The July 15 deadline for Photography Book Now (PBN) submissions is fast approaching. If you’re not too busy working on your book, we thought you might want to take a moment to hear what David Fahey, one of the PBN jurors, thinks about great photography books and which books have been the most influential in his life.
David has been a dealer in fine art photography in Los Angeles since 1975. In 1987, with his partner Randee Klein Devlin, he opened the Fahey/Klein Gallery, which represents or has exhibited such notable photographers as Irving Penn, Horst P. Horst, Peter Beard, Man Ray, and Henri Cartier-Bresson to name a few.
Blurb: In your opinion, what makes a great book of photographs?
David: Great photographs come from great subject matter. All photography enthusiasts/collectors/book buyers are looking for books that expand our awareness, further inform our world, and expand the history of photography. A great book of photographs accomplishes all of these things.
Blurb: What role has the photography book played in your own career and understanding of photography?
David: I have always understood that a strong exhibition can be made from a strong body of work and book. A comprehensive publication of fresh, new images, lends credibility to the photographer’s status and standing in the market place. The book adds to the artist’s contribution to the evolution of the history of photography. A large compilation of images representing an idea (or ideas) serves as a window into the artist’s mind and expressions. This information is tremendously beneficial to critics, curators, dealers and collectors. The book connects all of these individuals and gives us a better understanding of what the photographer sees and interprets. This is what drives our interest and stimulates our curiosity.
Blurb: What three photography books would you take if stranded on a desert island?
David: Edward Weston’s “Day Books,” Robert Frank’s “The Americans,” and Peter Beard’s “The End of the Game.”
Blurb: What was the first photography book you bought (or consider as being key to your artistic/creative development)?
David: Two books – Edward Weston’s “Day Books” and Peter Beard’s “Eyelids of Morning.”
Thanks for your time, David! As for the rest of you, check out the PBN bookstore. Great submissions are coming in every day. We look forward to seeing yours.