SoFoBoMo – The Solo Photo Book Month Project

If you’re like me, much of what you know about photography, photographers, and photographs has come from books. But few, if any, of these books directly address the skills and techniques needed to turn a group of photos into an effective, informative, and pleasing photo book.

Inspired by the principle that “what we need to learn to do, we learn by doing,” Paul Butzi launched the Solo Photo Book Month (SoFoBoMo) five years ago. After four successful years in which hundreds of participants, world-wide, produced over 900 PDF e-books, Paul decided that he could no longer maintain his SoFoBoMo web site and shut it down in late 2011.

As a participant in Paul’s original SoFoBoMo project, I produced three SoFoBoMo photo e-books, one each in 2009, 2010, and 2011. In the process, I learned a great deal about shooting, selecting, and sequencing a (hopefully) coherent set of photographs, writing supporting text, and producing and publishing a finished e-book.

This Fall, a small group of Lancaster photographers who enjoyed past SoFoBoMo books decided to try a local SoFoBoMo project. I volunteered to make a web home for the project. You can visit it at

where you will find more background information on how SoFoBoMo works and links to download this year’s locally produced PDF e-books.

If you would be interested in participating in a local SoFoBoMo in 2013, let me know in an email to sofobomo (at) gmail (dot) com. With enough interest I hope we can have another local SoFoBoMo next year.

–Pat Cooney