Paul Gaffney

Aswell as a talk about creating a photobook by Kate Nolan, I also listened to a talk by Paul Gaffney. His work was very different to Nolan’s. His work is made up by thousands of miles of walking. He walked through France, Spain and Portugal over 5 months in one summer. He shot many images on his travels and this was then created into a book titled ‘We Make The Path By Walking’. Gaffney says the reason his book works so well is due to the sequencing as the images all flow from one to another.

The Title of the book came from a poem by Antonia Machado in 1912 called ‘Wanderer There Is No Path’ and this poem is also included in the back of the book.

Gaffney also gave advice when making a photobook and that was to always show peers and get advice/opinions from others. He believes it is better to have a simpler design so then it is more affordable for everyone. He also says that you don’t want the design to overpower the meaning of the book itself.

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Wanderer there is no path

Wanderer, your footsteps are
the path and nothing more;
Wanderer, there is no path,
the path is made by walking.
By walking one makes the path,
and upon glancing back
one sees the track
that must never be trod again.
Wanderer there is no path
only wakes upon the sea.

Antonio Machado (1912)


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