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NOTE: This class will be held in a live, online format using the Zoom Platform. 
Class meets Saturdays 1-4pm ET

A photozine is most often a hand-made, self-published book that is easy and inexpensive to create. Zines offer exciting potential as a platform for creative expression — and as a democratized platform that can help get your work out into the world. Creators at all skill levels will learn to design, construct, and publish a zine, while having a lot of fun during the process!

In the digital age, a photozine can fulfill the desire to hold, feel, and sense a tangible art object. Photozines can help raise awareness about your work and expand your audience in a fresh new way. Planning on publishing a photo book? Making a photozine is a low-cost way to explore your creative options.

You’ll learn the basics of zine-making and will be able to  create a zine after the very first class session on May 14!  Each student will receive a free, one-to-one Zoom support session with Jeff between May 16 through May 20.

In this comprehensive 3-day course, you will:

  • Take a tour of the zine universe, so that we can understand what’s possible
  • Dive deep into photozine design and construction, with easy-to-follow live demonstrations
  • Get hands-on experience making a small book, including folding and binding techniques
  • Learn to reinvigorate your stalled or unfinished bodies of work, in contemporary style
  • Revitalize older bodies of work, transforming them with a contemporary format and style
  • Receive quick-start templates that will have you making photozines by the end of the first session
  • Learn how to build a zine using common software options — or build one using no software at all
  • Explore printing and publishing options for your zine, including using your home printer or commercial service
  • Learn how distribute and sell your zines, to get them out into the world!

Supplies:  Students will need to have some specific supplies on hand for this workshop.    Jeff has suggested that students may wish to order one of these kits from Amazon, or even review the included items to determine what they may already have:

Kits for zinemaking/bookbinding:

  • Basic bookbinding kit – $10.99 with free shipping
    Everything needed for the course, assuming that students already have scissors, a ruler, X-acto style knife – OR –
  • 17 piece bookbinding kit – $18.99 with free shipping.
    This upgrade kit includes a short straightedge, cutting knife, scissors, one additional roll of waxed thread

Paper options:  One pack of everyday-use copier or printer paper or (Recommended) One pack of this lightweight, two-sided 8.5×11 matte photo printing paper – $21.95 Red River Paper Premium Matte Double-sided Paper

Not required, but fun to have: Various scrap papers, cardboard, cloth scraps, cover stock paper, anything with an interesting texture! White glue, clear tape, stapler.  Access to a printer or copier

All Images: ©Jeff Phillips

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Instructor: Jeff Phillips

Jeff Phillips is a photographic artist living and working in Chicago, Illinois. He is a frequent lecturer and workshop presenter at Columbia College Chicago, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Los Angeles Center of Photography, New Orleans Photo Alliance, Filter Photo, and other arts organizations. Jeff serves on the boards of directors for PhotoNOLA and Filter Photo, and since 2009 has helped produce the week-long Filter Photo Festival. He is interested in non-traditional ways of presenting photography, including self-publishing, digital projection, and experimental online interfaces. His work has been featured in more than 50 gallery exhibitions and has been widely published in print and online. He holds an M.A. in Photography and a B.A. in Technology from DePaul University in Chicago.