Blog 12…and then the Prime Minister hit me…now for sale

‘…and then the Prime Minister hit me…’ by Brian Harris is now available to buy and will be shipping from late May 2016.

Brian Harris with a copy of his new book, '...and then the Prime

Brian Harris with an early copy of his new book, ‘…and then the Prime Minister hit me…‘ 

At long last my book,’…and then the Prime Minister hit me…’ is about to be published and will start shipping towards the end of May. I’m still waiting for mailing boxes and slip cases to be completed, but the actual book is printed, assembled, back and front cover boards in place and the french folded dust jackets have been lovingly folded by hand….I am amazed at how much work is done by hand to produce the end result.

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To allow my book to lay absolutely flat so that pictures don’t disappear into the centre gutter my design team of Professor Phil Cleaver and Jennifer Penny of et-al design based in Oxford devised a way of publishing the book without a spine. This of course posed certain construction problems in making a 320 page hard back book printed on quite heavy photographic quality paper. A team of women at Diamond print services in Enfield north London, one of the few remaining book binders left in the UK, glued each printed section into place by hand. Normally the glue would be applied along the length of the spine by machine…but as the book is to lay flat when open, any glue seepage would show onto the page, so the glue was applied using a small brush along the black thread that holds the individual sections together…a labour of love…and cost !

Brian's book waiting for covering_7184

My book will be available in two versions. The standard book will be £68 plus postage and packing and the slipcased limited edition of only 200 will be numbered and signed and will include a beautiful print on 310gsm Hahnemule Photo Rag paper which will also be signed and numbered the same as the book and embossed by hand at £130 including shipping to the UK. Overseas postage can be quoted for.

Brian' book print 7208

I’m extremely proud of my book which has taken me several years to write, edit and produce. I would like to thank my partner Nikki Bertoya pushing me unload my hard drive of a brain onto a hard drive in my computer, this book would not have seen the light of day. Designers Phil and Jenny have been real stalwarts and have put far more hours into this project than was ever budgeted for and Dave Davies who looked after the actual printing as well as my good friend Glynn Griffiths who picture edited my initial selection of 1600 images down to a manageable 250 before the final cut.

Brian Harris book editing with Professor Phil Cleaver of et-al D

Editing Brian Harris’s book ‘…and then the Prime Minister hit me…’ with Professor Phil Cleaver of et-al Design on left and Photographer Brian Harris

Brian Harris book editing by Picture Editor Glynn Griffiths

Picture Editor Glynn Griffiths in Brian’s Garage showing hundreds of 7×5 en prints used to make the final selection

Brian Harris book sign off day 15 Jan 2016

Signing off day 15 Jan 2016 Prof Phil Cleaver with Jennifer Penny and Dave Davies the printer at et-al design consultants offices in Oxford check the proofs and the final spell checks and layouts before signing off the job.

Brian Harris check over the Litho proofs for his book 6536

Brian in his office checking yet more proofs

Brian Harris print day for '...and then the Prime Minister hit m

Picture editor Glynn Griffiths at Geoff Neal print works, Feltham west London.

Brian Harris print day for '...and then the Prime Minister hit m

Brian Harris checking the pages before signing off the actual printing of the book

Brian Harris print day for '...and then the Prime Minister hit m

Brian Harris and Professor Phil Cleaver with one of the last litho plates

The entire production of my book has been made in the UK

About brianharrisphotographer

I have been an editorial photographer since 1969. After working for various 'Fleet Street' press agencies and local papers in the east end of London I joined The Times of London where I worked around the world until 1985. I joined The Independent Newspaper in London in 1986 and stayed with them until 1999. I'm still working as a photographer, generating my own story ideas which I sell to the international magazine market. I also contribute generic stock images to various photo libraries. I live near Cambridge in eastern England.
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