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FotoFest 2016 Biennial

FotoFest 2016 Biennial

Meeting Place Reviewers

Robert Morton

Robert Morton Books, Redding, CT, USA
Robert Morton has fifty years’ experience with photography books. He was a series editor at Time-Life Books, and editor-in-chief at New York Graphic Society (later Bulfinch Press, Little Brown), Harry N. Abrams, Inc., and Aperture Foundation from 1962 to 2003. During that time Morton edited books by Henri Cartier Bresson, Richard Avedon, Elliot Erwitt, Andreas Feininger, O. Winston Link, and many many others. In addition to launching work by established (Mary Ellen Mark, Peter Beard, Lynn Geesaman, Len Jenschel) and emerging photographers (Harvey Stein, Jack Dykinga), Morton’s numerous books include five books on African ethnography including the monumental two-volume African Ceremonies by Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher.

Currently, Morton works as an agent for photographers seeking publication in books, and as editor and consultant on contracts and other publishing matters. He has placed books for Christopher Rauschenberg, Jeffrey Millstein, Laurie Lambrecht, James Schnepf, Wyatt Gallery, Nancy LeVine, and others. In addition to helping photographers prepare presentations for publishers (selecting and sequencing photographs, deciding upon forms of presenting work, discussing desired formats and printing methods), Morton works with the artist and publisher to find and enlist authors for introductions and other texts.

Morton has served as a portfolio reviewer at all the major photo festivals — CENTER Santa Fe, Photolucida, FotoFest, PhotoNoLa, Palm Springs — and has created or participated in several seminars on photo book publishing. He is interested in seeing subject-based, book-worthy work of all kinds, rather than abstract images or work of purely personal expression.

Morton’s long experience in publishing, as well as wide contacts among active editors and publishers in the major houses, offers photographers a comprehensive perspective on how their project may fit in the current marketplace, where it might find a home, and how to present material for consideration. In certain cases, he may offer his services as an agent to personally represent a project; he is always available for advice and consultation on any publishing matter, including contract oversights.


Session One
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