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#17 Krysta Williams



As you can see, Krysta Williams has incredible hair.

It's even mentioned in her bio, but that's not why I had her on the show. Until now, we've been focused on books that are full of words. And as much as I love me some words, it's not the only reason I'll fall in love with a book. As I mention in this episode, I'm just as much as an art and photography book junkie as I am for other types of books. So I thought it was high time that we had someone on who could speak to the world of art books that are meant to delight the viewer visually.

Krysta is not only down with photography, she also makes one-of-a-kind books for photographers, both professional and amateur. We really get into the world of the visual and handmade book. It's such a fun conversation- I know you'll want to start making your own art books like a maniac once you listen.

Also, as promised in the show, here is a shot of Krysta's modified Moleskine. I have to say- I am in LOVE:



Show notes for episode 16 with Krysta Williams:

  • Books as objects (2:30)

  • Sadness over the demise of the darkroom (3:30)

  • How Krysta began making books (4:00)

  • The narrative of images (4:45)

  • Elements of book design (6:15)

  • Medium hopping (7:15)

  • Interacting with photographs inside of books (8:00)

  • Going from photo collection to book (9:15)

  • Printing photographs digitally (11:20)

  • The difference between digital files and printed images (14:30)

  • The subjectivity of photography and TRUTH in media (16:15) Mentioned:

  • Making books of other people's photography (19:45)

  • Laying out pages for a book (22:30)

  • Reasons to make a photography book (23:15)

  • Preserving photographs as memories (27:00)

  • Books as a way to make things official (28:00)

  • Talking about The Bridge on BBC (28:45)

  • Why you can't count on social media to preserve your images (30:00)

  • Millennials and book buying (31:30)

  • Beauty in one of a kind objects and analog (32:00) Mentioned: Traveler's Notebook | Rock Your Handwriting

  • Journals and planner madness (34:00) Mentioned: Krysta's Etsy Shop

  • Compulsive childhood bookmaking (36:00)

  • Breaking in a new journal (37:00) Mentioned: Susannah Conway's Journal Course

  • Journal mods (38:15) Mentioned: modified cover- see above

  • The naughtiness of modifying books (40:00) Mentioned: Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up | Jonathan Safron Foer's modified book

  • Marginalia and marking in books (42:00)

  • Turning corners down (43:15) Mentioned: Spawn of the devil meme | Dinner Party Download with Levar Burton

  • Paper altars in journals (48:30)