Photography Book Now 2011 Juror Matt Eich is a documentary photographer and founding member of Luceo Images, a photographer owned and operated cooperative established with the goal of supporting the significant work of its members. He spoke to us about his love for photography, and where he sees the art going.
Blurb: What got you into photography and what keeps you in the field?
Matt: Originally I stumbled into photography as a way of preserving memory. Over the years my visual interests have evolved but it always links back to that initial instinct. My relationship with photography is very much alive and constantly evolving. I am intrigued and in love — there isn’t anything else I can imagine myself doing at this juncture in my life.
Blurb: What recent photography books are among your favorites?
Matt: I have a growing list of favorite books, but some of the most influential for me have been Taryn Simon’s An American Index of the Hidden and Unfamiliar, Jason Eskenazi’s Wonderland, the majority of Eugene Richards’s books, and most recently Tim Hetherington’s Infidel. That book feels so natural in the hand; the way it is put together perfectly reflects his intent.
Blurb: How do you see the future of book/digital/photography interacting or colliding?
Matt: I am hoping that new technological advances will allow photographers to better control the bookmaking process and will push us to reframe the way that photography books are published, distributed, and commodified. While I understand the economic constraints that a traditional publisher faces, I find it a bit ludicrous that emerging artists are frequently expected to pony up huge amounts of cash just to see their work in printed form.
Blurb: Is there anything you’d like to say to PBN entrants or those thinking of Photography Book Now 2011?
Matt: Sharing your work with others is often a very intimate act that exposes you and the way you see the world. Don’t be afraid to seek out strong editors who understand your work and can offer a more impartial view of your images. At the end of the day the book needs to reflect your vision above all, but insight from people less emotionally attached to the photographs is crucial.
Blurb: Thanks, Matt. We really appreciate that you took the time to speak with us.