FL 50 - Juror Picks from Meghan

On the blog we're going to hear from the jurors of the Fall Line Fifty about their favorite submissions. We're kicking it off with Meghan's picks. 


This book immediately caught my eye when books started pouring in for the competition. The graphic text cover grabbed my attention, and as I looked through it I was struck by the crafts(wo)manship it took to create. Flipping through it haphazardly, I knew I would have to sit down and really delve into it at some point. And once I did, I was not disappointed. It's a beautiful vessel to tell a poignant story about family many people can relate. It's also a great example of weaving text into a picture book in a powerful way. 

Meghan: Why did you decide to make Come Again When You Can't Stay So Long?

My aunt contacted me in 2013 when my Grandma was 86-years-old and said that Grandma wasn’t doing well. She had fallen and her health was declining. My aunt said matter of factly that if I wanted to see her again I should do it sooner rather than later. So I went to Kansas to see her. I didn’t necessarily know that I was making a book when I went, but I knew that I would make pictures. My natural inclination when seeing family is to document it (as I did in my 2006 documentary film “Manhattan, Kansas,” which was about reuniting with my mentally ill mother after a long period of estrangement). Being behind a camera is a way to protect myself in difficult situations.

The visit was heightened because I was viewing it through the lens of “this might be the last time you’re going to see your Grandma, you’d better make the most of it” and it turned out it was. She died this past March, at home, surrounded by family. I was not able to be there but I said goodbye over the phone and I have plans to visit her grave and pay my respects this year. And make pictures about it.

Meghan: Is this your first photobook? Tell me about some of the challenges you encountered while making it.

I made a small photobook in 2013 called Each One Wonderful, about New York City Dogs, and I did a zine before Come Again When You Can’t Stay So Long, but this was the first time I sewed pages myself and incorporated letterpress elements into the mix. It was much more hands on. I considered design and text in relation to images in a way that I hadn’t before.

The biggest challenge came in the form of pushback from family. Some people thought I made this photobook to financially exploit my Grandma, which is impossibly wrong on so many levels. For better or worse, family is at the heart of my long-form documentary work--and will continue to be. My aim is to make honest pictures.

Meghan: You mentioned the letterpress and hand sewing in Q2. Can you tell me how you made this book?

I knew from the start that I wanted to make a book that was also a handmade object. To that end, I had the signatures printed unbound, and then did a chain link stitch to join them together with the endpapers. I letterpressed the covers on a Vandercook SP20 under the guidance of Sarah Smith at the Book Arts Workshop at Dartmouth--an open studio that teaches letterpress and relief printing techniques. I used 100-year-old wooden type for the title. I mixed the inks to get the orange just right. Then I had a halftone cut made from a digital image so I could add a picture to the inside back part of the cover. The bookmark with the blurb is also letterpressed.

Meghan: You are also a filmmaker, and studied documentary filmmaking at NYU. What led you to photography?

I’ve always taken pictures. I loved disposable cameras as a kid; the excitement of sending film away to be developed and then getting back these perfectly fleshed out moments in time. I really started thinking more deeply about photography around 2010, about the time I was falling out of love with filmmaking. I just started shooting everything around me with a crappy Kodak digital camera. I had a great deal of naive passion about it. I took a ton of terrible pictures, some that I thought were good. I started getting into the work of Alec Soth, Sally Mann, Judith Joy Ross, Susan Lipper, the WPA photographers, etc., and began to understand where my impulse to document was coming from and that other people had it too.

Meghan: What are some of your favorite photobooks?

These are ones I can re-read over and over again: Margaret Bourke White’s Portrait of Myself; Got to Go by Rosalind Fox Solomon; Diane Arbus: A Chronology, by Elisabeth Sussman and Doon Arbus (it’s unbelievably detailed, though I could’ve done without the post-mortem coroner's report that ends the book); Larry Sultan’s Pictures from Home; The Photographer’s Eye by John Szarkowski; The Restless Decade, John Guttman’s Photographs of the Thirties. Recently I got a lot out of Jörg Colberg’s Understanding Photobooks. Then there’s people I know either IRL or from the web that are making photobooks I really admire: Nathan Pearce is a zine making machine; Tammy Mercure is a mentor; Carrie Elizabeth Thompson’s Notes From My Therapist is a brave and beautiful autobiographical work.

I’m first drawn to the work of a photographer and then I want to know everything about how they made it. The Likes of Us: America in the Eyes of the Farm Security Administration is a great resource for the stories behind the stories of the iconic images of Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange, et al. And I once found a mint condition signed copy of Lee Friedlander’s Flowers and Trees at a thrift shop. It had a signed print inside!

Meghan: What are you currently working on?

