Sequence your work into a cohesive narrative, then bind and create your own book

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A handmade photographic book is far more than a compilation of images; it becomes a deeply personal, interactive, fine art object. This course is perfect for photographers who have a project or series that they’d like to present in a meaningful, cohesive way. The handmade books from this course can suit many purposes. They can be fine handmade editions in and of themselves, they make great maquettes to share with publishers for those interested in a larger published edition of their work, and they make wonderful additions to portfolios to share at reviews and exhibitions. The printing and binding skills you’ll learn can be applied to small handmade editions and future book projects.

“In Search of the Black Jewel” – Eliot Dudik

A tight edit and compelling sequencing is the soul of any good photobook, but it’s a challenging process, fraught with tough decisions. During the week, you will have the opportunity to power through the editing and sequencing process with feedback and constructive criticism from your peers and instructor, study photo books for inspiration, and accumulate the building blocks for your own photobook, while beginning to think about book design. We will conclude this workshop with the creation of a crude mock-up to aid in the design, printing, and binding of a final book later. By the end of the course, students will have learned strategies for editing & sequencing a compelling narrative and make print layouts of their final sequence.

This workshop is a great beginning to “The Handmade Photobook” being taught the following week.


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Instructor: Eliot Dudik

Eliot Dudik is an American photographer and book artist with works in institutional and private collections worldwide. His long-term projects, books, and collaborations focus on the connections between landscape, culture, memory, history, and how these combine to create place. Increasingly focused on the photobook as a means of expression, Eliot has published, self-published, or hand crafted 11 editions to date, beginning with Road Ends In Water in 2010. He was awarded the PhotoNOLA Review Prize in 2014 for his Broken Land and Still Lives portfolio, resulting in a book publication and solo exhibition.