Nazraeli Press Limited Editions: Now Even More Limited
Nazraeli Press, the photo book publisher known for its beautifully printed photo books and “One Picture Book” series of limited edition books by contemporary photographers, has begun a new and even more expensive series of collectible editions.
This month Nazraeli has launched the first boxed set in its new “Six by Six” series. Each set contains six titles. Only 100 numbered copies of each over-sized book are being published, and each slipcased title comes with an exhibition-quality print by the photographer. The set sells for $4500 (that’s six books for $750 each), but prices may rise as the edition sells out.
Though the first Six by Six set released this month, Chris Pichler, publisher of Nazraeli, says that when word got out to collectors this summer, 70 of the 100 were pre-ordered almost immediately.
The first Six by Six set contains the following titles:
Anthony Hernandez: East Baltimore
Todd Hido: Motel Club
Raymond Meeks: Amwell
Martin Parr: Macchu Picchu
Toshio Shibata: Expressways 1986
Mark Steinmetz: Ancient Tigers of my Neighborhood
The next set is due out in Spring 2011, with more sets to follow every six months. Pichler says books by Emi Anrakuji, Michael Kenna, Tanya Marcuse, Daido Moriyama, and Alec Soth are planned.
The company is still publishing titles with larger print runs. “In addition to the ‘Six by Six’ series books, we are also publishing 16 regular edition books, and of course the One Picture Books (8 titles per year),” Pichler says. The One Picture Book series, launched in 2000, has featured books by Stephen Shore, Todd Hido, Robert Heinecken and other photographers; they sell for $150.
Photo book publishers usually use limited editions and prints as a way to underwrite the high production costs of books with larger print runs. The idea is to package the book as a collectible work of art well before it sells out and you have to go to E-Bay to find that highly praised photo book that slipped through your fingers a few years ago.