The Story Behind...Moment by Wolfgang Hildebrand

The Story Behind...Moment by Wolfgang Hildebrand

March 30, 2017

I share the (eventful!) story behind our new book, Moment by Wolfgang Hildebrand. Learn how I came across the project, how we designed the book and why we decided to reprint all 500!

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6 Days in Shanghai

6 Days in Shanghai

March 23, 2017

I spent 6 days in Shanghai last week. Here is what I thought and some of my photographs from the trip.

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Interview - Ruth Connolly on If you lived here, you'd be home by now

Interview - Ruth Connolly on If you lived here, you'd be home by now

March 16, 2017

I recently interview Ruth Connolly on her new book with The Velvet Cell 'If you lived here, you'd be home by now'. Read the full interview here!

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Inspirations from the Bookshelf...By Rail and By Sea / Scott Conarroe

Inspirations from the Bookshelf...By Rail and By Sea / Scott Conarroe

March 02, 2017

In this, our second post from “Inspirations from the Bookshelf” where I explore books that that inspired me on my publishing journey, I am really excited to share one of my favourite discoveries of 2016: By Rail and By Sea by Scott Conarroe.

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Steve Fitch of American Motel Signs interviewed on PhotoEye Blog

Steve Fitch of American Motel Signs interviewed on PhotoEye Blog

February 23, 2017

Steve Fitch was interviewed about his project American Motel Signs by Lucas Shaffer on Photo-Eye Blog. Read the interview here.

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Introducing IndiePhotobooks.com

Introducing IndiePhotobooks.com

February 09, 2017

Today, I'm excited to announce a new project called IndiePhotobooks dedicated to helping small and indie photobook publishers. It aims to inform publishers and self-publishers from different perspectives such as marketing, designing, printing.

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Open Submissions: Pocket Essays Vol II & Vol III

Open Submissions: Pocket Essays Vol II & Vol III

January 26, 2017

We are currently inviting submissions for our next two books in our Pocket Essays Series. Please see the post for more details! Best of luck!

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The Story Behind...Lost Rivers by Eanna de Freine

The Story Behind...Lost Rivers by Eanna de Freine

January 12, 2017

This post looks at my efforts to publish my project “Lost Rivers” in 2015, the challenges I faced and how I tried to overcome them. Though I’ve learnt so much about publishing over the last few years, I still find it impossibly hard to publish my own work. It’s always easier to work with someone else than to work with yourself.

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City of Darkness - Greg Girard, Ian Lambot

City of Darkness - Greg Girard, Ian Lambot

December 29, 2016 2 Comments

In our new series, Inspirations from the Bookshelf, we look at books that have inspired us on our publishing journey. We start with a very special book - City of Darkness by Greg Girard and Ian Lambot. It is one of those books you know you will need to get eventually, even if you have never seen it in reality.

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2016: Report from the Interior

2016: Report from the Interior

December 22, 2016

It’s hard to believe it’s already the end of another year. I want to reach out to everyone who supported us in 2016, by buying our books, or even just by sharing our content online and offering us feedback. It’s been another year of growth and learning and I'm still really excited about the projects that we brought to life in the last 12 months, and for the next 12 months too. 

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Why publish photobooks?

Why publish photobooks?

December 08, 2016 3 Comments

I believe that photobooks are the best way to tell a visual story. The format allows the story of the project to be told with sequencing, and the paper and feel of the book all add immensely to the experience.

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New :: Taipei Diary :: Peter Bialobrzeski

New :: Taipei Diary :: Peter Bialobrzeski

December 01, 2016

We included an extract from Taipei Diary, as well as an audio clip of Peter reading the diary. Peter came to visit me in Taipei in August 2014 to print the first City Diary, Cairo Diary. During his stay he shot Taipei Diary, which is his visual diary of Taipei, once the de-facto capital of China.

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Editor's Note - Pocket Essays

Editor's Note - Pocket Essays

November 24, 2016

The inaugural edition of the pocketbook series Materialities explores topics related to photographs as material objects.

 

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Getting to know you... Lars Rolfsted Mortensen

Getting to know you... Lars Rolfsted Mortensen

November 17, 2016

Today for our series “Getting to know you…” we interview Lars Rolfsted Mortensen, an architect and photographer based in Copenhagen, DenmarkHe is the author of In Search Of Habitat. 

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Introducing TVC new series : Pocket Essays

Introducing TVC new series : Pocket Essays

November 03, 2016

Pocket Essays is a new series from The Velvet Cell. Each book is framed by a particular theme that relates to photography. The series is edited by Kyler Zeleny, author of Out West, which was published by The Velvet Cell in 2014.

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Problems and Challenges in Jakarta Caused by Rapid Urbanization

Problems and Challenges in Jakarta Caused by Rapid Urbanization

October 27, 2016 1 Comment

"Not only is Jakarta the largest metropolitan area in Southeast Asia, it is the also the most dynamic, though beset with most of the urban problems experienced in twentieth first century Southeast Asia." Deden Rukmana discuss the current challenges faced by Jakarta. 

