I say curator. You think museum. Or maybe art gallery. But Sam Dobrow thinks book.
Sam recently curated a book of photography called dA Love. It began as a contest on deviantART, which happens to be the largest online art community in the world. (If deviantART overwhelms you, grasp it here.) He reviewed the entries, chose the winning images, and sequenced them in BookSmart to form a visual story. The photos depict love, from maternal to carnal. It’s an excellent collection of work from a community of emerging artists. Take a moment to preview it. Every image is striking. I wanted to see more.
Curating the pages of a book is similar to curating an exhibit. In both instances you select the featured work and set the style and tone to evoke feelings and create a unique experience. Sam’s book is a great example of this and that’s why it made Book of the Week.
Well done, Sam. You have a sharp eye for provocative photos and we liked your collection very much.
Have any other Blurbarians thought about approaching books from a curator’s perspective? Do you have thoughts, tips, or questions about curating a book? We’d welcome a good discussion.
P.S. If you’re considering curating a book, try our Community Book feature to gather your content.