Stuart Smith: How Not to Design a Photobook

Saturday, October 14 – Sunday, October 15, 2017
11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. both days

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

 

Join designer Stuart Smith for a two-day workshop intended for photographers who are prepared to transition their images into book form. This workshop will focus on editing, sequencing, and pairing photographs as well as how to create a successful, well-designed, and thoroughly considered photobook. Students will gain insight into the practical and conceptual issues surrounding the early stages of book design as well as the pitfalls one can encounter during the process. Through individual and group discussions, students will discover new methods of creating their photobooks with the skills and tools they already have accessible.

On the first day, Smith will present a lecture about his practice and will also discuss working with clients such as Elliott Erwitt, Paul Graham, Tim Hetherington, Martin Parr, James Nachtwey, Mark Power, Larry Towell, Aperture, Phaidon Press, Thames and Hudson, and Steidl. The rest of the afternoon, along with the following day, is reserved for review of each participant’s images and presentation of projects. The participants will edit and sequence each student’s images as a group. Smith will lead the group’s discussion based on their specific interests and address universal problems every photographer faces while designing and producing a photobook.

Participants are required to bring a minimum of 30 (maximum 60) physical prints. The images should be no larger than 5″ x 7″ and do not need to be high quality. Drugstore and/or laser prints are sufficient, as they will be handled by several people throughout the editing and sequencing process. Digital files are not acceptable. If you are unable to provide physical prints, please contact education@aperture.org to arrange for alternative options. In addition, students are asked to bring a book they admire, specifically with respect to layout and design.

Lunch will be served both days. Please contact Aperture staff at education@aperture.org with any dietary restrictions at least one week before the start of the workshop.

Stuart Smith has been designing since 1987, specializing in typography whilst gaining an excellent reputation for his distinctive book designs. Stuart started at the Architectural Association and then moved to Phaidon Press, before going on to establish SMITH in 1994, which offers services ranging from art direction and art/photography commissions to photographic editing and advertising, book, and exhibition design, among many other services. He is the co-founder of GOST Books, a photography and visual arts publisher based in London.
 

Objectives:

  • understand how to sequence and prepare images for book form
  • feel confident with the beginning stages of designing a photobook
  • be prepared for any challenges that may occur when making your book

Materials to bring:

  • bring a minimum of 30 (maximum 60) physical prints. The images should be no larger than 5″ x 7″ and do not need to be high quality. Drugstore and/or laser prints are sufficient, as they will be handled by several people throughout the editing and sequencing process. Digital files are not acceptable. If you are unable to provide physical prints, please contact education@aperture.org to arrange for alternative options.
  • bring a photobook you admire, specifically with respect to layout and design.

Tuition:

Tuition for this two-day workshop is $500 and includes lunch and light refreshments for all days.

Currently enrolled students and Aperture Members at the $250 level and above will receive a 10% discount, please contact education@aperture.org to receive the code.

 
 

 

Interested in this workshop? Send us an email at education@aperture.org to inquire about an open seat.
 

 
 

GENERAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Please refer to all information provided regarding individual workshop details and requirements. Registration in any workshop will constitute your agreement to the terms and conditions outlined.

Aperture workshops 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 education@aperture.org.

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

 

RELEASE AND WAIVER OF LIABILITY

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 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.

 

REFUND AND CANCELLATION

Aperture workshops 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 less than one month 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. Aperture reserves the right to cancel any workshop up to one week prior to the start date, in which case a full refund will be issued. A minimum of nine students is required to run a workshop.

 

LOST, STOLEN, OR DAMAGED EQUIPMENT, BOOKS, PRINTS, ETC.

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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