 

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The Story Behind ... Cairo Diary

The Story Behind ... Cairo Diary

October 20, 2016 1 Comment

Publishing photobooks is, without doubt, an honour. I love to work with photography and it’s always humbling to be trusted to represent someone else’s project. This has never been more true than in the case of Cairo Diary.

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New Book :: American Motel Signs 1980~2008 :: Steve Fitch

New Book :: American Motel Signs 1980~2008 :: Steve Fitch

October 06, 2016 1 Comment

Shot over 28 years, American Motel Signs is a unique insight into one of the most fascinating aspects of contemporary American culture. These motel signs, from the Sleepy Hollow Motel [Utah, 2007] to the Teddy Bear Motel [North Carolina, 1983] represent the many faces of everyday America that has become so ubiquitous in mainstream culture today. 

 

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Getting to know you... Kyler Zeleny

Getting to know you... Kyler Zeleny

September 29, 2016

We would like to introduce you our new journal series “Getting to know you…”, interviews with The Velvet Cell authors. We are starting by an interview with Kyler Zeleny, Canadian photographer and author of Out West, a project documenting small rural communities in the Canadian West.

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The Velvet Cell Survey

The Velvet Cell Survey

September 22, 2016

Please devote 10 minutes of your time to complete our short survey. Your help is highly appreciated and to say thank you, we included a 15% discount code at the end of the survey (valid till October 5).

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The Story Behind ... Mountains and Waters

The Story Behind ... Mountains and Waters

September 15, 2016

Mountains and Waters by Alexander Gronsky was released in September 2016. It might be a surprise to know that I’ve actually been working on it since early 2014. Thus the release demonstrates a culmination of almost 2 years work... 

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The Velvet Cell at Tokyo Art Book Fair 2016

The Velvet Cell at Tokyo Art Book Fair 2016

September 08, 2016

Next week I will be participating at the Tokyo Art Book Fair here in Japan. This will be The Velvet Cell’s 3rd time to participate. I previously attended it in 2013 and 2014.

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New Book :: Mountains and Waters :: Alexander Gronsky

New Book :: Mountains and Waters :: Alexander Gronsky

September 01, 2016

We are happy to announce our second book by photographer Alexander Gronsky titled Mountains and Waters. 

 

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The Story Behind...Crossing Over [Part 2]

The Story Behind...Crossing Over [Part 2]

July 19, 2016

It’s always a nervous moment when the books arrive. Did you miss anything? Was something about the finishing or binding not communicated properly? Thankfully, as usual, Crossing Over arrived in perfect condition.

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Vienna PhotoBook Festival 2016

Vienna PhotoBook Festival 2016

June 09, 2016

Join The Velvet Cell at the Vienna PhotoBook Festival this weekend. 

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Isidro Ramirez discusses Jakarta: Modest Interventions and Minor Improvisations

Isidro Ramirez discusses Jakarta: Modest Interventions and Minor Improvisations

June 02, 2016

Isidro Ramirez discusses his Jakarta project on TVC Journal.

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New Book :: Jakarta :: Isidro Ramirez

New Book :: Jakarta :: Isidro Ramirez

June 01, 2016

Proudly announcing our new book, Jakarta: Modest Interventions and Minor Improvisations by Isidro Ramirez. 

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The Story Behind … Crossing Over [Part 1]

The Story Behind … Crossing Over [Part 1]

May 27, 2016

Crossing Over was released in June 2013 as a 24 page booklet. Technically speaking it was book #025 from The Velvet Cell. It documents the journey of the photographer, Yanina Shevchenko, from Moscow to Vladivostok in Russia and back again on the Trans-Siberian Railway.

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Extracts from In Search of Habitat

Extracts from In Search of Habitat

May 23, 2016

Extracts from In Search of Habitat

"25 of the world’s 100 fastest growing urban areas are found in India. When urban expansion takes place at such a fierce pace, society acquires the possibility to redefine itself, to recast itself in a new shape and transform from one condition to another."

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The Challenges of Photobook Printing

The Challenges of Photobook Printing

May 10, 2016

When possible I always want to be on press when we are printing new books. Making books is a long process, with a lot of things that can go wrong.

 

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New Book :: Wolfsburg Diary :: Peter Bialobrzeski

New Book :: Wolfsburg Diary :: Peter Bialobrzeski

May 02, 2016

Proudly announcing our 1st publication of 2016, and our 3rd in the City Diaries Series with Peter Bialobrzeski, after Athens Diary (2015) and Cairo Diary (2014)

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New Book :: In Search of Habitat :: Lars Rolfsted Mortensen

New Book :: In Search of Habitat :: Lars Rolfsted Mortensen

November 18, 2015

I'm delighted to release our final book of 2015 - In Search of Habitat by Lars Rolfsted Mortensen. Lars came to me with this project back in May 2015 and I loved it instantly. It's exactly the kind of project I created The Velvet Cell to provide a platform for. 

 

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