Photobooks in a Digital Era.


  • Digital Era – full of information and digital native
  • Have the ability to share information and can search, edit and create information.
  • All information is accessed through linked digital devices.
  • Convergence culture
  • All we can do is read books – they have one purpose therefore going against the digital era where we can do so much with certain things eg. Ipod.
  • Can a book be a pack of cards? Should it be read a certain way? Yes – left to right. Should it make sense? Should we gain something from reading a book? Must it be able to be handled, pick it up and turn pages? Should it have a middle, beginning and end?
  • Book (noun) a written or printed work consisting of pages glued or sewn together along one side and bound in covers.
  • “A book is a sequence of spaces. Each of these spaces is perceived at a different moment – a book is also a sequence of moments. A book is not a case of words, nor a bag or words, nor a bearer of words” – Ulises Carrion.
  • “In everyday use books have a highly standard form. They are made of rectangular pages, attached together on one side, and covered with words and images which are intended to be read in sequence.” Karen Raney.
  • Understanding the principles of a book, we can apply it to a photobook. Images rather than text. Still bound on one side and designed to be in sequence with pages to turn.
  • “I’d suggest: a book done for its own sake and not for the information it contrasts. That is: it doesn’t contain a lot of works, like a book of poems. It is a work. Its design and format reflect it’s content – they intermerge, interpenetrate. It might be any art: an artists book could be music, photography, graphics, inter medial literature. The experience of reading it, viewing it, framing it – that is what the artists stresses in making it.” Dick Higgins
  • Each artist has a horizon, a vision, an idea or an agenda
  • The artist’s horizon – trying to communicate with their audience, a powerful message, wants to make them think about a certain thing.
  • The viewer’s horizon – shaped by how you see a situation being communicated. We have our own opinions/expectations.
  • These are designed to fuse together – we want to understand the world through the artist’s eyes.
  • Horizons: our presentation choices must reinforce the communication of our message or theme
  • Nobuyoshi Araki – Sentimental Journey, Winter Journey’. Very personal project. Presented in a slip case, making it seem more private. Invites you to sit down and spend time with the book.
  • Books and the digital age have eventually fused – kindles. Going to continue to happen.
  • The disadvantages about the photobook – cost, distribution, ease of production, time, space. In its favour – nicer to look at, can put in order you want to be viewed. Books will still work no matter how long in the future. Can pass on to someone else. Does not need a manual of how to use it/read it.
  • Self contained, experience, generative.
  • Kevin Kelly – Better Than Free (generative qualities). Everything in the digital age can be copied. As soon as online, can be copied. Need to find what people value – things that can’t be copied. These are generative qualities. Such as embodiment.
  • It’s about the experience, not the money. Why go to listen to the music live when we can just be given the songs? Its not about that, it’s the experience.
  • Photobooks are about getting seen, communicating messages – not making money.
  • “Our Age of Anxiety is, in a great part, the result of trying to do today’s job with yesterday’s tools and yesterday’s concepts”. – Marshall McLuhan.
  • Life cycle of a book – each element takes a great amount of time, money and resources.
  • We are starting to challenge the photobook.

~ by victoriasimkissphotography on February 9, 2013.

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