Illustrated book publishing is an art. It requires an exquisite sensitivity to detail that is balanced by an understanding of the big picture and its many moving parts. To be a publisher of printed matter in its most luxurious form is found in the ability to master the balance between picture and word. It is in the ability to perceive the book as the whole greater than the sum of its parts, and that each book on the list plays a role in the larger program in which it sits.
In the twelve years since Marta Hallett launched Glitterati Incorporated, the company has come into its own as a purveyor of luxurious books befitting the modern age. With the win for 2014 Lucie Award for Publisher of the Year for Photographer’s Paradise: Turbulent America 1960-1990 by Jean-Pierre Laffont, Glitterati pays its respect to the primacy of photojournalism in the history of the United States, and its enduring ability to bare witness as nothing else ever could.
Photographer’s Paradise is the first photojournalism book on the Glitterati list. Hallett instinctively understood the photographs she saw, and how to assemble the book. From a preview of just twenty prints, Hallett told Jean-Pierre and Eliane Laffont that the book would be organized by decades, and that it would need to be large. There would be no skimping on a volume of this magnitude. The end result was 392 pages. 359 four-color and black-and-white photographs. 2 gatefolds. And the book was sized at 10 x 13.5 inches. It weighs 10 pounds. It comes in English and in French. Sir Harold Evans wrote the introduction. And Jean-Pierre Laffont traveled the fifty states in a powerful and provocative examination of the American Dream—the good, the bad, and the beautiful.
It is this search for beauty and the pleasure that it brings that compels Hallett to publish as many books as she sees fit. She observes, “To publish a great book—a classic—I need to feel as though I can’t not publish it. I just cannot allow someone else to publish a book that I see completed in my mind’s eye from the first moment I chance upon the raw material, or to ignore those encounters that because of someone’s innovative work, I am inspired to see the world in a way that I didn’t before I met that gorgeous original material.”
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