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Hammer is the Prayer book cover

Posted by Gaétan Charbonneau on February 23, 2017

While extremely busy preparing my last exhibition just before Christmas I didn’t post this interesting book where an image of mine illustrate this elegant cover jacket. The sober image is based on a digital file, where a black & white film profile was applied to simulate a specific tonal curve and grain characteristic. Even if the book was printed with grey ink, I have found that the result worked quite well in this particular case. The best of both world, the predictability of the digital combined with the soul of the film!

 

Hammer is The Prayer, selected poems by Christian Wiman. Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Jacket design by Na Kim. A courtesy of Millennium Images.

christian-wiman

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Christian Fuchs “SOCIAL MEDIA a critical introduction”

Posted by Gaétan Charbonneau on February 21, 2017

I have been very fortunate to provide the images for Christian Fuchs “SOCIAL MEDIA a critical introduction” first and the second edition of this reference book. This last one being the second edition.

Published by SAGE Publications Ltd. A courtesy of Millennium Images.

social-media

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Kathy Reichs – Fahr zur Hölle

Posted by Gaétan Charbonneau on March 29, 2016

My work appear on the front cover of Kathy Reichs novel “Fahr zur Höll ” published by the Verlagsgruppe Random House GmbH.

Courtesy Millennium Images/Plainpicture.

 

Kathy Reichs

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Gaétan Charbonneau’s New Book Cover

Posted by Gaétan Charbonneau on February 17, 2015

Héloïse d’Ormesson edition has used one of Gaétan Charbonneau’s images on Marc Michel-Amadry upcoming novel. A second book cover from Héloïse d’Ormesson edition.

 

A courtesy of Millennium Images.

 

Monsieur K

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The upcoming book cover!

Posted by Gaétan Charbonneau on August 17, 2013

Sage Publications is publishing this book with an image of mine on the cover, schedule to be released in December… were ahead! By Christian FuchsSocial Media a critical introduction“.

 

A courtesy of Millennium Images.

 

SOCIAL MEDIA a critical introduction

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New book cover!

Posted by Gaétan Charbonneau on April 29, 2013

Here is my last book cover image, in store June 13th. Always great to grace the front cover of a novel. Everytime feels like the first time!

Written by Lori Roy/Until She Comes Homes, published by Dutton, jacket design Jason Johnson.

 

Untill She Comes Home

 

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When less is more in graphic design: part two

Posted by Gaétan Charbonneau on September 20, 2010

Jonathan Franzen/Freiheit, published by Rowohlt. Image by Gaétan Charbonneau ©/Millennium Images.
Since I have been licensing my fine art images for book covers for as long as I can remember, I have always pointed out that in graphic design, less IS more.
I had a recent discussion with a graphic designer group on the Net, where I pointed how important the notion of “restraint” was. That keeping things simple was in the vast majority of cases, a much better option over using a ton of  graphic elements piled on top of one another, with sometimes, overly busy and unfortunate typo usages.  In fact, the only question to ask is: are all those graphic elements crucial to the jacket design?
If the response is NO, eliminating all the unnecessary will greatly simplify the reading of the cover, while making it at the same time a lot more punchy, something that is not a luxury once the book is seen on the Amazon.com Web page tiny thumbnails.  This jacket cover with an image of mine is the closest thing relating to a perfect book cover, and  one can hardly ask for more.
Simply put, this jacket is a poster child for effective book cover design.
Adios all!

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When less is more in graphic design

Posted by Gaétan Charbonneau on August 21, 2010

CANADIAN POETRY 1920 to 1960.
Edited by Brian Trehearne, published by McClelland & Steward Ltd, cover design by CS RichardsonImage: Gaétan Charbonneau©
When less is more, in graphic design.
I just did this book cover with one of my Black & White image, CANADIAN POETRY 1920 – 1960, from Brian Trehearne, published by McClelland & Steward Ltd, cover design by CS Richardson.
I first saw the book on display this week while looking for something else, a bit by accident. From a distance, the simplicity of the design was what attracted my attention in the first place.
Who said Black & White doesn’t sell anymore? That for the sake of convenience it is better to shoot in color since an eventual customer interested in licensing the image could simply strip out the color information? Book designers are a busy bunch. Always on the rush, I am not sure they have the time to imagine how a color image can translate into a monochrome, they need to see what they need on the lightbox, and the sooner the better.
From my perspective, it’s an entirely different story to go out with a digital camera knowing that no matter the subject, color information can always be stripped out, rather then using a camera with B & W films. On these occasions the mind sets in, and it then becomes possible to visualized the world in B & W on a level difficult to achieve otherwise.
Adios all

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Cool book display

Posted by Gaétan Charbonneau on June 8, 2010

Back to business, I just saw a super cool book display, courtesy of the Penguin Group (Canada). Bookshelf were neatly packed from the latest Penguin classic book collection, with one book showing the cover from each novel. While the color images were not chosen to reinvent the wheel, the coherence and the graphic of the book design collection was  extremely pleasing to the eye.
I once previously discussed that trend where the display impact would be fully taken into account when crafting the book covers, and were right on the top of that wave.

Always great to see book cover design taken seriously!

Adios all.

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Male boomers aren’t photogenic

Posted by Gaétan Charbonneau on May 5, 2010

This tittle is not a statement and even less the conclusion of any scientific studies. I simply observed that among the top 100 best sellers in the UK, of all the book jacket covers  15 were from the 20-30 good looking type of female model (it even look like the images were shot from the same model based on the terrifying lack of age and ethnic diversity). Of all the 100 jackets,  5 only? were from a male model, and NONE were from a man over 40, (with the exception of 1 jacket).
Needless to say, I feel lonely and unrepresented…
I am not sure if jacket covers are now being decided out of intense discussion groups, or worst, from elaborate sales stats but this lack of model diversity is truly mind boggling and seems to be restricted to one very specific kind of look. I’d include this phenomenon into the tyranny of the majority kind of disease mixed with a depressing self fulfilling prototype of what constitute a workable mass market cover jacket.
I am curious to see if the same pattern gets repeated in the US/Canada, France & Germany countries where amazon.com shows books best sellers performance. I’ll check it out.
Adios all.

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