Bruno Ceschel: The Self-Published Photo Book

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Bruno Ceschel, founder of the organization Self Publish, Be Happy and author of the book by the same name, led a two-day intensive workshop that helped participants gain tools and insights they could use to publish their own photobooks. On the first day, Ceschel gave a contextual history of self-published photobooks and walked through compelling case studies, providing a frame of reference to inspire participants’ own projects. Workshop participants were shown strategies for self-publishing, from editing and sequencing through production, distribution, and marketing.         On the second day, participants broke into pairs and worked to make an edit and preliminary sequence…

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Todd Hido: Sources and Influences

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“Part of being a photographer is noticing surface details and how they represent something larger; it’s like being a detective or psychologist.” —from Todd Hido on Landscapes, Interiors, and the Nude (Aperture, 2014)   Cinematic structure, suburbia, Raymond Carver novels, ink-jet printers, Kodak film, and Lightroom: these are just a few of the dozens of topics photographer Todd Hido discussed throughout his two-day workshop, during which he presented personal influences, shared knowledge concerning photography as both fine art and a career, and explained his evolution as an artist. After presenting his work, he led participants in group conversations surrounding their…

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Raymond Meeks and Justine Kurland: DIY Artist’s Books: Design, Production, and Distribution

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The photobook landscape has changed drastically over the past few decades due to the rise of the self-publishing movement. In April, photographers Raymond Meeks and Justine Kurland co-taught a three-day workshop that walked students through the process of designing and producing an artist’s book.         On the first day, Meeks and Kurland introduced possibilities for different types of artists’ books, followed by a discussion on how to develop a narrative arc, while showing examples of their own work. Special guest Tim Carpenter spoke about his book “A house and a tree”, as well as the small imprint he cofounded. Later in…

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Larry Fink: Choreographing Miracles

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Join Larry Fink for a workshop at Aperture Foundation: Choreographing Miracles.

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Mary Ellen Mark: Developing Personal Projects

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Mary Ellen Mark, “Rat” and Mike with a gun, Seattle, Washington, 1983 For this weekend workshop, Mary Ellen Mark invited photographers to her studio to discuss how to develop and sustain their individual personal projects. Mark encouraged participants to share their portfolios not only to receive critical feedback, but also to gain meaningful insight as to which direction they might take their work. She made careful note of each participant’s background, interests, equipment, and, most importantly, objective. Mark proposed individualized suggestions on how they could move forward, telling all the participants, “You have to have a sense of what you’re…

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Jason Fulford on Visual Language: How Pictures Speak to Each Other

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“Everywhere there is a grammatical mysticism. Grammar. It is not only the human being that speaks—the universe also speaks—everything speaks—unending languages.” —Novalis   For two days Jason Fulford guided participants through in-depth discussions and hands-on activities centered around the processes of editing and sequencing images. On the first day, Fulford introduced a handful of exercises using found images and words that were designed to open students’ minds and allow them to make new associations. These activities proved to be both humorous and helpful for photographers who wish to view their work with fresh eyes, aiding students in thinking unconventionally and…

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Elinor Carucci: Finding the Universal in Photographic Narratives

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Join Elinor Carucci for this critique-based photography workshop in New York City, ‘Finding the Universal in Photographic Narratives’.

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Rob Hornstra: DIY Storytelling

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    Over the weekend of May 31 and June 1 at Aperture Foundation, photographer Rob Hornstra led a very informative workshop on self-publishing a photobook. Hornstra and Arnold van Bruggen are the creators of The Sochi Project, a “slow journalism” series focusing on the site of the 2014 Winter Olympics, and the authors of the 2013 Aperture book The Sochi Project: An Atlas of War and Tourism in the Caucasus. At the workshop, participants learned about Hornstra’s process of financing, shooting, designing, promoting, and selling each of his self-published projects, allowing them to gain insight into the advantages and…

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Mark Steinmetz: Photographing Civilization

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On April 5 and 6, Mark Steinmetz led an insightful workshop at Aperture Foundation, grounded in the tradition of American photography. The workshop began with a seminar on the history of the medium, critically examining the works of Walker Evans, Robert Frank, Lee Friedlander, Garry Winogrand, Robert Adams, and Stephen Shore. Steinmetz highlighted composition, lighting, and thematic narratives, and shared many personal anecdotes from his experiences working with some of these photographers. He also presented his own photographs, discussing his experiences, inspirations, and publications. Each student was able to present his or her portfolio to the group and receive feedback…

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