Lesley A. Martin & Denise Wolff: What Makes a Book Work?

Spring 2014

Over the weekend of January 18 and 19, Aperture Foundation books publisher Lesley A. Martin and editor Denise Wolff led a two-day intensive workshop on the process of putting together a photobook. Using a number of examples from their past work, Martin and Wolff led an engaging discussion on variables which impact the shaping of a photobook, including concept, format, materials, design, and sequencing. Participants were given the opportunity to share their own projects and receive feedback from Martin, Wolff, and the other students, leaving everyone with new ideas to pursue.

From the students:

“I feel the workshop was very complete in the sense that it covered the process, and had an editing exercise and individual reviews. I’m quite impressed that so much was covered in a short period of time!”

“Getting an inside view of how experts in the field consider the various aspects of production was very valuable.”

 Lesley A. Martin is publisher of Aperture Foundation’s book program and of The PhotoBook Review. Her writing on photography has been published in Aperture, American Photo, Stay Flat, and Foam, among other publications, and she has edited over eighty books of photography, including Reflex: A Vik Muniz Primer; On the Beach, by Richard Misrach; Penelope Umbrico: Photographs; and Ametsuchi, by Rinko Kawauchi.

Denise Wolff is a photobook editor at Aperture, and is known for her work with both contemporary and historic photography. Prior to Aperture, she was the commissioning editor for photography at Phaidon. Throughout her career, she has had the opportunity to work on many beautiful books, including monographs with established photographers such as Roger Ballen, Mary Ellen Mark, Martin Parr, and Stephen Shore, as well as first books, retrospectives, and large survey anthologies on a variety of subjects—from portraiture to photographic albums.



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