I have been reviewing Victoria Forrest’s website as it is really helpful in showing all the books she has worked on and describing the format and design decisions made. I am particularly interested at this point in the page layouts chosen as I have been working on some mock ups of my work in electronic book format although my comments below cover a range of aspects of the book production process.
Further Lane – Zak Powers (Victoria Forrest)
Further Lane by Zak Powers was a book designed by Victoria that took my eye in those early days. I am particularly attracted by the cloth, printed cover and the contrast of colours – grey and orange. It is simple but very effective. This style continues with the simple titling of the photographer and the title of the book. Within the book itself a range of page layouts have been used including double page spreads with the image extending across the two pages and two separate images across a spread.
Male Stripper – Jim Lambie (Victoria Forrest)
Jim Lambie’s book Male Stripper caught my attention because of its very innovative format. It has a hard back cover and a 16 page book at the beginning and then a further 16 page foldout behind. I am attracted by this format and think it would be especially appropriate for a book where a journey was involved as it implies a linear approach. This is a format I will keep in mind but I need to be clear why I would be using it.
The Reader – Sophie Calle, Whitechapel Art Gallery (Victoria Forrest)
I love Sophie’s Calle’s work and have researched in previous modules her use of words alongside her images so I was interested in an Exhibition Catalogue that Victoria Forrest had designed for the Whitechapel Gallery. Again, a simple white cover with gold lettering leads into a gold title page, and then moves into a black and white format about Calle’s work:
Rainforests – HRH The Prince’s Rainforest Trust (Victoria Forrest)
Although I am assuming this book produced for The Prince’s Rainforest Trust is a large format, again I was attracted by the canvas cover:
Inside the View – Helen Sear (Victoria Forrest)
In terms of Helen Sear’s Book Inside the View I was interested in the page layout particularly as she was presenting square format images which is my intention at this stage. They are presented on white pages which I think is what I will choose and also appear to have monochrome images in the same book.
I recently purchased a book called Fragile by Valda Bailey which I discuss below. I found out that her book was produced by Triplekite Books and this led me to investigate their work. Apparently, they are well-known in landscape photography circles as producers of high-quality large format books however, I was interested to learn that a few years ago they branched out to produce smaller books to support lesser-known photographers too as well as supporting the lesser-known work of established photographers. For example, Framed by Chris Friel:
and the beautiful mountain photographs of Greg Whitton:
With Trees – Dav Thomas – (Triplekite Books)
With Trees by Dav Thomas is a current book published by Triplekite Books:
Fragile – Valda Bailey (Triplekite Books)
Fragile by Valda Bailey is a beautifully presented book and as well as inspiring me in my photographic work it has also led me to some interesting publishers in Triplekite. Whilst I am not yet at the stage of having a fully formed proposal or a complete set of images I will certainly keep them in mind as my work develops and my book ideas take shape.
Bailey, V. 2016. Fragile. Triplekite Publishing, Chicago.
Forrest, V. Design by Victoria. Available at:
https://designbyvictoria.com/ [accessed on 29 August 2019].
Parkin, T. 2016. Triplekite Mini Book Reviews in On Landscape, 23 February 2016. Available at:
https://www.onlandscape.co.uk/2016/02/triplekite-mini-book-reviews/ [accessed on 29 August 2019].