Sad Bird is my “vanity publishing company.” You know how some musicians will start their own “label” to release their music? This is essentially the same thing, but for my photo books.
Much like prints, the photo book offers a unique experience with photographs. From surveys to series, the photo book is a modern format of presentation that has been rising popularity over the past few decades. Because of this, many photographers have been self-publishing their work, as I am here. While it may be slightly more expensive than that of the bigger guns like MACK or Aperture, it’s supporting the artist more directly. It’s a lot like supporting your local stores and restaurants.
Images & text by Jeff Smudde, forward by Carleigh Gray.
My first monograph, Arbor, Neighbor, published in 2019, is a narrative landscape project about my seek for clarity in the woodlands of Illinois after a year of mental turmoil.