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August 21, 2011

Harvey Benge – photography+art+ideas – Ciociaria

Filed under: Books, Ciociaria, Photography — Doug Stockdale @ 4:43 am


Ciociaria copyright 2011 Douglas Stockdale

Perhaps good things do come in three’s! So far this weekend, I have had three marvelous photographers, all of whom I really respect, post great pre-publication articles about my photobook Ciociaria. First Aline Smithson featured me on Lenscratch, very quickly followed by Andrew Phelps featuring me on Buffet and today Harvey Benge featured me on his wonderful blog photography+art+ideas.

I think I need to go buy a lottery ticket!

Best regards, Doug

August 19, 2011

Buffet – featuring Ciociaria

Filed under: Books, Ciociaria, Photography — Doug Stockdale @ 5:58 pm

Ciociaria copyright 2011 Douglas Stockdale

Okay, this morning I was really excited to see that Aline Smithson had posted an article about my book Ciociaria on her blog Lenscratch. That was really, really nice. Only then to find out that Andrew Phelps also featured my book Ciociaria today on his excellent blog Buffet, along with a really nice little commentary. This is way beyond really, really nice,and almost beyond words. Two photographers who I admire featuring my project on the same day. OhMyGosh! I am so honored.

Especially since it was during the writing of my review of Andrew Phelps book Not Niigata that I gained the insight and developed my concept for what has become my project, and subsequent book,  Ciociaria.

Best regards, Doug

Lenscratch – featuring Ciociaria

Filed under: Books, Ciociaria, Photography — Doug Stockdale @ 1:53 pm

Ciociaria, Fiuggi copyright 2010 Douglas Stockdale

I woke up this morning to a nice surprise, Aline Smithson, a left-coast photographer, photo-instructor (just featured in PDN as one of the best fine art photo-instructors!) and blogger extraordinaire, featured my project and pending photobook Ciociaria on her blog Lenscratch. This is very exciting and quite an honor.

This is the second time that Aline has featured my photographs, in 2009 she featured two of my photo-projects; Insomnia: Hotel Noir and a poetic narrative photo-project completed in China earlier that year.

So as you might expect, I have to link up her article to my Web Ink on the side bar.

Thank you Aline!

Warmest regards, Doug

August 8, 2011

Ciociaria – pre-publication preview

Filed under: Books, Ciociaria, Photography, Projects/Series — Doug Stockdale @ 7:30 pm

Ciociaria copyright 2011 Douglas Stockdale & Edizioni Punctum (a.k.a. Punctum Press in USA)

The publication of my book Ciociaria is planned to have its Euopean launch in conjunction with FotoGrafia Festival Internazionale di Roma, September 23rd in Rome, Italy. The FotoGrafia Festival actually runs from September 23rd to October 23rd. I am still tweaking out some design aspects with the book’s publishing team, but here are details of the book to date.

This Hard cover book that will be printed and bound in Italy, with 96 pages and includes 50 color photographs. The first proof of the book’s cover is above, the lead in to this post.

The book’s size has a page trim of 20.5 cm x 24.5 cm, or 8 1/16″ H x 9 5/8″ W and the cover’s outside dimension is 8 1/2″ H x 10″ W. Although not an absolute lay flat binding, the book does open easily and reading is a very enjoyable experience.

There will be an essay by Marco Delogu and a brief afterword by me, with the text provided in both English and Italian.

The (Update: pre-publication) book is priced at $55.00 (USD), and during the pre-publication duration, I will sign the book and ship at no cost to the buyer. (Update: Price after October 1, 2011 is $60.00)

I will also have available two Limited Edition sets with this book, with a choice of two photographic print versions. The Limited Edition set is a signed and numbered book and photographic print in a slip cover. The photograph will be an archival ultrachrome K3 inks on archival, acid free, 100% rag, fine art paper, outside dimensions the same as the book’s cover.  The edition size of each set is 25 plus 5 artist proofs (A/P), and the price is $250.oo. At the moment, I have not finalized which two photographs will be available, but I will make this determination soon.

So please email me if you would like to be placed on the interest list for either the book or Limited Edition book and photographic print at:

UPDATE (9/9/2011) Received update on the book’s price, which will be $60.00. I will honor the $55.00 book price as a pre-productionspecial offer until October 1, 2011.

A small sampling of photographs that will be in Ciociaria are provided, below:

August 5, 2011

Ciociaria – book cover proof

Filed under: Books, Ciociaria, Photography, Projects/Series — Doug Stockdale @ 10:30 pm

Douglas Stockdale Ciociaria, copyright 2011 Edizioni Punctum

The pace for my book design is beginning to accelerate. We are now working on a deadline for the book launch: FotoGrafia Internazionale Festival di Roma that opens September 23rd in Rome Italy.

One important aspect of the book design is the cover, in my case a combination of photograph, text, font style, font size, font color and the text’s location on the cover. For publishers, this is almost always their decision and in some cases, will listen to the photographer as to their thoughts on the publishers choice.

The key reason that this is the publisher’s decision is that the book cover is critical to marketing and selling the book; it is the first decision point for a book buyer. There is a strong desire that this cover will be more appealing than the competing books in the bookstore and on the web, and the book cover needs to intrigue the buyer’s interest to open and investigate the book, one step closer to the buying decision.

For me, I have a concern that the book’s cover will fully integrate with my vision of the book and be aesthetically complementary with my concept for this photo-project. I am also very fortunate to be able to have a say in the cover. While I was in Rome last week, I was able to discuss with Marco the four possible photographs that he was interested in for the book cover, which I posted about here. I think Marco made an excellent selection with this photograph. BTW, this cover photograph was a back-up option to another photograph that I had included in my book dummy, which interestingly did not make the final cut. So you could say that although I really like this photograph, it was off my radar as a possible book cover image when I flew to Rome.

While in Rome, Leonardo, the book designer has worked up at least six options, which he and Marco continued to tweak after I had left. Shortly after returning to my California studio, I received an email from Leonardo with the final two PDF options, both of the same photograph, but different font treatments in the same relative location. After a little back and forth, I made my recommendation (proof above) but with a slight location change of the text to raise it up a kernel or two, and to the left margin about the same couple of kernels to move parts of my name (the “gl” of my first name) away from a white area within the photograph. Hey, you gotta protect the “brand”, eh?

Now that I am getting very close to finalizing the book cover and having the book’s interior photographs selected, this is an opportune time to update my website (  for Ciociaria, which I just completed, here. So check it out and if you like what you see, don’t hesitate to tell your friends about this project and book. Thanks!!!

We now have established the book’s price, which in the USA will be $55.00. Hard cover, 97 pages and 50 color photographs, printed offset in Italy, the two essays texts in both English and Italian.

I am publishing the Limited Edition books, two print versions of 25 each plus 5 artist proofs (A/P), with a slip cover which will house the signed and numbered books and prints and sell for $250.00 (USD).

Oh, and this time, I will also publish how you can contact me to reserve either book: and for a pre-sell promotional deal, if you reserve now and I will pay the shipping cost!! (Make nice Christmas presents if I say so myself!)

Last point, after returning home and seeing the cover proof, I realized that the Madonna is appearing to gaze down on my book title and be directing the viewer to “look at this”. nice.

Best regards, Doug

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