For most photographers, the “why” of bookmaking is obvious but the “how” can be more of a mystery.
Photographers have long aspired to see their images as a book and there is no better feeling than having a photography project culminate in a beautiful and physical object.
Creating a book today affords many creative options with an increasing number of photobooks finding their place in personal, public, curatorial and academic collections, however designing that book can be daunting even for the most experienced photographers.
Many aspects need to be considered when creating a book, from which photos to choose and how to create a coherent story, to how to sequence them and lay them out on the pages of your book. There's also the question of typography, font size, book format and paper, as well as how to market the final product.
During the week-long workshop, participants will work on creating their own book from an existing body of work and with the mentoring and guidance of Daniel Milnor and Jorge Delgado-Ureña. During the workshop there will also be an editing masterclass given by Sarah Leen via zoom.
Daniel Milnor is the “Creative Evangelist” for Blurb, Inc. Milnor is a former news, editorial, and commercial photographer who now works primarily on long-term projects. His work combines still photographs, motion, sound, and the written word. Milnor began printing his work in the darkroom in 1988 and has self-published hundreds of titles, from award-winning to experimental. His love of travel and teaching have combined for workshops across Latin America, Europe, Australia, and North America. He has taught at the Art Center College of Design and the Academy of Art University. His work is in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art collections, The George Eastman House, and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. He lives in New Mexico.
In 2013 Sarah Leen became the first female Director of Photography at National Geographic Magazine and Partners. In 2020 she co-founded the Visual Thinking Collective, a community for independent women dedicated to supporting visual storytelling. She worked as a contributing photographer to the National Geographic magazine for 20 years before joining the staff and becoming a senior photo editor in 2004.
Leen teaches and consults with individual photographers and agencies editing visual projects and photography books. Books include the 2020 FotoEvidence and World Press Photo Book Award winner HABIBI by Antonio Faccilongo, the winner of the 2022 Lucie Book Award for Independent Book The Phoenician Collapse by Diego Ibarra Sanchez, and Ukraine: A War Crime by FotoEvidence which was shortlisted for the 2023 Arles Historical Book Award.
She is on the Board of Directors of the International League of Conservation Photographers.
Renowned Spanish photographer, resident mentor and co-founder of The Raw Society, Jorge Delgado-Ureña has taught dozens of photography workshops all over the world. Jorge has over 15 years of experience in photography and an innate ability for teaching. He’s been published in several local and international magazines, including National Geographic, Ijsberg Magazine, La Vanguardia, Publico, Fisheye Magazine to name a few. His photographs have also been exhibited in El Colegio de Periodistas and Lomography Embassy in Barcelona, Lensculture Berlin 2017, The Independent Photographer Berlin 2018 and he is currently working on the publication of two books of his photography from Cuba and Morocco.
As the objective of this workshop is to edit and create a book, participants will need 60 - 80 images from a single project before the workshop begins and that they would like to work on to create a book.
- Individual revision: The workshop will begin with a revision of your work so that mentors can become familiarised with your photography and get to know the project you want to work on.
- Visual Storytelling: Discussion on how to create a visual line in your stories.
- Writing: whether you have a finished project or you are about to start one, writing and taking notes is paramount. You will be given writing assignments during the workshop that will help put your project ideas in order and help guide you through the bookmaking process.
- Editing: With the masterclass given by Sarah Leen and the guidance of Daniel Milnor and Jorge Delgado-Ureña, you will learn how to determine not only which photographs are good but which images are necessary to build an effective story.
- Sequencing & Layout: how to order your photographs and lay them out in a book is different to how you might show them on your website or in an exhibition because we interact with them differently. As such, you'll learn how to use the book format to your advantage so that your photos and the format work together in creating something powerful.
- The nitty gritty: You'll learn how trim size, typography, paper and design are used in photography books.
- Revision and constructive criticism: both in group and individually through out the workshop.
Es Bec d'Aguila is a spanish finca in the heart of Menorca with some truly amazing vews and beaches and towns in close proximity. During our stay we'll be eating the produce that Xisco, the farmer of the finca, grows on site and is cooked by our chef for every meal.
18 - 25 May 2024
Mahon Airport (pick-up & drop-off included in fees)
Single occupancy: 3,650€/person
MENTOR FEES, ACCOMMODATION, MEALS & LOCAL TRANSPORT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE.
*Members receive a 10% discount on the above prices. E-mail us before booking to get your discount code.
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