Swanson & Himes release the “ideal” book

Publish Your Photography BookWe live in the golden age of the photography book. Since the early 1990s, the number of photography book publishers has continued to grow while technological developments have placed more tools for bookmaking directly in the hands of photographers. For the students and working artists who have chosen photography as their primary means of expression, having their own photography book is seen as a passport to the international photography scene. Yet, few have more than a tentative grasp of the component parts of a book, an understanding of what they want to express, or the know-how needed to get a book published. Publish Your Photography Book is the first book to demystify the process of producing and publishing a book of photographs.

Industry insiders Darius D. Himes and Mary Virginia Swanson survey the current landscape of photography book publishing and point out the many avenues to pursue and pitfalls to avoid. This expert guide is organized in six sections covering the rich history of the photo book; an overview of the publishing industry; an intimate look at the process of making a book; a close review of how to market a photo book; a section on case studies, built around discussions and interviews with published photographers; and a final section presenting a wealth of resources and information to aid in the understanding of the publishing world.

“Publish Your Photography Book” also includes a number of additional interviews and contributions from industry professionals, including artists, publishers, designers, packagers, editors, and other industry experts who openly share their publishing experiences.

I received a copy of this book last week, and I gotta tell you, most of its pages are already dog-eared. My usual methodology in the reading process is to flip through pages and see what I want to read first. I never got past the first few pages before I had to slow down and actually begin reading.

Publish Your Photography Book

  • Publishing a photo book used to require a “publisher”.  Publishing used to be an action requiring wealth or other.  Electronic publication can be a process or it can be a physical item.


  • Amit

    Hey Tim, read your article quite interesting! But one thing I’m curious to know is that once you get your photo book published then what? You need right audience to buy it, and these are so costly that many people avoid buying or look for free copies? Moreover I haven’t found any publisher who give chance to freelancers or hobbyist and help in marketing of it. You can simply opt for self publishing idea, fuel your own money and then fulfill your desires! Thats all ? If you know some publishers and can share your idea how to market photo book to make some real money then please share it ! “)