Dec 16th


Building SEVEN: The Mock-Up

On Friday I got my hands on the mock-up of the physical book that will this spring become SEVEN, my 160-page fine-art book. If you know me at all you know I’m not given to hiding my enthusiasm and I’m pretty sure I’ve been grinning about this all weekend. The cover is embossed, and a little understated, in a warm gray Italian linen. The paper stock feels amazing in the hand. And, measuring 12 inches by 12 inches, it looks fantastic on a coffee table! The printer does this so you can live with it in your hands a while, and get a sense of the weight and feel of the book before you commit it to print. It’s done that for me. It’s also made me really impatient to get it done, though that won’t happen any sooner than planned.

Now I’ve got to finish the interior. I’ve got much of the book laid out now, thought it still awaits my final images from Antarctica, Kenya, and Hokkaido as I try to get as much new and until now unseen work into this book. What I have got laid out looks great, and has helped me re-imagine some of my own work and see new themes and ideas. Some of the work is being re-presented for the first time in black & white (though in this book it’ll be duo-tones), and a good chunk of it will be work I’ve held back and not shown until now.

We also set an all-in date for me. On March 11 I will be submitting all the layout and image files and the pre-press work, like converting my monochromes to duo-tones, will begin. Then it’s on to print, for which I’ll be present, and after that to binding, and I hope to be there for that as well.

For those that have asked, pre-orders are still a while away and at this point I’m guessing it’ll be April when we make the formal announcements about pricing, special editions, and how to get your hands on one of the 1,000 copies.

Comments (19)
  1. December 16, 2012 at 7:36 am

    I am extremely excited about this book. Since the beginning and the spark int to photography for myself, I have always admired your work. The very first post I have ever read of yours regarding the histogram and the sailboat was a turning point in my exploration of great work. You have been the greatest teacher I have never met and probably never will, but for the most part I am grateful for the amazing direction and knowledge I have gained for your inspirational work. I hope that I am able to obtain a copy before they sell out and hope that one day I will be fortunate to travel and produce amazing art such as your own, and possibly meet you as well. Until then I want to say thanks David and continue safely in your journeys!

    • David

      December 16, 2012 at 11:36 am

      Thanks Eric. Don’t rule out the chance to meet in person. It happens more often than you can imagine. Where are you based?

      • Eric Dion

        December 16, 2012 at 3:31 pm

        I live in New Jersey currently, buying my first home in delaware this month, and hopefully able to save enough to take part in one of your classes abroad one day. I appreciate your response I understand how busy you are, Id love to come to one of your workshops in Canada as well if and when funds are able.

  2. craig

    December 16, 2012 at 8:29 am

    Hey David,

    The book cover looks great. Inspirational is a word that not only describes your work and teaching, but what little I know of you as a person as well. congrats!

    Merry Christmas!


  3. December 16, 2012 at 10:56 am

    that looks exciting. I am impatient to know more about the content and the process.
    and strictly by curiosity: who is your printer?

    • David

      December 16, 2012 at 11:38 am

      Hi Karine – I’m using Hemlock Printers. They do exceptional work including the printing of Lenswork Magazine – one of my favourites. You can see more about this project by following the posts in the SEVEN category. Here’s an easy link:

      • December 16, 2012 at 11:53 am

        I was going to ask the same question, thanks for sharing David!

        The book looks gorgeous, and I’m sure it is even better in person. I also really like the idea of producing a fine art book; there needs to be more of that these days IMO. As I have discovered recently, there is nothing like actually seeing a photograph printed. The connection is just so much greater than just looking at something on the internet. It is a shame that the practice of printing has become so disconnected from photography itself.

  4. December 16, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    SO exciting to see your work come to life in print. cannot wait to see the finished product.

  5. Nick Larson

    December 16, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    Always a wonderful experience to see my own work in print; can’t imagine seeing it in a book of this quality. Truly hope I can be one of lucky ones to get a copy.

    Keep up the good work David,


  6. December 16, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    Looks good!! Can’t wait for the book……..

  7. December 17, 2012 at 1:16 am

    Very excited about this project, David. My pennies are officially being saved! :)

  8. December 17, 2012 at 6:47 am

    Thanks for the update on “Seven”. It’s been a highly entertaining and educational process to follow your progress along the way.

  9. December 18, 2012 at 11:30 am

    Very cool. Is it going to have a dust cover with an image on it?

  10. Bernardo

    December 19, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    I’m looking forward to put my hands on a copy.
    Will sales be available outside north America?

  11. December 22, 2012 at 8:33 am

    I honestly can’t wait to get Seven. I have been enjoying your work from your website, scrolling through your photos one by one, and showing them all to a friend, or a couple of friends (HEY! This is David Duchemin! LOOK AT IT!!!); but to finally get my hands on a physical copy of your book, that’d be a pretty good birthday present (I was born on april).
    As soon as it’s pre-order-able (that’s a word, yeah?), i’ll pre-order it.
    Oh, and Congrats for your first fine arts book – with all the work, and passion you put into your…well, work, you more than deserve it.

    Cheers, Merry Christmas, and Happy 2013.
    Oh and happy doomsday too.