Spend a week with Christian Patterson, working toward the realization of your photographic work in book form while engaging with a vibrant community of peers to foster creative connections and mutual inspiration.

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Photography Book Workshop 5 - By Christian Patterson

This five-day workshop on the Maine Media campus is intended for those who have a complete or near-complete, unpublished book project. Participants will work closely with Christian Patterson toward the realization of their work in book form and will be encouraged to do so in both digital and physical formats, such as InDesign files, basic book dummies created during the workshop, or more detailed plans for more fully realized maquettes completed over time.

The focus of this workshop is the merging of concept and narrative with the visual structure (edit, sequence, and layout) of the photographic book. Patterson will share artist talks, presentations, and book studies, the group will engage in discussion, critique, and exchange, and there will be much time spent on hands-on editing, sequence/visual structure, and layout, along with discussions on basic elements of design.

Photography Book Workshop 3 - By Christian Patterson


Participants will need to bring small work prints of the images in their book project, and a selection of alternate images. Participants are also encouraged to bring a selection of books relevant to their work, its influences, and aspirations, including previous books they have made, working dummies, or anything else of particular relevance. Laptops with InDesign installed will also be helpful.

Photography Book Workshop 2 - By Christian Patterson

From the instructor, Christian Patterson:

The primary purpose of this workshop is not to complete a book project within any particular time frame; a well-realized book can’t be rushed and requires continued revision over time. The most wonderful thing about the workshop experience is spending time together and learning from each other through careful, considerate observation and encouraging, supportive discussion. I look forward to meeting you and working together.

Photography Book Workshop 1 - By Christian Patterson

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Instructor: Christian Patterson

Christian was born in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin and lives in New York City. His conceptually grounded, narratively driven, visually layered work has been described as novelistic, subjective documentary of the historical past, and often deals with themes of the archive, authorship, memory, place and time. Photography is consistently the heart of Patterson’s work, which also includes drawings, paintings, objects, video and sound. He is the author of three books, including the critically-acclaimed, award-winning Redheaded Peckerwood (2011, Recontres d’Arles Author Book Award) and Bottom of the Lake (2015, shortlist for ParisPhoto/Aperture Foundation Photobook of the Year). He is currently completing his largest project to date, Gong Co. Patterson is a Guggenheim Fellow (2013) and winner of the Grand Prix Images Vevey (2015). His work is in the collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) J. Paul Getty Museum, and National Gallery of Art, and his books have joined many public artist book collections. He has lectured, mentored and taught widely. He is represented by Rose Gallery, Santa Monica, USA and Robert Morat Galerie, Berlin, Germany.