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Shark Tank: Photography Book Edition

Colleen Mullins and Javier Carmona

Friday, October 13 - 2:30PM to 3:20PM

Subvention–based publishing has skyrocketed to the point of legitimacy, unchecked. And traditional mainstream publishers have become the minority in the creation of the photography book. How does a photographer make a determination as to when in their career, and which project, will represent the best choices for the time and probable significant financial investment, needed to produce a book?


In this informative and comedic theatrical presentation, an actor and I recreate an episode of the television program Shark Tank, in which we will examine the publication options for one photographer, on the verge of this very important career milestone. Enjoy the drama, as the tables are turned, and the “Shark” becomes the photographer, with investment money, and the “Entrepreneurs” are series of publishing industry options, presented in the first-person, as a business seeking investment by a photographer, both in the use of their work, and sometimes financially. Will the present model hold up, when the photographer asks the hard questions about distribution, royalties, sales goals, and quality control, as well as other value added by the traditional publishing house, vs. subvention-based publisher, university press, or the route of self-publication?


Is it, as the Greek Chorus repeats, “the way publication is done now,” or will this apples-to-apples on-stage comparison, where an artist deigns to discuss market capitalization for themselves, make one think twice, before tapping one’s own network for the illustrious monograph?

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Colleen Mullins
Colleen Mullins
Javier Carmona
Javier Carmona

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