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. 

Since this class jumps into the book-making process at the printing stage, Editing & Sequencing the Photobook is a prerequisite for this course. Students will begin by learning how to develop a print layout of their images so that their final sequence appears in the correct order within signatures of their book.

With pages printed, students will move on to binding their text block and learning how to cover and case their book. 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.




The paper for this class is generously sponsored by Hahnemühle.



Video courtesy of Eliot Dudik, featuring student work by Tamar Granovsky, Skip Klein, Emily Laux, and Ken Foster. 

Behind the scenes images courtesy of © Walker Bankson

Header Image Credit © Walker Bankson

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Instructor: Eliot Dudik

Eliot Dudik is a photographic artist, educator, and bookmaker exploring the connection between culture, place, and history. His books include the monograph ROAD ENDS IN WATER and the fine art book COUNTRY MADE OF DIRT. He currently teaches at the College of William & Mary, where he founded the photography program.