yesterday another photographer told me about "capture memphis". the Commercial Appeal has set up a site where people submit photos, everyone votes, and the best of the best are published in a coffee table book with photo credit, around 200 images. there is a DVD with about 1000 more included. book costs $30 or $34. i have not seen the book.
apparently other newspapers are doing this as well. it is even sold at barnes and noble book store. i could not find anything about where the proceeds go. i assume the commercial appeal. smart editors. memphis has St. Jude, Le bonheur childrens hospital and so many more great charities. i understand newpapers aren't what they used to be but you would think they could at least donate some of the proceeds to a charity. they even used a publishing company in Washington. it is family owned but i bet there is one local too. and they advertise the book as "all" things memphis in short.
reviews are mixed. some great and at the release everyone wanted to do it again, but the locations are not disclosed so who knows where it really came from. one guy said there is a photo of road construction on the highway. it may be a great photo, i havent seen it, but the fact that it was mentioned leads me to believe it is not the only photo that is disappointing. by disappointing i mean that i would expect photos that show memphis off in a "flattering light". road construction is not flattering for any city, reality, but not something i would pay to see.
do any of you have a city coffee table book comprised of "submitted" photos? you know they are making money and laughing all the way to the bank. i would submit a photo if a charity was involved. and i bet they would sell a lot more books too.