BookMaker Symposium

Saturday, August 25, 2018
11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Aperture Foundation
547 West 27th Street, 4th Floor
New York

Aperture Foundation presents the BookMaker Symposium a day filled with presentations and discussions by key members of the photobook community. Participants will hear from designers, printers, editors, artists, and more, on ways to successfully edit, design, and produce a photobook. The day will consist of short and sharp presentations offering different perspectives on the ecosystem of the photobook. Whether you’re new to bookmaking or have previous experience, this symposium is intended for photographers of all skill levels looking to take their work to book form.

The day will begin with mini-presentations by industry leaders, including Christina Labey and Jason Burstein, cofounders of Conveyor Arts; Craig Mathis from Printed Matter; João Doria, graphic designer and printer; Kris Graves, founder of Kris Graves Projects; and David La Spina, Dana Faconti, and Michael Vahrenwald from ROMAN NVMERALS. In the spirit of creating a space for artists to support one another and share ideas, the day will conclude with a small reception where participants and speakers can get to know one another.

11:00 – 11:10 AM: Introductory Remarks
11:10 – 11:40 AM: Kris Graves from +KGP
11:45 – 12:15 PM: Jason Burstein and Christina Labey from Conveyor Arts
12:20 – 12:50 PM: Nelson Chan from Aperture
12:55 – 1:25 PM: João Doria
1:25 – 2:30 PM: Lunch Break
2:30 – 3:00 PM: ROMAN NVMERALS
3:05 – 3:35 PM: Deirdre Donohue from the New York Public Library
3:40 – 4:10 PM: Craig Mathis from Printed Matter
4:10 – 5:00 PM: Reception

schedule subject to change




Tuition for this symposium is $75.


First 20 people to register will receive a free copy of Self Publish: Be Happy

Currently enrolled students and Aperture Members at the $250 level and above receive a 10% discount on workshop tuition. Please contact [email protected] for a discount code. Students will need to provide proper documentation of enrollment.



Registration ends on Wednesday, August 23
Contact [email protected] with any questions.



Please refer to all information provided regarding individual workshop details and requirements. Registration in any workshop or symposium will constitute your agreement to the terms and conditions outlined.
Aperture workshops and symposiums are intended for adults 18 years or older.

If the workshop includes lunch, attendees are asked to notify Aperture at the time of registration regarding any special dietary requirements. Please contact us at [email protected].

If participants choose to purchase Aperture publications during the day of the event they will receive a 20% discount. Aperture Members of all levels will receive a 30% discount.



Aperture reserves the right to take photographs or videos during the operation of any educational course or part thereof, and to use the resulting photographs and videos for promotional purposes.
By booking a workshop or symposium with Aperture Foundation, participants agree to allow their likenesses to be used for promotional purposes and in media; participants who prefer that their likenesses not be used are asked to identify themselves to Aperture staff.



Aperture workshops and symposiums must be paid for in advance by credit card, cash, or debit card. All fees are non-refundable if you should choose to withdraw from a workshop or symposium less than two weeks prior to its start date, unless we are able to fill your seat. In the event of a medical emergency, please provide a physician’s note stating the nature of the emergency, and Aperture will issue you a credit that can be applied to future workshops and symposiums. Aperture reserves the right to cancel any workshop or symposium up to one week prior to the start date, in which case a full refund will be issued. A minimum of forty participants is required to run this symposium.



Please act responsibly when using any equipment provided by Aperture or when in the presence of books, prints etc. belonging to other participants or the instructor(s). We recommend that refreshments be kept at a safe distance from all such objects.

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