Friends were in town. Book people. Photography people. Doing what you ask? Well, working on a book, of course. Looks like I may or may not make a contribution. Even though I live in New Mexico, I rarely get to visit Radius Books, one of the best and most important boutique photobook publishers you will ever find. They make objects more than books. Sure, there are narrative books and art books, and yes, they all tell stories, but Radius does such an incredible job with the materials, the bind, the customizations, etc. I have a hard time calling them anything but books that function as art.
They also happen to be holding their annual sale. I can’t tell you how many of these books I wanted to buy. For anyone out there who is a lover of photography who may or may not quite understand the lasting power of print, well, just feast your eyes on the Radius book list. And feast your eyes on some of these titles.
There is no better lasting testament to photography than the book itself. The amount of work, and expense, that is required to produce a book like this is staggering. Subjects and authors are not chosen lightly, and the list of those who won’t make the published list is long and unforgiving. But that is the point of it all. Quality of work, quality of design, quality of material and production and there is hope that these will exist long after you and I are gone.