1. Quirk Hotel decided I was the 1,000,000 member of their loyalty club, and left me a cake, a bottle of champagne, flowers, and...a copy of Gordon's book!!! Welcome to Richmond, Virginia.
2. I ate fried chicken for every meal except for the one where I ate fried pork.
3. Candela Gallery is an amazing space run by some pretty awesome people. Gordon Stettinius is not just a gallery owner, and book publisher, but he's also one of us - a photographer. He has a million great ideas, and is a really funny guy.
5. Eliott Dudik and Jared Ragland working really, really hard while we sat around.
6. Eliott Dudik's John Snow hair.
7. The real grownup at Candela is Ashby Nickerson. She is half my age, but for the moment has twice the white hair. By choice.
8. Seeing people light up from looking at Charth Vader prints warmed my cold and icy heart. Until now, I haven't shown him much, and I forgot how good it feels to watch people enjoy your work. Not sure I've shown anything that prompted such good feelings in people. It made me happy.
9. The Charth Vader book was acquired by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, where it will be added to their Special Collections. Thank you, Lee Viverette!!
Peanut Press is taking it's show on the road!
Our friend and colleague, Gordon Stettinius is hosting the Indie PhotoBook Showcase at his Candela Gallery in Richmond, Virginia. Six Charth Vader prints will be featured in the gallery, and we will be selling limited editions, and the last few trade editions of the (sold out!) Charth Vader book!!!
Read more about the event here.
Come on over and say hi!
We are beyond thrilled to announce that we will be publishing Victoria Will's first book. She is talented, brilliant, and the nicest person we have ever met with a Princeton education. The book will feature her fascinating and compelling tintypes of celebrities from the 2014 and 2015 Sundance Film Festival. To learn more about Victoria, visit her website.
Peanut Press is pleased to announce an addition to our 2016 lineup!! We will be publishing a book featuring the street photography of Richard Bram. Spanning in time from 2008, when he first moved to New York, to 2016, to the present day, this book looks back on his love for the energy and people of the city.
Richard is a member of iN-PUBLiC, a street photography collective, and has led workshops around the world. His work is featured in collections such as the Museum of the City of New York, the Museum of London, and Bibliotheque national de France, Paris.
Learn more about Richard at richardbramphoto.com
It's 2016, and Peanut Press is happy to announce our first two titles for this year:
Robert Larson's Summer of our Lives
Raised in Los Angeles, California; Robert Larson began working as a small town newspaper photographer in 2007 while learning his craft and thinking about a future as a documentary photographer. In subsequent years, he traveled the world, volunteering abroad with non-profit organizations such as Mercy Ships, The Red Cross and J/P HRO. It wasn’t until after documenting the death of his grandfather in 2009, that he decided to focus on personal photographic essays and story telling – rather than single images. Robert is represented by Getty Images; his work has been featured in The New York Times, Photo District News, Los Angeles Times and Lenscratch.com.
Rammy Narula's Platform 10
Rammy Narula's journey in photography came when he was handed a camera and told to go take some pictures to clear his head. Very quickly walking the streets of Bangkok with it became an obsession that never relented.
Learn more about Rammy and this project in his recent interview with Wired Magazine.
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...