An economic and cultural revolution has shaken the photo book world in the last five years: self-publishing. An army of photographers operating as publishers have had an instrumental role in today's photo book 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 and includes a contribution by the Museum of Modern Arts art librarian and bibliographer David Senior, which grounds today's activities in a legacy of artists books and collectives. The case studies themselves will each illustrate 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.
Author Bruno Ceschel, founder of the Self Publish, Be Happy organization, provides a rallying cry for all those involved in the contemporary photo book revolution a moment in which the photo book, in all its infinitesimal manifestations, has never before been so omnipresent in our cultural landscape, nor so critical to the photographers practice. Self Publish, Be Happy, founded by Bruno Ceschel in 2010, collects, studies, and celebrates self-published photo books 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 publishing] has always been an act of defiance against oppression (religious, political, economic, sexual, etc). DIY culture is, by its nature, an ethic in opposition to society s rules at large. It flourishes in environments of communitarian support, collaboration, and even informal barter economies. Bruno Ceshel in Time"