I know Eric Kim is reviled among many internet people and trolls alike. In the past he even seemed to lead the charge against himself with a video he posted using flash on the streets of Hollywood but you can’t deny the strength of his drive and determination in the face of it.
I personally have no issues with him, though I don’t subscribe to the Workshop thing at $800 a pop but it certainly looks like a productive experience just a bit pricey. His shooting style isn’t as intrusive as others I’ve seen or even shot with myself; I don’t think he’s a bad person and I think that’s what’s important.
Anyway, I follow Eric on Tumblr and every now and then I skim through a few of his articles but today I saw that his latest blog post was about photobooks. I’m a bit photobook daft at the moment so instead of skimming through I dived into the post head first.
I obviously can’t compare the photobooks I’ve recently made with the books he discusses in his post because they’re experiments plus I haven’t actually ‘designed’ any of my books but simply followed provided templates; no folds no fancy schmancy-ness.
Rather than laboriously summaries Eric’s post I recommend you just read it yourself. I thought it was interesting and he links to a few very neat examples of quality bespoke books like Alan Harvey’s “Based on a True Story” which I’d love to own if I could afford it.
Eric’s post is on the back of a lecture he attended with a guy called Bruno Ceschel whom ‘I’ve-never-heard-of-but-I-suppose-I-should-have’ (in a BJP kind of way); he’s some sort of expert on photobooks. Some of the examples Eric uses are video-tours, like the Alan Harvey book, so definitely worth a watch at least.
If you like photobooks give it a read: 11 Tips on Making a Photo Book with Bruno Ceschel.