UITVERKOCHT / Bruno Ceschel - Self Publish, Be Happy: A DIY Photobook Manual and Manifesto


An economic and cultural revolution has shaken the photobook world in the last five years: self-publishing. An army of photographers operating as publishers have had an instrumental role in today’s photobook renaissance. This book offers a do-it-yourself manual and a survey of key examples of self-published success stories, as well as a self-publishing manifesto and list of resources.

The manual portion of this volume offers insight, advice, and rudimentary how-tos for the photographer interested in self-publishing. The survey offers an overview of the contemporary self-publishing landscape; each case study illustrates a particular theme and genre of self-publishing (such as diary, documentary, or conceptual object), and will be accompanied by personal testimonies from the artists who created them.

Self Publish, Be Happy
, founded by Bruno Ceschel in 2010, collects, studies, and celebrates self-published photobooks through an ongoing program of workshops, live events, and on/offline projects. Its London-based collection contains more than two thousand publications. Self Publish, Be Happy is the physical manifestation of a worldwide online community formed of a new, ever-evolving generation of young artists, who experiment, stretch, and play with the medium of photography.

"Self Publish, Be Happy: A DIY Manual and Manifesto is the best place to start to make sense of the recent grassroots revolution [in publishing]" - The Guardian, 2015

512 pages
20,1 x 27,6 cm, 8 1/4 x 10 7/8 inches
280 four-color and 20 half tone illustrations Paperback 
October 2015

€28,50 Incl. btw
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