Robert Morton Books
Agent for photography books — Editorial services and consulting

The work we do . . . and who we are

Robert Morton works as an agent for photographers and artists seeking publication in books, and as an editor and consultant. Above are some of the titles he acquired and edited for Harry N. Abrams, Inc., one of the world's largest, most experienced publishers specializing in illustrated books.

In addition to helping to prepare presentations
for consideration by 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. After acceptance of a project for publication, he negotiates the contract terms and serves as intermediary between the artist and the publisher's editor. During completion of a project, he uses his long experience in book publishing to assist the publisher and artist to find ways of marketing, publicizing, and promoting the finished book. 

Telephone: 203 938-2992/mobile 203 470-4454

Note: all the images on the following pages are copyrighted by the photographers and may not be used for any purpose without their expressed written consent.

Robert Morton has worked in the world of book publishing for more than four decades, having begun his career with Doubleday & Co. in 1959. He began a specialty in editing illustrated books in 1961 when he initiated for Bantam Books a series of high quality mass-market paperbound books on photography called Gallery Editions. In that series he published books by Henri Cartier-Bresson and Werner Bischof, among others. At Time-Life Books in the 1960s, he became editor of the 25-volume series Time-Life Library of Art, and in 1970 joined New York Graphic Society (a subsidiary of Time Inc. later called Bulfinch Press and placed under the aegis of Little Brown) as Editor-in-Chief. There, he introduced a number of photographic books including volumes on the work of Margaret Bourke-White, Elliott Erwitt, Peter Beard, and Ansel Adams and published a wide variety of books on art, architecture, and the decorative arts.

In 1976, Morton joined Harry N. Abrams, Inc. as Editor-in-Chief, stepping aside three years later to become Director of Special Projects, a role that enabled him to spend more time in the direct editing of many major books. He thus began a twenty-five year service that included publishing the work of many photographers such as Richard Avedon, Edward Steichen, O.Winston Link, Andreas Feininger and others as well as contemporary artists such as Helen Frankenthaler, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Alex Katz and others. He was the editor of the monumental catalogue raisonnée of Cezanne paintings written by the noted scholar John Rewald as well as three major biographies of 19th Century artists by the same author.  Distinguished books of landscape photography, ethnography, and a series of childrens’ biographies of artists were edited and produced by him for Abrams.

Numerous books edited by Mr. Morton have won awards from the American Institute of Graphic Arts, and other groups, and in 1998 he received the gold medal of the Society of Illustrators. He left daily work at Abrams in 1998 and for the following three years produced books independently for the company, including the major two-volume photographic book called African Ceremonies by the acclaimed photographers Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher.

He returned to active work for a year in 2002-2003 as Editor-in-Chief, Books of the Aperture Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to fine photography, and where he worked on books by Mary Ellen Mark, Sylvia Plachy, Len Jenschel and Diane Cook. He has been a reviewer of portfolios at the Santa Fe Center for Photography and has also reviewed work at Photolucida in Portland, Oregon, in Houston at Fotofest, at PhotoNOLa in New Orleans and at Palm Springs Photo Festival. 

A graduate of Dartmouth College, (1955), he has taught courses in book publishing at International Center of Photography in New York, and at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury CT. He has devised and led panel discussions on the photographic book at Santa Fe, Portland, and Houston, and participated in seminars on photo book publishing at PhotoNoLa and at PhotoExpo/PDN in New York City.

Morton is currently acting as an agent and consultant for selected photographers.

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