We’re thrilled to honor photographer Joyce Tenneson and her latest book, “The View Project.” Joyce, who was voted one of the ten most influential woman photographers in the history of photography by American Photo Magazine, has a slew of beautiful books to her name. “The View Project” – a collaborative photography project curated by Joyce – continues the tradition.
The book showcases work by 70 international photographers, each of whom shares a personal photograph of a view – real or fabricated – that speaks to them in a powerful way. Each is accompanied by the photographer’s own words on why their chosen view resonated with them. It’s a wonderful touch of storytelling that helps make each image unforgettable.
Joyce was kind enough to talk us about the book, her work, and her experience as a bookmaker. Read on and get inspired.
Blurb: To start, how did you choose the photographs that are included in “The View Project”?
Joyce: I put out a call for submissions and received about 300. After several editing sessions, the selection was narrowed to 70 photographs that I felt represented a cross-section of styles, geographic locations, and subject matter.
Blurb: How did you come upon the theme for the book?
Joyce: I’ve always been intrigued by what draws people to certain views – some people love the water, others the mountains, some like cities. Is it memory, genetic predisposition? I looked through the psychological literature and couldn’t find anything. It remains a mystery so I knew it would make a good project.
Blurb: So, did you unlock the mystery?
Joyce: No, not really and that’s what makes it so intriguing. Some people seem to crave peace; others are drawn to complexity and human energy. For example, Brendan Bannon’s image is one of scavengers at a Nairobi dump. For him, the draw was the human energy.
Blurb: What about you? What draws you to a view?
Joyce: I tend to like places of serenity so I’m drawn to those. For me, there’s almost a spiritual dimension to these places.
Blurb: Your work does have a spiritual quality. What inspires you?
Joyce: I’ve always been driven to explore new horizons. My vision of the world changes as I grow. But really I was born with a drive to explore inner territory. You can’t will that into being—it’s a grace.
Blurb: What are you working on now?
Joyce: Since I left New York and moved to Maine, I’ve been focusing on books and exhibits. Lots of travel. This year my work will be taking me to Paris, Oslo, and China this year. No complaints; it’s a good life!
Blurb: Tell us about the bookmaking for this project.
Joyce: I used Blurb BookSmart and partnered with Mat Thorne to design and lay out the book. I’m lucky to have him as a neighbor in Maine. It was a great collaboration.
Blurb: Have any bookmaking tips to share?
Joyce: I highly recommend teaming with a graphic designer. It’s great to have another eye working on your book – especially a skilled one. If you can’t pay to have a graphic designer work on your book, do a trade. Everyone needs a new head shot!
Blurb: Anything we didn’t ask that you’d like to add?
Joyce: I’m one of Blurb’s biggest cheerleaders. It’s so empowering. Anyone can make a book that looks great. When I’m teaching workshops, I always encourage my students to edit a book around a subject, any subject. It’s really a wonderful way to give back to the issues you care about. It’s a public service, really. Just a wonderful thing.
Blurb: Thanks, Joyce. We think you’re pretty wonderful! Looking forward to more great Blurb books by you.
The View Project photo exhibit is currently being shown at the Naples Museum of Fine Art in Naples Florida. It’s already generating some great press. In April, the exhibit moves to the Brooks Institute’s Gallery 27 in Santa Barbara, California and in August, you can catch it at the Palm Beach Photographic Centre in Palm Beach, Florida. Take a look here for more information on Joyce’s workshops.