Founded in 1964 by aerial photographer Robert Cameron, Cameron+Company
is a boutique publishing house, creating and distributing quality books and calendars with a focus
on photography, art, food+wine, children’s literature, and publications of regional interest.
Chris and Nina Gruener purchased the business in 2009, moving it from San Francisco to the North Bay town of Petaluma, with the goal of keeping Robert Cameron’s legacy alive. We continue to publish distinguished titles with an emphasis on art and photography, but have also expanded the company’s list to include children’s books and books of regional interest and local fare. We have three little ones who can often be found tearing the office apart or making photocopies of their hands. Our cozy office is crammed full of books and, in the true small town spirit of Petaluma, we walk to work. Being based in the heart of Sonoma County has definitely shaped our list. Somehow projects seem to choose us rather than the other way around, giving each a unique and personal story of its own. We hope to share some of those stories with you here as well as give you a sneak peek into the goings on of our little company: what we are working on, what inspires us and, of course, what we are reading!
About Robert Cameron
Founder and publisher of Cameron + Company, Robert Cameron’s (1911–2009) photographic career began in 1933 as a news photographer for the Des Moines Register. During World War II, he worked for the War Department as a civilian photographer. After a stint in the New York City business world, he migrated to San Francisco, where he self-published, in 1969, the first in his aerial-photography Above series, Above San Francisco. Since that time, there have been sixteen additional books, capturing cities and landscapes around the world, with titles reaching a total of over three million copies in print.
Cameron is also known for his self-published 1962 best-seller, The Drinking Man’s Diet, the original low-carb diet, which sold over two million copies.