Markus Hartmann | 15.09. – 31.10.2014

Past, Present and Future of the Photo Book

Until October 31 Markus Hartmann, the former publishing director of Hatje Cantz will be thinking about the past, present and future of the photo book:

“Making and selling books was (and still is) a commercial venture, similar to the gallery business. I mention this because a lot of people from the inner circles of the art world do not have the same understanding and see their work or other works and exhibitions from a more idealistic point of view. I was accustomed to thinking about money and budgets when publishing books, and seldom had the opportunity to make books without such constraints. This is one reason why my contributions to this blog will focus more on the business side of making photo books than contributions from historians, researchers, curators, etc.”

Markus Hartmann

Markus Hartmann is a former publishing director at Hatje Cantz Verlag and longtime photobook expert, who left his position at the end of 2013 to become an editor, curator, exhibition organizer and small publisher. He started his publishing career at Verlag Gerd Hatje and Edition Cantz in Stuttgart, helped both companies to merge in 1990 and initiated the photography programme soon after that. He is constantly thinking, sometimes writing about the present and future of the old book publishing world in our ever more digitized and globalized times.