Interested in publishing a photo book? Consider a handmade edition!

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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 are perfect as a starting point for a published edition or as a portfolio piece at reviews. The printing and binding skills you’ll learn can be applied to small handmade editions and future book projects.

Students will learn how to develop a print layouts so their final sequence appears in the correct order within the signatures of their book. Students will learn how to print their book layouts using professional, yet accessible inkjet printers. Students will then move on to binding their book blocks and learning how to cover and case in their book with a hard cover and tipped in cover photo. Throughout the week, there will be technical demos and brief lectures intermixed with studio-work time, with an emphasis on how to make material and design selections that will create a cohesive narrative throughout each student’s book.
By the end of the course, students will have learned how to make print layouts of their final sequence and bind a professional, fine artist book. Note: Students will need to come to class with a final edited sequence for their book.

Eliot is also teaching “Editing and Sequencing for the Photobook” the week prior. These workshops work well as a sequence.

Behind the scenes images courtesy of © Walker Bankson

Header Image Credit © Walker Bankson

This course is sponsored in part by Hahnemühle Paper who has provided a supply of fine photographic paper for this course.


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.