Last week I recommended the excellent blog at the Winterthur Fotomuseum and I am delighted to recommend them once again as they start a series of blog posts written by Markus Hartmann, formerly with the book publisher, Hatje Cantz.
The blog is now on week two, but take a look at his first scene setting post where he reveals why he is trying to broaden his interests and move away from book publishing as a standalone business.
In part two he presents some interesting thoughts about the proliferation of the photobook in the face of a declining publishing industry and how this is an in-between time, where neither the analogue nor digital processes hold the key to success. There is a sense of despondency in Hartmann's writing and a desire to start a fresh with new ideas in a world that is confused and confusing. But I am left with the optimism of this quote which I hope will see Hartmann through his search for future success.
"Once a book is accepted into a household, it will leave its mark in the memory of the collector or curator."