PHOTO books today | Symposium II

Creating, Publishing, Selling, Collecting: Why and How

Keynote Lecture: Friday, February 3rd, 7:30 pm  

Symposium: Saturday, February 4th,  9:00am- 5:30pm

Early Registration:

$90.00 general admission, $40.00 students with ID

Includes Box Lunch and Drink

Location:                                                                                                                                                   San Francisco Art Institute Lecture Hall
800 Chestnut Street
San Francisco, Ca (at Jones Street) 


Photographers have more options than ever before for presenting their work as a book – and meanwhile the notion of the photo book itself is changing, no longer bound by the limitations of the traditional monograph. There is a burgeoning market for photography in book form, with many new publishers, dealers, and gallery imprints serving a rapidly growing number of collectors. This symposium will address several issues of value to photographers, and to anyone interested in photo books, as photographers, designers, publishers, curators, and collectors share their experiences and insights.


Topics include:

· Why a Book?

     Thinking through the process

     What makes a compelling (and collectible) photo book?

· Building the photo book

     Print on demand

     High-end, crafted editions


     Services for hire

· Finding and connecting with the audience

     How to get your book noticed




     Private collectors

· Photo-based artists’ books

     Book-thinking beyond the monograph

     DIY options

· The advantages and limitations of digital technology

     Electronic tools

     The virtues of materiality


© Alejandro Cartagena   Love and Politics, 2017


Friday February 3rd,  2017   7:30pm

Alejandro Cartagena and Sangyon Joo



 Saturday, February 4th,  2017  


8:15am   Registration/coffee in café

Lecture Hall


Introduction & overview


Panel One Book-thinking: Beyond the Monograph

Three 20-minute presentations, Q&A

11:00 – 12:30

 Panel Two How I Made the Book (and Why): Three Approaches

Three 20-minute presentations, Q&A


12:30 – 1:45


Lecture Hall


Round Table: Photo Books and Their Audience: Publishing, Distributing,

 Selling, Collecting

Four 20-minute presentations, followed by discussion/Q&A

Studio 8, Studio 18, Studio 16

3:00 – 4:15: 

Breakout sessions, various studio rooms

Talking about books: presenters and selected others showing and discussing books


4:15- 5:15




Peter Bogardus, Alejandro Cartagena, John DeMerritt, Luis Delgado, David Freund, Jeff Gunderson, Sangyon Joo, Clifton Meador,                   Ruth Rogers, Jacqueline Thurston, Dierdre Visser, Adrian Walker, Steve Woodall




Photo Books Today Symposium I, 2015

Photo Books Today Symposium I, 2015


Photo Books Today Symposium I, 2015



Support for this program comes from these generous organizations:



San Francisco Art Institute