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How To Edit and Sequence a Photobook with Bruno Ceschel on Vimeo On Demand

Publisher and educator, Bruno Ceschel guides viewers through the complex process of taking a photographic project and editing it into a sequence suitable for a book. He uses case studies of publications he has edited including Fire in Cairo by Matthew Connors, Dalston Anatomy by Lorenzo Vitturi, and Hola Mi Amol by Karla Hiraldo Voleau to unveil the process and decisions that were needed to bring these award-winning titles to life.

Using ideas taken from cinematic narrative construction, Ceschel looks at linear and nonlinear approaches to building a narrative across different genres of photobooks. This masterclass is an opportunity to gain an insight into the key tasks that go into creating a great photobook.

Featuring live interviews with Lorenzo Vitturi and Matthew Connors.


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 most recent 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 (US) and the National Gallery of Victoria (Australia), and published books by Lucas Blalock, Carmen Winant, Lorenzo Vitturi, and many more. Ceschel lectures and gives workshops internationally, and also consults for leading companies interested in contemporary photography.

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Topics covered in class:

A – Introduction

Bruno Ceschel (ed.) – The Photobook Review
Bruno Ceschel – Self Publish, Be Happy: A DIY Photobook Manual and Manifesto (Aperture, 2015)
Elspeth H. Brown, Bruno Ceschel & Sara Davidmann (eds.) – Photography and Culture – Volume 7, Issue 3 (Bloomsbury, 2014)
Self Publish, Be Happy Library

B – Structure

Dua Lipa’s ‘Physical’ Will Get You Moving. Here’s How She Made It | Diary of a Song (New York Times, 2020)
Title Sequences from Stanley Kubrick Films
Karla Hiraldo Voleau – Hola Mi Amol (SPBH Editions, 2019)
Peter Puklu – The Epic Love Story of a Warrior (SPBH Editions, 2016)
Matthew Connors – Fire in Cairo (SPBH Editions, 2015)

C – Editing, Sequencing and Creating Work

Jean-Vincent Simonet – In Bloom (SPBH Editions, 2018)
Lorenzo Vitturi – Money Must Be Made (SPBH Editions, 2017)
Felicity Hammond – Property (SPBH Editions, 2019)

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