Portfolios For Photographers

June 29, 2011 ·

Michael Reichmann

Portfolios for Photographers by Andy Biggs
Portfolios for Photographers by Andy Biggs

There are so many ways to present photographs, and I decided to put together a video here in the studio to show many of the different portfolio options that are on the market today. I see more and more people using the Apple iPad for the showing of photographs, however there is no substitute for a printed image on paper. A properly printed body of work shows more than just the work of a photographer, but it can show the mastery of the craft of printing as well as the vision of a photographer.

I am a stickler for well printed photographs on paper, and it is something that I spend much of my time working on in my studio. I even run printing workshops in my studio, because I enjoy printing my own work as well as looking at others’ work. I am not saying that an iPad cannot work, but rather a printed portfolio has the opportunity actually be the final step in the photographic process.

If you do a web search for portfolios, you will see many different products, however most of them seem to be targeted to a student’s budget. This is totally ok and valid, but the readers of this site may want something nicer and are willing to pay more than $10 or $20.

The idea for the video was to put forth some tangible ideas for your own photo portfolios, and the products in the video range from around $5.50 to around $400. I have items from Moab Paper, Lost Luggage, Portfoliobox.com and Dane Creek Folios. The video isn’t a complete roundup of all of the products on the market, however it is a video that shows what I have actually used myself.

Disclaimer:  I do consulting work for Moab Paper, in that I create their ICC profiles for their paper.


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Andy Biggs Portfolio Boxes for sale

Moab Paper Chinle Ice Nine Portfolios 8×8” is $40 and 12×12 is $55 (both include 10 sheets of paper)

Moab Paper Chinle Digital Books 8×8” is $40 and 12×12 is $55 (no paper is included)

Moab Paper Chinle Economy Folio 8.5×11 is $23, 11×17 is $31, 13×19 is $36 and 17×22 is $42.

Moab Paper Chinle Archival Box boxes start at $15 and go up to $58

Dane Creek Folios folio packages start at $5.50

Portfoliobox.com a custom quote is required. I spent around $3300 for fifteen 8.5×11 and fifteen 13×19 boxes.

Lost Luggage I paid around $400 for my brown leather portfolio. Prices vary, depending on product and size.

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Michael Reichmann

Michael Reichmann is the founder of the Luminous Landscape. Michael passed away in May 2016. Since its inception in 1999 LuLa has become the world's largest site devoted to the art, craft, and technology of photography. Each month more than one million people from every country on the globe visit LuLa.

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