Photo books succeed (or not) on the choice and sequencing of images, not just the strength of the individual photographs. In our story “The Art and Process of Sequencing Photo Books,” Laia Abril, Ramon Pez and Teun van der Heijden explain their processes for working with photographers to sequence their images. Here’s some of the advice shared by van der Heijden, who has designed books for Stanley Greene, Donald Weber, Nina Berman, and other photographers.
“If you simply select the best 50 images in a series, it’s not an interesting book, because the tension in the photos is always the same,” van der Heijden explains. “Like in a film or a novel, you have to build up to the tension and then you need to release the tension.”