You know the old adage: “You can’t judge a book by its cover.” Nonetheless, we do. How many times have you picked up a book in the bookstore because the cover caught your eye? That’s no accident—book designers know that an eye-catching cover results in sales.
One of the joys of creating a book is researching the images that will grace its pages—or its cover. There’s always that moment when—leafing through yet another folder of forgotten photos—your fingers abruptly stop, your eyes refocus and you know—you just know—that you’ve found a picture that just has to be in the book. Or on its cover. For me, that moment arrived one day in the summer of 2007 when I stumbled upon a picture of a trio of boys in a gallery at the Herron Museum, the predecessor of the IMA.