Andy Adams (Flak Photo) is eager and clever and so is Miki Johnston (liveBooks blog) so this little project should be interesting. They are crowd-sourcing a blog post about the future of photobooks and they want everyone to chime in. From the site:
What do you think photobooks will look like in 10 years? Will they be digital or physical? Open-source or proprietary? Will they be read on a Kindle or an iPhone? And what aesthetic innovations will have transformed them?
I love the idea of trying to house the discussion in one central place, a central repository of thought on a theme, which can be added and linked to by many. A few of my posts have had simultaneous discussion going on here and over at APE. I love the linkage but following commentary on the same theme on two different blogs can be tricky. So that’s one interesting aspect to this project- all of the “research” that’s happening on other blogs on this theme will then be fed back into a master post on the liveBooks blog Resolve. This post will go live on Tuesday and you have until tomorrow (Sunday) to add your thoughts to the mix. Either here or over there. They’ve corralled a great collection of blog authors to get in on the discussion so there should be a wide variety of scholarship and thought represented in the finished post.
A few weeks ago I talked about the importance of the quality of your tangible portfolio/book (as opposed to your site, your blog, your pdf etc.). Andy and Miki and some of their commentators have already picked up on that aspect but there’s lots more to consider in terms of the future of photobooks in general. I was particularly interested in this comment (from the original post on Resolve here):
There’s a lot against reflected media vs. projected media. Two big issues jump out at me. The first is the material… trees. As environmental issues continue to work toward the forefront, I think more and more media will move off paper and into digital format. The second major issue is the new display technologies. Their abilities to create true blacks results in the ability to project the images in a closer-to-pure format. The monitors of 2 years ago could never replace paper. The monitors of today may be able to.
As the commercial world is moving moving to more digital signage and less ink-on-paper based advertising, I strongly believe the way we (Art Buyers, agencies etc.) look at photography in terms of its reproduction will change. Again, this feeds back to my original post on this issue.
Good luck Andy and Miki, I look forward to reading the results of this collective discussion.