Claudia Hinterseer is a Photography Book Now juror and a natural when it comes to advice on how to tell a story with photographs. After all, she’s the founder and director of NOOR images, a documentary photography agency in Amsterdam and she holds a master’s degree in Visual Anthropology from Universiteit van Amsterdam.
Blurb: What sorts of things should photographers consider when embarking on a photography book project?
Claudia: Do research before you start. Look at other books and see what works and what you appreciate. It’s good to know what already exists and know what story you want to tell.
A photography book is more than a collection of pictures. It’s the result of the cooperation between you the photographer, and you the designer — or another person who’s a designer.
Take your time! With a book you immortalize your artwork, your images. You need to consider carefully what story you want to tell.. Also, seek a second opinion.
Just as a picture does, a book needs to add something significant. What’s the added value of your book? Is there some kind of emotion, a story, insight? And: be creative!
Blurb: What is a favorite photography book that you own or have seen from the last few years?
Claudia: There are so many photography books, I like. Actually, too many to list. So a brief selection with the risk that I might forget one special book:
Black Passport by Stanley Greene / NOOR. It’s an overview of Stanley’s work, in which he tells many personal stories, very refreshing. It is the result of a very close collaboration with the designer, Teun van der Heijden, who has been more than a designer — he was the co-director of the book.
A Million Shillings by Alixandra Fazzina / NOOR. It’s a beautiful book. Not only because of the magnificent photography, but also because of the strong journalistic stories written by Alixandra herself. In documentary photography it’s important a photographer knows how to write well.
Diamond Matters by Kadir van Lohuizen / NOOR. Kadir has illustrated the diamond industry from the mines to the jetset. The concept of the book is brilliant. The process of the diamond, from raw to refined/ polished, has been extended to the design of the book. The paper he used varies from rough to shiny/polished as the story evolves. It’s very small, like a diamond and it has a diamond on the cover of the book.
Blurb: Thank you for sharing your insights with us.
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