A photography book is a unique medium unto itself with a long pedigree. Photographers who effectively adapt their work to book form find special insights into the tradition and their own work. Led by two inspiring instructors—a photography book editor with twenty years publishing experience and an artist/photographer with five books to his name—this workshop will walk you through the creative and practical aspects of photographic bookmaking. David Maisel and Alan Rapp have successfully collaborated on two major monographs—Library of Dust (Chronicle, 2008) and Black Maps: American Landscape and the Apocalyptic Sublime (Steidl, 2013). We will discuss how photography books are conceptualized and explore the different considerations that shape them, including editing, sequencing, and production factors. Photographers will learn about how to research the book market to identify potential publishers, and the elements of an effective book proposal and maquette. Finally, we will discuss strategies for marketing and promoting photography books. Important industry shifts such as the economic pressures on publishers and the rise of print-on-demand and self-publishing will also be addressed.
This workshop is for photographers who have a cohesive body of work that could be brought to book form.
Please bring: portfolio of prints, and a favorite photography book to be used as a reference point in the discussions.
About Alan Rapp
Alan E. Rapp is senior editor at The Monacelli Press. He has worked with numerous photographers and artists to create their books, including Elinor Carucci, Duane Michals, Paulette Tavormina, Cig Harvey, Pamela Littky, David Maisel, Debra Bloomfield, Jo Whaley, Nick Brandt, Chris Buck, and Jona Frank. Through panels, lectures, workshops, and portfolio reviews he works to inform photographers about the conventions of photography books and their market.
About David Maisel
David Maisel is a photographer and multimedia artist based in San Francisco. Maisel’s first book, The Lake Project, was published by Nazraeli Press, and selected as one of the Top 25 Photography Books of The Year by the critic Vince Aletti. Nazraeli Press published Maisel’s second book, Oblivion, in 2006. Chronicle Books published his monograph Library of Dust in 2008, which The New York Times called “…this year’s most haunting book of images.” Library of Dust was the subject of a symposium in 2009 at the New York Institute for the Humanities. Steidl published Black Maps: American Landscape and the Apocalyptic Sublime in 2013, about which The New York Times wrote “This eye-opening survey of the photographer David Maisel’s major aerial projects reveals the terrible beauty of the industrial age.” Maisel is the recipient of a 2008 Artist Residency from the Headlands Center for the Arts and a 2007 Scholar/Artist Residency from the Getty Research Institute. He has also received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Opsis Foundation, and was shortlisted for the Prix Pictet Award. Maisel is a Trustee of the Headlands Center for the Arts. His work is widely exhibited, and is represented in more than forty major public collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, among others. To learn more about David please visit www.davidmaisel.com.
September 17-18 | 9 am – 5 pm
Tuition: $380/ CPW members: $350 (includes $40 non-refundable registration fee)
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