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Article: Errata Editions - A Little Appreciation

Errata Editions - A Little Appreciation

Errata Editions - A Little Appreciation

With our recent acquisition of an original copy of Keld Helmer-Petersen's 122 Colour Photographs from 1948, this piece which Rudi wrote back in January is all the more pertinent. Rare and historically important photobooks are out of the reach of most, and are in limited supply. What Jeff Ladd has achieved with Errata makes these books far more accessible.

Keld Helmer-Petersen's book, 122 Colour Photographs is a pivotal piece of work, not only as an example of early colour work, but for the lessons it continues to offer on composition, abstraction and viewpoint. We are celebrating this work this week by offering the Errata Edition of 122 Colour Photographs for half price at £12.50


Rudi's Original Piece

Pioneers often don't receive the recognition for their achievements, certainly not the financial rewards and I suspect that is the case with Errata Editions, one of the most exciting imprints in the photo book publishing world.

I spent 20 years reprinting and recycling books relating to the history of ideas in the last century, in very small editions and at a high prices, so I have an enormous amount of respect and admiration for Jeff starting Errata Editions, especially as he added huge amounts of extra value to the selected titles and all at an affordable price.



Unfortunately the books never had the distribution outside North America they deserved, although to me they rank alongside some of the histories we have had over the last few years such as the Parr/Badger volumes or the various volumes associated with Manfred Heiting.



Errata Editions really is Jeff Ladd. He not only conceived the idea but also was the editorial brain and doer behind all the volumes published so far. It is not clear yet whether there will be future volumes or whether there will be some modifications in the way titles are produced. We certainly need more reprints as the success of Mack’s recent publishing programme shows!



Below a short extract from an interview Jeff did a few years ago with Royal Photographic Society.:

“In 2008, I conceived of a series of books that would be studies of very rare photobooks that are now mostly inaccessible to students. With dozens of books books highlighting the “History of the Photobook” like Martin Parr and Gerry Badger’s The Photobook: A History Vol I, II, II and others, I found it absurd that most of the photobooks that are now considered the greatest or most influential books the medium has produced over the past 150 years are unavailable to students and newer generations of photographers because of their extreme rarity or value. Photobooks were, and continue to be, vital to my own education and maturity as an artist, and I hope that this book series can inspire students, or anyone for that matter, through seeing some of these masterpieces in their entirety.”



In addition to 122 Colour Photographs, we have a number of Errata titles available at £25 each. In addition, all our blog readers will get an extra £5 off when you buy two or more Errata titles with the discount code ERRATA5