za•ta•ra: (zah-tar-uh) noun 1. raft 2. driftwood 3. ugly
A Press For Uniquely Designed and Collaboratively Crafted “Artist’s Styled Photobooks”
Zatara Press is an independent, small press, photography book publishing company created in 2014 by Andrew Fedynak, to give a voice to a variety of projects through the medium of unique “Artist’s Styled Photobooks.”
All of our books are produced in Richmond, Virginia.
- Zatara Press is to a photobook publishing company as a scientist is to a small, private, experimental laboratory.
- We endeavor to create unique designs expressive of each project and each photographer.
- Every detail, design, and choice within our books are considered through a collaborative, creative process acting as both facilitators and partners with each photographer.
- Zatara Press bases its general photobook design principles around the Japanese aesthetic view of Wabi-Sabi.
- To us, photobooks are poetic art objects as well as statements or narratives.
- We are not a publishing company wanting to receive rigidly finished book designs, or dummies.
- We wish to challenge the fundamental nature of the photobook with innovative designs that function to complement each project.
- The final goal with each book is the ability to take a unique design and streamline it for easier mass production in small quantities (100-2500 depending on which tier of books), thus allowing the message of each project to reach the world.
Publisher and Designer
Andrew Fedynak (Hartford Art School MFA and ICP One-Year Certificate Program) is a photographer, photobook publisher, and educator based out of Richmond, Virginia. Formally of Asheville, North Carolina, his projects are often centered on his personal views regarding the practice of Zen. These Fine Art Documentary photographs are regularly found around his home in the American South, and in other locations as moments occur. He prefers to see his finished projects in a book format, many of which have then been published, and exhibited globally. These books reside in the collections of many institutions such as Candela Gallery Collection, Museum of Modern Art Library, SCAD Atlanta – ACA Library Artists’ Book Collection, Virginia Museum of Fine Art Library, Yale University – Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, and Walker Art Center Library.
Fedynak created Zatara Press in 2014 to publish uniquely designed and collaboratively crafted “Artist’s Styled Photobooks” centered around the aesthetic design principles of Wabi Sabi. To ZP, photobooks are poetic art objects as well as statements or narratives. As a publisher, and photobook designer, he has been called upon in the past to review portfolios at festivals such as Photolucida, PhotoNOLA, Medium Festival of Photography, and Review Santa Fe. He has also been a selector for contests such as Photolucida’s Critical Mass, and a nominator for PDN 30. Each year he continues to design photobooks for ZP, and other publishers, while also working on his own personal photographic projects.
Contact Point for Europe
Giulia Bianchi is a photographer working on spirituality and feminism telling stories with words, photos and videos.
She currently lives in Milano, teaching photography, consulting for photographers, editing her own book projects, writing her first novel, making portraits, and studying theology.
Her work has been published in The Guardian, National Geographic, VICE, Marie Claire, La Repubblica, Internazionale, Marie Claire, L’Espresso, Domus, PDN, TIME, American Photo Magazine, Huffington Post, Famiglia Cristiana, Pagina99 and other magazines and books. She has been internationally exhibited.
BOOK FAIRS (ATTENDED OR SENT BOOKS)
Acid-Free Los Angeles Art Book Market
Aperture Holiday Book Bazaar
Atlanta Celebrates Photography
BOUND: Art Book + Zine Fair at MOCA Cleveland
Chicago Art Book Fair
Current Art Fair
Detroit Art Book Fair
Fully Booked Art Book Fair
Independent Art Book Fair
LES Fotobook Fair
Look3 Photography Festival
Los Angeles Art Book Fair
New York Art Book Fair
Norfolk Art Book Fair
Odds and Ends Book Fair at Yale Art Gallery
Paris Photo New York
Philadelphia Art Book Fair
Polycopies at Paris Photo
Portland Photo Month Photobook Fair
Printed Matter’s Virtual Art Book Fair
Silver Eye Book Fair
The Photography Show Presented By AIPAD
Vancouver Art Book Fair
Click! Photography Festival
Medium Festival of Photography
Review Santa Fe
Photolucida Critical Mass, 2021
Photolucida Critical Mass, 2020
Photolucida Critical Mass, 2019
Photolucida Critical Mass, 2018
Photolucida Critical Mass, 2017
Photolucida Critical Mass, 2016