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I am an avid adventurer, conservationist, teacher, and outdoor photographer whose photography celebrates the African landscape and its rich wildlife, people, and culture. My photographic safaris allow my travelers to not only enhance their understanding of photography, lighting, and wildlife, but to develop a life-long admiration for Africa ‘s beauty and culture.

Banana Republic recently used my photographs as the cornerstone of their Urban Safari campaign, and my images were seen in all 750 stores around the globe, as well as in their billboards, catalogs and annual report. I was also the winner of the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year in the ‘Wild Places’ category in 2008 and a highly commended in the ‘Creative Visions of Nature’ category in 2007.

I launched Gura Gear in 2008, in an attempt to deliver lightweight camera bags to the market. I was looking for a lightweight camera bag to hold all of my photographic gear, and there was nothing desirable on the market that suited my needs. After spending 2 years with many prototypes, the Gura Gear Kiboko bag was born. More products are now available on the Gura Gear web site.




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Portfolios for Photographers


There are so many ways to present photographs, and I decided to put together a video here in the studio to show many of the different portfolio options that are on the market today. I see more and more people using the Apple iPad for the showing of photographs, however there is no substitute for a printed image on paper. A properly printed body of work shows more than just the work of a photographer, but it can show the mastery of the craft of printing as well as the vision of a photographer.

I am a stickler for well printed photographs on paper, and it is something that I spend much of my time working on in my studio. I even run printing workshops in my studio, because I enjoy printing my own work as well as looking at others’ work. I am not saying that an iPad cannot work, but rather a printed portfolio has the opportunity actually be the final step in the photographic process.

If you do a web search for portfolios, you will see many different products, however most of them seem to be targeted to a student’s budget. This is totally ok and valid, but the readers of this site may want something nicer and are willing to pay more than $10 or $20.

The idea for the video was to put forth some tangible ideas for your own photo portfolios, and the products in the video range from around $5.50 to around $400. I have items from Moab Paper, Lost Luggage, and Dane Creek Folios. The video isn’t a complete roundup of all of the products on the market, however it is a video that shows what I have actually used myself.

Disclaimer: I do consulting work for Moab Paper, in that I create their ICC profiles for their paper.

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Andy Biggs Portfolio Boxes for sale

Moab Paper Chinle Ice Nine Portfolios 8x8” is $40 and 12x12 is $55 (both include 10 sheets of paper)

Moab Paper Chinle Digital Books 8x8” is $40 and 12x12 is $55 (no paper is included)

Moab Paper Chinle Economy Folio 8.5x11 is $23, 11x17 is $31, 13x19 is $36 and 17x22 is $42.

Moab Paper Chinle Archival Box boxes start at $15 and go up to $58

Dane Creek Folios folio packages start at $5.50 a custom quote is required. I spent around $3300 for fifteen 8.5x11 and fifteen 13x19 boxes.

Lost Luggage I paid around $400 for my brown leather portfolio. Prices vary, depending on product and size.

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Reader Comments (4)

this is a great post and Video Andy. Very informative.
I wanted to work on a portfolio of some particular work I have made and I am going to look at the display boxes you have presented.
Of course it is going to cost me a leg to have things come to Tanzania but I am getting used to it...

June 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKarine Ardault

Your work is very nice and I’m truly love it!
All the best!

June 26, 2011 | Unregistered Commentercabinet stomatologic

Andy -
Incredibly useful post! Thank you.

July 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTerry Banet

Great video. I love the Lost Luggage portfolio What printer do you use to print your portfolio?


July 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterScott W

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