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Were you there? That's a wrap for Photobook Month 2011

30th September 2011

Wow what a night last night. Julia Boggio and MD James Derbyshire are quite the pairing. We were treated to a candid look into their phenomenally successful business which has its base at the Abbey Mills, Wimbledon, but fast becoming a global concern.

We caught a glimpse of Julia’s incredible looking Bob Book (not yet printed but hot off the design press only yesterday) and were treated to a very open Q&A covering everything from tips for laying out a book to shooting couples and weddings. There was also a heavy emphasis on branding. If you get the opportunity to hear Julia speak, bit her hand off!

Of course, Photobook Month London was the last in a series of 10 events that saw us trek the length and breadth of great Britain. Let’s take a look at that trip again.

First we hit Newcastle where out speaker Mandy Charlton treated us to her dressing up project (hopefully to become an exhibition) and tips for shooting little people. Then it was on to Leeds where we were joined by music photographer Danny Gartside and landscape specialist Tim Parkin, who shared an incredible collection of photobooks.

We took a dash up to Scotland next for Photobook Month at Street Level Photoworks Gallery just of Trongate, Glasgow, where Greig Middlemiss of Different Light Photography shared his Dudeoir stories.

It was back south again for Dan Sumption’s inspiring session in a karaoke room. We’re not joking. And our quirky setting proved to hit just the right note with our audience who got stuck in to Dan’s impressive collection of photobooks.

We had some time to breathe before we set off for Birmingham, where the brilliant Steve Gerrard entertained us at his Custard Factory studio. There was much talk of light painting and music – a specialist subject of Steve’s.

And then there was Manchester. The wonderful Karen Mcbride not only shared her stories of touring with Robbie Williams but also brought along a model for an impromptu night shoot on the steps of the Deaf Institute, our brilliant stage for the evening. 

Now it was time to take on the south west. Cardiff was first and we took our seats in a yurt at the infamous – and uber cool – Milgi Lounge Bar for an intimate listen to Amy Davies and Nadine Ballantyne. Amy has an amazing Arcade Project she’s working on, while Nadine brought along her Bob Book of the Cardiff music scene. Intimate.

Bristol was busy. David Killingback brought along one of the most inspiring photobook collections I’ve ever seen, having our audience in raptures, while Andrew Wells shared his Bob Book about Bristol’s world famous balloon fiesta. Lovely stuff. 

Exeter saw us welcome Claire Sloane and Marianne Harris, both talking with passion about composition, lighting and their experienced lives as professional photographers.

And so that brought us into the capital for the finale. And what a fitting end to a busy month it was too. We want to thank you and all our amazing speakers for making Photobook Month such a success. We might just bring it all back again next year. Happy photobook making.