I’m doing a weekly interview series with photographers for Vice called Doin’ Work. I ask everyone the same questions and wind up with vastly different answers--a photocentric version of the Proust Questionnaire. I love that it gives me an excuse to start a dialogue with people whose work I admire. I’m also interviewing underrepresented women in photography for BUST Magazine. Then I’m curating a photo series called Some Days Just Are, where I pair up two photographers and have them each make one photo from 9am - 9pm on a selected day. I combine the images from both participants into a photo essay; I hope the work will shine a light on the ways in which we're interconnected as humans, and how time is our common denominator. I’m also putting together a new book of my own work called Too Tired For Sunshine. It’s a collection of photographs made in Vermont between 2011–2016.

For more of Tara Wray's work, please visit her website

Some Sheep by Judith Erwes

When this small book came in with a bright colored sheep on the cover, I knew it was going to be a good one. Maybe it's because my two year old has an affinity for sheep right now. In any case, it's a beautiful little book of bright colored close-up sheep portraits. It doesn't make any claims to be something it's not... It's just some sheep. And I love that about it. 

For more of Judith Erwes's work, please visit her website

Icelandic Blue by Jacinda Russell

Matching paint samples with images from a trip to Iceland, Jacinda weaves together a story through colors. It is thoughtfully sequenced. The pairings of house paints with those colors in real life are intriguing and surprising. And it's small, slim form is the perfect vessel for the content. 

For more of Jacinda Russell's work, please visit her website

Opening: Fall Line Fifty Self-Published Books

Submissions are in! Bring yourself (and a friend) to the opening of Fall Line Fifty, a juried selection of beautiful self-published books from near and far. The Fall Line team and our guest jurors Teresa Burk and Elliot McNally of the ACA Library at SCAD and Michael Goodman of Nexus Press have come together to honor 50 outstanding self-published books. As part of our Last Thursday Talks, jurors will speak about selections at the opening. Some of the books will be for sale so you can take your favorites home with you!

Opening on Thursday, April 27th
Reception / 6:30 PM
Talk / 7PM
Address is 675 Drewry St., Suite 6

Congratulations to the artists selected!
Aaron Canipe
Adam Forrester
Alessandra Khraish
Alexis Clements
Andrew Huot
Ann Daly
Antoine de Givechy
Barbara Levine and Martin Venezky
Beth Lilly
Bryan Thomas
Cary Smith
Charles Mintz
Corinne Adams
Dennis Neal Vaughn
Elliot Figman
Elyse Defoor
Erik Burg
Jacinda Russell
Jaclyn Wright
Jason Francisco
John Prince
Jonathan Warren
Joyce Ryckman
Judith Erwes
Julian Ward
Lisa McCarty
Lucinda Bunnen
Mark Caceres
Matthew Rond
Mollie Murphy
Nancy VanDevender
Rielle Oase
Robert Angell
Ruth Adams
Ryan Strand Greenberg
Sal Taylor Kydd
Shane Lavalette
Tara Wray
Teri Darnell
Thomas Whitworth
Tom Finke
Virginie Kippelen
Vivian Keulards

Fall Line Talks: Open Mic Night

Bring your favorite very new or very old photobook to share. Tell us why you love it - we love discovering new books. We'll share a brief update from our team members Edwin Robinson and Michael Goodman about a new project we're working on - True Places by Jack Carnell. Look forward to seeing you and learning about your favorite book.

Thursday, March 30, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
675 Drewry Street NE, Suite 6
Atlanta, GA

Fall Line Fifty

Fall Line Press is searching high and low for the best self-published photobooks out there. Think you've got one? We'd love to hear from you.

Deadline has been extended until Friday, April 14th! We must have your photobook by then.  

We're planning an exhibition of self-published photobooks at our shop in Atlanta for April and May. We'll show off your book and even sell some copies (optional). If you'd like your book to be considered, please send a copy to our address below and fill out this form online. The cost to submit is $10.

DEADLINE IS APRIL 7th. Your photobooks will be available at our shop from April 27th to May 26th. You will be notified by April 17th if your book is in the chosen 50. 

We prefer to judge from the actual book, but if it's not possible to mail a copy, please send us a high quality pdf and 2-3 images of the actual book itself to: falllinefifty@gmail.com. If you send a book, please include a pre-paid envelope or box to mail the book back or you may elect to donate that copy for our reading room.

