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Amateurs Welcome: Photography Books 2015

Posted on April 06, 2015

This is Happening: Through the Lens of InstagramAs Apple’s “Shot on iPhone 6” campaign is promoting smartphone images at billboard size, social media photography is blowing up as a subject for publishers. Work popularized on Instagram shares shelf space with images found in museums, and more and more titles aim to help photographers of all experience levels get the most from their devices.

Social media might seem to be an odd source of inspiration for a serious art book, but one of the more prominent titles in the fall catalogue from AmMo, which publishes the work of revered photographers like Howard Bingham and Edward Weston, is The Instagram Book, Vol. 2 (Oct.), a collection of photos taken by amateurs as well as pros. It’s the follow-up to 2014’s The Instagram Book: Inside the Online Photography Revolution.

“We wanted people who had unique things to say about photography and why they were doing it,” says Steve Crist, publisher of AmMo. (Crist is also the co-editor, with Megan Shoemaker, of The Instagram Book.) “The cover image [of the first volume] is from a physician in Singapore—he’s a doctor working in an emergency room and doesn’t consider himself a professional photographer, but he made a compelling image that captured the spirit of what we wanted.”

Read more at Publishers Weekly.

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