that they will not be something they see in a museum showcase.
When the DVD format was introduced in the 1990’s, movie theaters were terrified they would lose there business to people that had ‘home theaters.’ We all realized how nonsensical that was because at the end of the day, when the lights go down and the curtains part, we know nothing will ever replace the movie theater experience. And in my opinion a work of art is not digital, it is tangible.
What are your thoughts?