Publish Your [Photo] Book
Go Mainstream or Self-Publish
May 4, 2014 from 4:00–6:00 PM

  • Jessica Hines “My Brothers War” Designed by Elizabeth Avedon.

    Jessica Hines “My Brothers War” Designed by Elizabeth Avedon.

  • “Self-Portraits: Vivian Maier” (powerhouse, 2013). Edited by John Maloof. Essay by Elizabeth Avedon.

    “Self-Portraits: Vivian Maier” (powerhouse, 2013). Edited by John Maloof. Essay by Elizabeth Avedon.

  • “Richard Avedon: In The American West” (Harry N. Abrams). Designed by Elizabeth Avedon.

    “Richard Avedon: In The American West” (Harry N. Abrams). Designed by Elizabeth Avedon.

  • The Police by Janette Beckman

    The Police by Janette Beckman

  • LL Cool J (1985) by Janette Beckman

    LL Cool J (1985) by Janette Beckman

  • The New Yorkers by Robert Herman

    The New Yorkers by Robert Herman

  • From the series The New Yorkers by Robert Herman

    From the series The New Yorkers by Robert Herman

“Photography is a system of saving memories. It’s a time machine in a way to preserve the memory, to preserve time.” —Hiroshi Sugimoto

The world of fine-art photographic books is crowded and competitive. Our panelists will come together in conversation to explore through their own experiences and careers the growth of and future of book publishing; the pro’s and con’s of approaching traditional publishing houses vs. self-publishing; their success or failures with funding and crowd sourcing; the importance of social media and the internet in recognition and distribution; the changing face of book fairs embracing the new independent publishers; artists taking risks and pushing the boundaries publishing their work, i.e. The Holy Bible, co-published by MACK and the The Archive of Modern Conflict.

This panel will consider some of the alternative opportunities for publishing books from crowd sourcing and funding to the importance of social media and the internet in recognition. Please join us to learn how to proceed with publishing your work successfully.

Our panelists: Craig Cohen, Executive Publisher, powerHouse Books; Janette Beckman – photographer and author of  Made in the UK: The Music of Attitude, 1977-1982 PowerHouse Books 2005; and Robert Herman – author of The New Yorkers, will come together for a conversation, moderated by independent curator and book designer, Elizabeth Avedon.


Janette Beckman
Janette Beckman

Londoner Janette Beckman began her career at the dawn of punk rock working for The Face and Melody Maker. She shot bands from The Clash to The Specials as well as 3 Police album covers. Her portraits of the British Punk, Mod and 2 Tone scenes are collected in Made in the UK: The Music of Attitude, 1977-1982 PowerHouse Books 2005. Moving to New York in 1982, she was drawn to the underground Hip Hop scene. Her photographs of pioneers Afrika Bambaata, Run DMC, Salt’n’Pepa, Grandmaster Flash and 1980’s style are collected in The Breaks, Stylin and Profilin 1982-1990 PowerHouse Books 2007

Her latest book documenting the East LA Hoyo Maravilla gang was published by Dashwood Books in 2011. She has also self published three limited edition books (available at Bookmarc and Dashwood). Janette’s photographs have recently been exhibited at Morrison Hotel Gallery NYC, Tower Records Tokyo, Roberto Mata Caracas, Proud London, Belleville Paris, Blender Gallery Sydney, Ono Arte Bolgna and Arkitip Los Angeles.

Janette lives and works in New York City. She is the New York editor for the British style and culture magazine Jocks & Nerds.

Craig Cohen
Craig Cohen

Craig Cohen is the Executive Publisher of powerHouse Books. Since joining powerHouse Books in 1996 he has produced over 400 titles including the groundbreaking bestseller, Back in the Days by Jamel Shabazz; New York September 11 by Magnum Photographers; Crosstown by Helen Levitt;  The Destruction of Lower Manhattan by Danny Lyon; Vivian Maier: Street Photographer, and others including a diverse collection of artists such as Phil Stern, Harry Benson, Mike and Doug Starn, Ron Galella, Elizabeth Peyton, Kehinde Wiley, Jeff Bridges, and Peter Sutherland among others.

Robert Herman
Robert Herman

Robert Herman has been a street photographer since his days as an NYU film student back in the late 70’s. Using his father’s Nikon F and a 50mm lens, he began by exploring the city as a means to connect with the people in his neighborhood and learn the craft of making images. His photos of New York City, shot between 1978-2005 on Kodachrome, are now collected in his first monograph:  The New Yorkers.

His work is part of the permanent collections of the George Eastman House and the Telfair Museum in Savannah, GA. His photographs are also in many private collections including Westin and Marriott Hotels. In 2011, images from The New Yorkers were exhibited at the Istanbul Photography Museum. Most recently, his solo exhibition “A Waking Dream,” was shown at the Museum of Modern Art in Cartagena, Columbia.

He has a BFA in Filmmaking from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and received his Masters in Digital Photography from the School of Visual Arts in NYC. His love of light and color, and making images that find the transcendent in the seemingly mundane, continues to this day.


Elizabeth Avedon
Elizabeth Avedon Lenscratch Mixtape

Elizabeth Avedon is an independent curator and book designer. The former Director of Photo-Eye Gallery, Santa Fe and Creative Director for The Gere Foundation, she has received awards and recognition for her publishing projects and Exhibition design, including the retrospective exhibition and book, Avedon: 1949–1979 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Dallas Museum of Fine Arts; and Richard Avedon: In the American West for the Amon Carter Museum, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, and The Art Institute of Chicago, among many others.

Throughout her career, Elizabeth designed books for mainstream book publishers, including her own imprint for Random House, “Elizabeth Avedon/Vintage Contemporary Artists” series, as well as designing Jessica Hines award-winning self-published book My Brother’s War on Elizabeth wrote, Self Portrait: My Impressions of Vivian Maier for powerHouse Books Vivian Maier: Self Portraits and is a regular contributor to L’Oeil de la Photographie profiling notable leaders in the world of Photography.