Learn how to create a concept for your photo book by analyzing techniques and materials to design it
There are the photography books on the one hand and, on the other, the photobooks. Although they may seem the same, they are not. In this course, you will learn from the hand of a great visual artist and excellent photographer, Mariela Sancari, to differentiate them and capture a narrative in a photobook that explores the limits of the scope of photography as a means of representation.
Mariela will teach you to read complex narratives with images in photobooks, focusing on understanding the development of the concept of the book, and deepening its relationship with materiality. It will explain your work process and guide you to create the first physical model of your photobook.
About this course
You will start the course knowing more about Mariela and her career as a photographer and visual artist. He will tell you about his passion for photobooks and will share some of his influences and references.
Mariela will introduce you to the universe of photobooks, explaining what they are and how they differ from a catalog or book of photography, and will show you examples. You will approach concepts related to the book as a system, as an object and as an experience, activating its materiality.
Then you will begin the process of conceptualization, a key phase. You will learn Mariela's work process, seeing each of the stages.
You will discover how to link the concept of the photobook to the experience you want to generate for the reader, also studying the transit of the images. You will address its sequence and editing based on conceptualization. Then, you will see what decisions to make for the realization of the concept of your photobook.
You will see what materiality means and explore the material aspects of a photobook: from the choice of paper and printing technique, to the binding and size of the book. You will discover how a particular material or format is capable of conveying a concept.
You will look for how to translate the concept to your project in a first physical model, Mariela will advise you in the process. When you have it, you will refine the placement of your photos, analyze its format and the decisions you have made in relation to the materials used.
Finally, you will find a series of resources that will help you with the type of printing you choose, seeing the characteristics and strengths of each option. Similarly, you will discover different techniques and types of binding, which you can choose according to your project.
What is this course's project?
You will make a first physical model of your photobook, with the concepts and methodologies learned during the course.
Who is it for?
To photographers, visual artists, designers, bookbinders and all interested in exploring the format of the photobook with their own images.
What you need
To do this course it is not necessary to have specific prior knowledge.
As for materials, you will only need a series of printed photographs and some basic elements such as white and / or colored sheets (you can start with letter or similar size), cutter or scissors, cutting board, glue, clips, stapler, thread and needle.
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Mariela Sancari is an Argentine visual artist and photographer based in Mexico. He works mostly with photography but also other disciplines, such as performance and the creation of photobooks.
His work has been exhibited at photography festivals around the world. He has taught classes and workshops on photobooks, among other topics, in Mexico, Argentina, Belgium, Colombia, United States, Spain, India, Singapore and Switzerland.
Together with the team of the Image Center in Mexico City, in 2017 they created FOLIO, the first public collection of photobooks in the city, which is part of the library and already has more than 500 copies in its collection, all obtained from through generous donations from artists and publishers from all over the world.