As is my way, I tend to keep notes to some degree on just about everything I do. An aide-mémoire perhaps or sometimes through sheer necessity. On other occasions, simply out of interest.
Falling into the latter category, I am happy to tell you that I met Julian Germain on 17th December 2004, nearly seven years ago.
Julian was just preparing for the launch of the first edition of his book “For Every Minute You Are Angry You Lose Sixty Seconds of Happiness”—a portrait of an elderly gentleman, Charles Snelling—and the launch of his accompanying show at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Arts.
Published by steidlMACK, this first edition has long sold out and copies now sell online for hundreds of pounds.
That’s not just a throw away statement, by the way. I’ve just typed “Julian Germain” into eBay and there are several results. One of them is for this very book: “Buy it Now for $700” reads the caption…
Our first meeting in 2004 was ‘after the event’ on the post-production side, so it was a great honour to work with Julian on the second edition of this beautiful publication.
I reworked old files and made some new scans too, providing fresh CMYK files and proofs in readiness for printing the second edition.
The book, now published by MACK, was launched at this year’s Paris Photo Fair. Sales were handled via the Steidl stand and I’m very pleased to report that it was their second bestseller at the fair.
“Second best? What was first?”, I hear you ask. William Eggleston’s “Chromes”, comes the reply!
You can buy the second edition of “For Every Minute…” directly through MACK for £30.
My suggestion? Grab it while you can…