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North America: Self Publishing Photobooks, Online Workshop with Bruno Ceschel


25 April 2020


Saturday, 25 April: NYC 11am – 7pm / Los Angeles 8am – 4pm
Sunday, 26 April: NYC 11am – 7pm / Los Angeles 8am – 4pm

The Self-Publishing Photobooks Workshop is a great opportunity for people interested in publishing their own photography book to discover insider secrets. Workshop participants will be given all the necessary tools and insight that they will need to start self-publishing right away.

The course covers a variety of contemporary publishing models, from the zine to the traditional perfect-bound photography book. There will be theoretical and practical advice to help you with the editing, sequencing and design of publications. The course will bring insights from Ceschel’s long experience of how best to distribute and market work.

During the two-day intensive workshop each participant will present his/her own idea to the class and then bring  their project to life using publishing software. The workshop ends with the presentation of participants’ newly designed photography books.

The workshop mixes group classes and one-to-one tutorials, and uses online tools so we can share photographic material and work on it together remotely.

This is a workshop for everyone who has an existing photographic series that they would like to make into a book.

This workshop has been hosted by organisations such as Aperture Foundation, Photo LA (United States), La Fábrica (Spain), Offprint (France), MiCamera (Italy), Hydra (Mexico), Goliga (Japan) and in universities including the Maryland Institute College of Art (United States) and University of the Arts London (Britain).


Bruno Ceschel is the founder and director of Self Publish, Be Happy and a visiting lecturer at Camberwell College of Arts, University of the Arts London, and École cantonale d’art de Lausanne (ECAL). His book Self Publish, Be Happy: A DIY Photobook Manual and Manifesto was published by Aperture in 2015. He founded Self Publish, Be Happy in 2010, and has since organized events at leading arts institutions including Tate Modern (UK), Kunsthal Charlottenborg (Denmark), MoMA PS1 (United States) and the National Gallery of Victoria (Australia), and published books by Lucas Blalock, Carmen Winant, Lorenzo Vitturi, and many more. Ceschel has lectured and led workshops internationally, and also consults for leading companies interested in contemporary photography.

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