The Charm of Books

Rafael Rojas tells us why exhibitions are ephemeral but physical products, like coffee table books, offer a tangible experience that lives forever

Ask any photographer what the most rewarding way of showcasing their work is and the chances are that a photographic book will rank in the very first position, well over exhibitions, conferences or any other medium. There is something special about the photographic book that lures artists of all types. However, how many photographers buy these books themselves? I am always surprised that most have empty shelves in their homes and studios, and yet, photography books are one of the most rewarding, enlightening and inspiring tools for any photographer who wants to grow, mature and evolve as an expressive visual artist.

There is something different about the photographic book that makes it particularly attractive. The most rewarding quality might be that of permanence. The old adage says that in life we should have offspring, plant a tree and make a book. This, of course, is not a hard engraved formula for happiness or a rule to be followed, but it does hint at the idea of ‘escaping’ our own mortality, leaving behind a trace or a reminder of our passing through life that, hopefully, will remain once we are gone. Whether or not this human aspiration makes ...

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Rafael Rojas

Rafael Rojas is a fine art photographer, author and lecturer, whose work has been awarded in the most prestigious international photography competitions. His Fine Art prints, sold internationally, form part of numerous private and public collections.

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