Editor, Agent and Consultant for Photographic Books
Redding Ridge, CT, USA
Robert Morton has fifty years' experience with photography books. He was a series editor at Time-Life Books, and editor-in-chief at New York Graphic Society (later Bulfinch Press, Little Brown), Harry N. Abrams, Inc., and Aperture Foundation. During this time Morton edited books by Henri Cartier Bresson, Richard Avedon, Elliot Erwitt, Andreas Feininger, O. Winston Link, and many others. In addition to launching work by established (Mary Ellen Mark, Peter Beard, Lynn Geesaman, Len Jenschel) and emerging photographers (Harvey Stein, Jack Dykinga), Morton's numerous books include five previous books on African ethnography and the monumental two-volume African Ceremonies by Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher.
Currently, Morton works as an agent for photographers seeking publication in books, and as editor and consultant on contracts and other publishing matters. He has placed books for Christopher Rauschenberg, Jeffrey Millstein, Laurie Lambrecht and James Schnepf. In addition to helping to prepare presentations for publishers (selecting and sequencing photographs, deciding upon forms of presenting work, discussing desired formats and printing methods), Morton works with the artist and publisher to find and enlist authors for introductions and other texts.
Morton has served as a portfolio reviewer at all the major photo festivals — Santa Fe, Photolucida, Fotofest, PhotoNoLa, Palm Springs — and has created or participated in several seminars on photo book publishing. He is interested in seeing subject-based, book-worthy work of all kinds, rather than abstract images or work of purely personal expression.