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September 11, 2005

Good Morning once more!

This week marks the last installment of "The Sunday Morning Photographer." It has endured more than three years and well over 100 separate columns, and given its modest aims I think I am justified in calling it a success. I'd like to extend my thanks to the various web hosts and translators who have done so much to help make it a success, and to the many regular and occasional readers who seem, by and large, to have enjoyed it. Although it's impossible to please "all of the people all of the time," I hope I have ranged widely enough to have been of some usefulness to each of you at least occasionally.

I will be concentrating on my newsletter, and, as soon as I'm finished with the fulfillment of back orders of The Empirical Photographer, future book projects. I'm currently working on two books. One is a slender "in-plain-English" how-to manual called "How to Self-Publish a Book of Digital Photographs," and the other is a somewhat more ambitious book tentatively titled "GO CLICK: How Photographers Get Better At What They Do." Naturally, I also have other book ideas percolating.

Coming soon...well, coming sometime: A book to help you make your own book.

Both of these upcoming books cover not just the nuts and bolts, but process issues, aesthetics, and background information as well. There is currently no publication schedule, but I hope you will bookmark my Bearpaw Bookseller site and check it for new content occasionally. Of course, I will also alert the host sites of SMP whenever new books are published, in the hope that they will pass the information on to you.

The next issue of the newsletter features a "Visual Tour of Contemporary Photography" my picks from among some of the photographers now doing significant work.

If you've been a fan of "The Sunday Morning Photographer," my thanks, and may you always have good light!

Best regards,

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Mike Johnston writes and publishes an old-fashioned, entertaining quarterly ink-on-paper newsletter called The 37th Frame ( He has a B.F.A. in Photography from the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, D.C., where he was a student of the late Steve Szabo and of Joe Cameron.

He was East Coast Editor of Camera & Darkroom magazine from 1988 to 1994 and Editor-in-Chief of PHOTO Techniques magazine from 1994-2000, where his editorial column "The 37th Frame" was a popular feature and where he presented, among other things, a set of three articles on "bokeh" by John Kennerdell, Oren Grad, and Harold Merklinger that were subsequently widely discussed among photographers.

His critical and technical writings have appeared in various publications and newsletters such as The Washington Review and D-Max. A number of his articles written under the pseudonym "L. T. Gray" (el Tigre) appeared in the English magazine Darkroom User.

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