“...Blurb offered a printed magazine and I figured it wouldn’t hurt to print out a few copies for meetings and whatnot. I ordered about 20 copies and was amazed at the quality, and as well, the members of Team Braveheart (subjects in the first issue personal project) all wanted copies as well. I was able to send them the link to Blurb and there they could order their own copy.”
Blurb Authors in the news
Photographer John Edmonds discusses his "Tethered" project in an interview with the New York Times. Edmonds' previous project, OVERFLOW, was self-published through Blurb and is available in the Blurb bookstore.
“While clearing her late aunt’s flat, Margaret Sheard found a cache of old letters dating from 1943. Put together, they charted the life and times of Kathleen Mary Sheard, from Roberttown. And now Margaret has written a book, Kay, in tribute to the aunt who became an MBE through her work for the Women’s Royal Voluntary Service.”
Dan Wagner's gritty, black and white street photography of Manhattan in the wee hours accompanies Ryan D'Agostino's narrative of a night wandering the city streets, one of Esquire Magazine's "83 Things Every Man Should Do Before He Dies."
The J. Paul Getty Museum announced today the acquisition of sixty-six gelatin silver prints created between 1968-1977 by contemporary photographer Arthur Tress (American, born 1940). The acquisition primarily includes staged images of children from the artist’s series The Dream Collector (1972) and Theater of the Mind (1976). “Arthur Tress’s images of children in dream-like scenes are captivating, disquieting, and wholly original,” explains Timothy Potts, director of the J. Paul Getty Museum. “These are the first photographs by Tress to enter the Getty’s collection, and add depth and range to the theme of staged photography already in our collection.”
Tress has published more than two dozen books with Blurb. We congratulate him on this important acquisition.
“I love having books to hold my work, because the things that I make are so permanent and physical, and I want to have a physical way to communicate what I do, and what my blog is about... I use them as portfolios. Blurb is the best platform for creatives to make their own books, because of the quality of their materials, and because Blurb's bookmaking software is so visual and intuitive.”
“An iceberg graveyard, a volcanic island and a close encounter with a 40ft hump-backed whale were just three of the highlights that Farndale sheep farmer and photographer Dave Mead experienced last year... The photographs he returned home with were of such definition and spectacular subject matter that his first book is now available.”
“When I write, I think about the stories my grandmother would tell me,” Gallagher said. “She was a wonderful storyteller. With my book I want people to know what life was like in a simpler time. I think my grandmother would be happy I wrote the book.”
“Bottle fanciers and folks enamored with the history of the San Jose area will want to order 19th Century San Jose in a Bottle, by Almaden Valley resident Tobin Gilman... Gilman's passion for his glass artifacts is infectious. And it's neat what they reveal about our past. Joel Gringorten's crisp photos add to the book's appeal.”
“Two photographers in western Queens have released photo books about their neighborhoods, and both are self-published but at different ends of the spectrum. Using an online platform called Blurb, they have produced interesting looks at Long Island City and neighboring Sunnyside.”
“Nobody thought to write a book about the men who clear and maintain railway tracks, venturing out in the midst of storms and floods to keep the track open and the trains running. Until Now. [Gary Sim] describes the book as his ‘longest-running unfinished project,’ noting that it took 18 years to complete.”
“[Sue] Reynolds, from Walnut Creek, Calif., has been on an eight-summer odyssey to build relationships with Native Americans across Montana and the Northern Plains. ‘Still Here is about survival and resurrection in the face of long odds,’ she wrote. ‘It is a journey to hidden peoples. It is holding a prayer in one’s hands, glimpsing the truth beneath our feet, hearing ancient songs.’”
“‘There is a momentum to taking a picture, even in landscape,’ Yoshikawa said, lifting his head out from under the black blanket behind his camera. ‘It takes skill to capture it. I have to figure out what is the most effective, strongest way of expressing an image. The same as taking someone's portrait.’”
“A photo book documenting the infamous New York City Halloween parade by former La Jollan Scott Laperruque was released on Sept. 20. Available by demand, Treaters: Greenwich Village Halloween Parade 1982 to 1986 shows the costumes, floats, and large scale puppets that roamed the streets on Halloween during the Greenwich Village Parade in New York City.”
“With unruly hair pulled back behind a bandanna and a standard-issue uniform of worn-out jeans and a plaid shirt, Sean Rayford is not necessarily the kind of photographer one might expect to be publishing books. To some, he might look more like a dive-bar bartender (which he is) than a professional photographer (which he also is).”
When Montreal artist Kim Vergil paints, she tries not to look. “I stay as detached as possible. I’m trying not to let the ego paint for me,” she said. And after she’s done, a big part of her process is standing back, flipping it upside and listening to what the images have to say. “That’s when you discover what it’s all about. You’re finding the story and the dream within it.”
Adobe profiles illustrator May Parsey, who added her unique spin on a children’s classic using Adobe's Creative Cloud and Blurb.
“Happily Ever After? Not for Dina Goldstein, a Vancouver photographer whose work exploring the darker side of the Disney princess story is garnering international attention.”
“Of note is that these books are printed to order, although that hasn’t made them much more expensive to mass-produced publications. This pair of volumes would be a great addition to any historian’s collection.”
“Publishing is about experiencing something and sharing that experience with others—in your own voice. Whether you choose to connect to that experience digitally or through ink on paper is personal. I believe there is room for both.”
“Hiroyuki Ito went off to Brazil with dreams of being the next great documentary photographer. He came home tired and sick. The call to join Magnum never came. Yet the same day he was ill in Rio de Janeiro, a cat was born in New York City. Before long, in one of those twists, Hiroyuki — a carefree art student — had better luck with the cat than with his camera. A tale of the kitten being father to the man.”
A televised interview with Michael Jones, author of Testament: An Exploration of Steubenville & Weirton Steel.
Books of the Year, 2012: “Kaffir Dog is a remarkable and evocative work of memory, both living and reconstructed. It is tempting to compare it to Proust, yet Giannone's memories are almost anti-Proustian in their recollection of a confusing and restrictive upbringing.”
“During the 1980s in Los Angeles, [John Scarpati] was the music photographer, an anthropologist of the Sunset Strip, his lens documenting the fashion, sounds, and faces in the era of outrageous musical fashion.…The essays that go along with Scarpati’s photographs are illuminating. Anecdotes and praise flow free-form into an oral history of a decade in the life of both music and a man perfectly placed to document it.”
“The recently published Low Fidelity—The Photographs of Bobby Grossman 1975–1983 is a hugely credible addition to the steadily growing collection of catalogs, books & films looking back at the mid-70's thru mid-80's. Bobby Grossman definitely pushes the envelope of hip.”
“Hopefully those who are old enough to remember the novel, the movie and the stars will be taken back in time and enjoy the memories, and those who are too young to remember the Raintree will have an interest in this wonderful tale by a Hoosier author and the movie that followed.”
“Publisher Chris Brown knows some mighty stylish and creative people from coast to coast, and in this issue of Refueled he shares how they live, work and play, and particularly how they express themselves.”
“Even if you don’t live in Florida, you can buy the book Low Fidelity and make your coffee table 10x more awesome. Basically, I’m stoked that this man exists.”
“Now, on the 30th anniversary of Harvey's 1982 death from a massive heart attack at age 46, acclaimed Cleveland photographer Macoska has published a stunning hardcover collection of her Harvey pictures titled Last of the Teenage Idols. The book, edited by British rock journalist Martin Kielty, takes music fans backstage, onstage and at home with the showman.”