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Three of my favourite photography books

I love the work of Stephen Gill, a London based photographer. His work is always challenging and thought provoking.
To bury your work is bonkers yet brilliant. Stephen is a true original.

Buried

Buried

The photographs in this book were taken in Hackney Wick and later buried there. The amount of time the images were left underground varied depending on the amount of rainfall. The depths that the pictures were buried at also varied, as did their positioning. Sometimes they were facing each other, sometimes back to back or sometimes buried singly. When burying my first batch of photographs, a passing man spotted me and asked what I was doing. Not only did I not want to give the location away of some of my buried pictures, but It just sounded a bit weird to say that I was burying photographs so replied that I was looking for newts. As soon as Iā€™d said that I looked down and saw a newt at my feet. Not knowing what an image would look like once it was dug up introduced an element of chance and surprise which I found appealing. This feeling of letting go and in a way collaborating with place ā€“ allowing it also to work on putting the finishing touches to a picture ā€“ felt fair. Maybe the spirit of the place can also make its mark.
Stephen Gill

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Self Publishing

One of the biggest growth areas of photography recently has been the ability of photographers to self publish their work. It’s a wonderful tool to market and promote yourself and your work. Blurb is probably the largest and most popular company in this field. I made a book with them and was delighted with the results. The quality of the printing and production was first class and although it was just for self satisfaction, it has opened up a world of possibilities. It’s quite time consuming but the benefits are immeasurable. I’m currently working on another book and will post the result at a later date. Happy publishing.