Interview Alexandra Huddleston on East or West and Self-Publishing photo-eye's Melanie McWhorter talks to Alexandra Huddleston about her newest self-published book East or West and the process and challenges of self-publishing.
|East or West: A Walking Journal Along Shikoku’s 88 Temple Pilgrimage|
by Alexandra Huddleston. Kyoudai Press, 2014.
Alexandra Huddleston recently released her third self-published book titled East or West: A Walking Journal Along Shikoku’s 88 Temple Pilgrimage. This paper-wrapped book features a carefully edited selection of her personal journal entries and photographs from an 800-mile pilgrimage across Japan. This book follows 333 Saints: A Life of Scholarship in Timbuktu, a project documenting the ancient tradition of Islamic scholarship in Africa, and a collaborative piece Lost Things with images by the photographer and poems by her brother Robert Huddleston. In this interview, we focus on Huddleston’s three successful Kickstarter crowdfunding campaigns that financed the publications, her decision to make East or West a modest publication and the editing and design choices that Huddleston faced with 333 Saints after the conflict in Mali lead to the destruction of some of the same scholarly texts that she photographed.—Melanie McWhorter