Early morning around 4:00 am, I can't go back to sleep, so I've been checking my social media accounts to check some messages. I went to Twitter then followed @photobookclub it's a group of Photobook enthusiasts, strives to encourage and facilitate talks regarding photobook. As I was browsing their feed, I stumbled at one of their tweets that 14th of October is the #WorldPhotobookDay. Out of my curiosity, I immediately get out of my bed, get a coffee and headed towards my home office to read more. This is what I have learned from their website photobookclub.org:
Did you know that the first ever photobook recorded was the Photographs of British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions by Anna Atkins, an English botanist, and a photographer.
There were no records found that will indicate the publishing date of the book, so they just referred the date of entry found in the catalog copies for the British Library. She privately published her book on October 1843 in few copies and ttext wherein manuscript. Her creation was considered the first book illustrated with photographic images.
With this, I am joining the celebration. I am grateful for Anna Atkin's contribution to the world and with her ideas, we are enjoying the wonderful feeling as we flipped through the pages of these photobooks. Proud to say that I've created 9 photobooks so far and counting. Five of them were about travel and the rest is about wedding theme. Although I have not been active for a while now in creating new books. It may be time-consuming starting from photo collections, preparing the outline, designing the pages, editing and making final touches. Not to mention, sending it for printing is costly. Nevertheless, what is important is the fruit of your labor. It is the best feeling of all when you finally hold the photobook for the first time and each flip of the page brings back some memories.
Want to know more about my photobooks? Here's the digital version or you may also browse it from the Artee Bitsy section. Everyone, Happy World Photobook Day!