In 2015, I released my first book, and started an imprint with my friend (and now editor-in-chief) David Carol.
I had no idea what was in store.
I knew I would feel proud and accomplished, and I hoped I would be happy with the book.
I had a pretty good idea that I would be supported by friends and family - the same people who support me no matter what I do.
I had no idea what it would feel like to receive such support from my photo community.
Peanut Press loves a list, so here is a list of some of the unexpected things that happened 2015:
1. Charth Vader (the book) sold out in 2 weeks. That was crazy. Did that really happen? (Limited editions still available here!)
2. People shared my work! As photographers, there’s a protocol we follow for work we like - if your receive something in the mail - a book, or a print, photograph it and share it on fb. If you read an interesting interview about a photographer whose work you love, we share it. It helps our friends find a wider audience. I share work all the time, but I didn’t realize that people would do it for me, or how touched I would be each and every time.
3. Driving Charlie to school in the morning, and getting a call asking if I would be interviewed for the news. Fortunately I wasn’t wearing pajamas. Unfortunately, I wasn’t exactly put together, either. Time to up my game in carpool fashion.
4. Shipping is a lot of work. Be careful what you wish for.
5. Elizabeth Avedon’s Top 10 list!
6. People passed my work on to people who write articles!
7. People wrote articles about the book!
8. The nice messages and email I received about my work. I will never again hesitate to tell another photographer how much I like their work.
9. The number of poop jokes you can sneak into the branding of a company.
10. How grateful I would feel about all of it.
It was a big year, and there’s more in store for 2016. We want to make more books - the kind of books that we like to see, with work that we feel strongly is worthy of attention. We can’t wait to tell you what we have planned. Stay tuned!
To my friends, family, and fellow photographers, I want to thank you for all the unexpected surprises in 2015. It means more to me than you know.
Wishing you unexpected surprises in 2016.
founder, Peanut Press Books
We are so happy to see the excitement about Peanut's first book, and everyone's favorite galactic warlord, Charth Vader. First the galaxy, now he is dominating the internet...
Why did we print Charth Vader at Meridian Printing in Rhode Island? They have printed some amazing books for our favorite photographers. If it's good enough for Lee Friedlander, Richard Avedon, Robert Adams and Irving Penn, it's good enough for us.
We arrived in the morning and the first sheet was already printed.
Thanks to Joe Chanin's many rounds of proofs, and the skill of the guys running the press, it looked amazing. But there was still work to be done. Registration needs to be checked, and ink levels changed to adjust the tones of the image. How do you do that?
First you get a group of people to stand around and look at the sheet.
Then you wave your hands over it.
Throw it in the trash.
And ask the giant press for a new one.
While the press is working on your new sheets, there is time to kill. You can immerse yourself in Meridian's a library of amazing photo books,
and get some important work done.
Then we recheck the press proofs
and the whole process starts again. It's exhausting.
But by the end of the day, we had something that we all could agree looked amazing.
Ashly gave the final ok
and the pages were printed...
Joe was blown away by the quailty of the printing at Meridian.
Now the sheets will be cut and bound, and turned into a book. Pre-order yours today!
Keep an eye out for Susan Burnstine's fabulous feature about Charth Vader in this month's Black+White magazine. Do you subscribe? You should...
Peanut Press is creating it's first book, Charth Vader, featuring the photography of Ashly Stohl.
Ashly has been photographing the struggles of her visually impaired sons, and is in the process of creating a compelling book of her work. The book is edited by photographer, David Carol, and will be available in the spring of 2015.
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