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Last July my good friend Dorothy Brown showed me a book she had made of her 2014 trip to Paris. (You can see some of her work here in an essay Dreaming of Paris in December.) For some reason Dorothy’s book sparked in me a desire to learn more and to begin making my own books. I started small. I designed a couple of book covers that you will hopefully see in the new year. And then made a trade book called The House That Kimi Built using images from my Village Life project.

Right now I am working with Raymond Ketcham on designing a book for another photographer. This exercise is allowing me to experiment with the book form for images. Since the work is not mine, I have the luxury of detachment from the work that gives me a certain license to try out ideas without holding back.

A couple of weeks ago another such opportunity presented itself in the most unlikely of places, the office. Prior to the annual office Christmas party I had decided I would photograph it. There were no preconceived notions of might unfold but at the end of the day, I did want to make a book.

The result?

O Tannenbaum.

Handmade. 10 pages.

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  1. Dorothy Brown
    December 14, 2015

    This is wonderful, Sabrina! I wish I could see the whole thing. I love what you are doing with your new camera, too. The world of books is an exciting one indeed.

    • Sabrina
      December 14, 2015

      The book is making its rounds at work so I only managed to make a few quick pictures of it. As for books, I’ve gone down the rabbit hole and I’m not coming up any time soon. What’s that saying we have? Damn you, Dorothy Brown! 🙂

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