We've selected a panel to help with selecting the chosen 50 photobooks:

  • Teresa Burk, Head Librarian at ACA Library of Savannah College of Art and Design
  • Elliot McNally, Special Collections Librarian at ACA Library of Savannah College of Art and Design
  • Michael Goodman, Founding Director of Nexus Press
  • Bill Boling, Publisher of Fall Line Press
  • Meghan Walter, Managing Editor of Fall Line Press

Please send books to: 

Fall Line Press
675 Drewry Street, Suite 6
Atlanta, GA 30306

Nexus Press: The Early Years with Michael Goodman

Michael Goodman was the Founding Director of Nexus Press in 1977. Nexus Press was one of the early art presses in the South to acquire a printing press and start printing books by photographers and other visual artists.

Please come with your favorite recent (or not so recent) photobook to discuss and share. Fall Line Press seeks to be a resource for photographers, book makers, and collectors to come together and discuss ideas. We'll have our reading room back up and running; and new additions to our bookshop from other presses we admire.

Thursday, February 23
675 Drewry Street NE, Suite 6
6:30PM Reception, 7:00PM Talk

Atlanta Celebrates Photography's [Untitled] Art Book Fair

Look for us at the [Untitled] Art Book Fair, where Atlanta Celebrates Photography will be showcasing photobook publishers, art/photography zines, published photographers, and a curated selection of photobook vendors. We're excited for two days of photobook discovery and celebration!

Saturday, October 29th, 11:00AM – 5:00PM
Sunday, October 30th, Noon – 4:00PM

Atlanta Contemporary
535 Means St NW
Atlanta, GA

Sweetheart Roller Skating Rink Book Launch & Exhibition Opening

Join photographer Bill Yates for the book launch, signing & exhibition opening of Sweetheart Roller Skating Rink at Hathaway Contemporary Gallery

Thursday, September 29th, 6:00PM
887 Howell Mill Road Suite 4
Atlanta, Georgia

The photographer’s iconic series of gelatin silver photographs were shot in 1972-1973 and for nearly 40 years, the project lay untouched in a box. At his family’s urging, Yates began to show the work and was met with immediate success, becoming a top 50 winner 2013 PhotoLucida Critical Mass Award. The series will travel to Atlanta from his recent solo exhibition at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans, where it was seen by more than 25,000 museum visitors.

Solo exhibition presented by Mary Stanley Studio.
Book published by Fall Line Press.

Documentum at Cover Books in Atlanta

Join Fall Line Press Publisher William Boling in conversation this Saturday 8/20 at Cover Books

535 Means Street NW
Atlanta, Georgia
2:00 - 5:00PM

At 3:00PM Boling will discuss Fall Line's newest publication, Documentum Vol. 1 Issue 2: Pictures & Wordswith a focus on the serious play in the literary text-with-picture space on Instagram. He'll answer questions about the current issue as well as the Documentum project as a whole. 

Documentum, co-founded by William BolingDawn Kim, and Stephen Shore, is a collaborative quarterly art publication in newsprint format, offering a new look at artistic creation and contemporary photography in relation to the cultural ephemera of our time. Pictures & Words was released on July 15th at PhotoQ Bookshop in Amsterdam. 

Alphabet featured in Shadow & Light Magazine

How can one not be moved by the opening image for “A?” There are very few images that evoke “Angel” better than two little girls with white dresses and wings. As I made my way through this delightful book I was continually moved by the selection of pictures to illustrate the letters, some poignant and some very humorous. Each is compelling in its own way. Even a fish, which doesn’t usually receive much fine art attention, is given dignity.

-Tim Anderson

There's a wonderful review of Alphabet in the July/August issue of Light & Shadow Magazine. Tim Anderson in his own writing captures the fun and creative spirit of the book. Pick up a copy of the magazine here and a copy of Alphabet today!

Documentum Issue 2: Pictures & Words Opening in Amsterdam

We're excited to announce the launch of Documentum Vol. 1 Issue 2: Pictures & Words at PhotoQ Bookshop in Amsterdam on Friday, July 15, 6:00 - 9:00PM. 

William Boling and Dawn Kim will be there along with past Documentum contributors George Miles, Buku Sarkar, Naveen Naqvi; and last but not least author and art historian Taco Hidde Bakker and artist Awoiska van der Molen will join the conversation to explore the text-image relationship on Instagram.

Pictures & Words examines the serious play in the literary text-with-picture space found on the Instagram platform. Six artists and writers who use text and image centrally in their work have curated the issue.

Guest curators include:
Kate Palmer Albers
Teju Cole
Colette LaBouff
John Pilson
Jeff Sharlet
Rebecca Norris Webb

Contributors (42 total) include:
Fabiola Alondra
Lisa Anne Auerbach
Adam Bell
Mishka Henner
David Horvitz
Naveen Naqvi
Alexander Nemerov
Neil Shea
Stephen Shore
Alec Soth
Carmen Winant
and many more ...