I keep a folder called Book Ideas. Actually I keep two; one is on my Mac and one is an old fashioned manila file folder. I fill them with examples of photographs, text treatments, layouts, color use, and assorted other things I deem visually interesting. Since I’m not a designer by trade, I rely on them to inspire me and help me trick out my books in new ways.
If you could use a dose of inspiration for your next photography book, let me point you to American PHOTO’s list of the year’s best photo books. There’s something for everyone in the mix and the covers alone gave me several ideas. Click on the covers to read a brief write-up/interview with the photographer behind the book. The introduction also has some choice words on putting together a high-impact book. Here’s an excerpt:
A photography book is its own unique medium, of course, involving aesthetic considerations beyond those of the individual images it contains. Its success is in the sum of its parts — picture choice and sequencing, sizing and pacing, production values.
Got your own recommendation for best photography book of 2007? Let’s get our own list going in the comments section below.