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.
Bruno Ceschel writes regularly for publications such as Foam and Aperture, is coeditor of the forthcoming publication issue of the journal Photography and Culture, and was the guest editor of The PhotoBook Review's spring 2014 issue. He is also an associate lecturer of photography and contextual studies at University of the Arts London.
[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