Photo Books: Concept and Use of Materials

A course by Mariela Sancari
Photographer and Visual Artist. Mexico City, Mexico.
Joined April 2019
, Photographer and Visual Artist

Learn how to create a concept for your photobook by analyzing techniques and materials to design it

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% positive reviews (210)
  • 3620 students

Learn how to create a concept for your photobook by analyzing techniques and materials to design it

Do you know the difference between a photography book and a photobook? Although they may seem the same, they are not. In this course, learn hand in hand with impactful visual artist and excellent photographer Mariela Sancari to differentiate them and capture a narrative in a photobook that links concept and materiality.

Mariela teaches you how to read complex narratives with images in photobooks, focusing on understanding the development of the book's concept and deepening the relationship with materiality. She explains her work process and guides you through the creation of the first physical mockup of your photobook.

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What will you learn in this online course?

13 lessons & 14 downloads

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% positive reviews (210)
  • 3620 students
  • 13 lessons (2h 2m)
  • 14 additional resources (4 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

What is this course's project?

Make a preliminary physical mockup of your photobook with the concepts and methodologies learned during the course.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

This course is for photographers, visual artists, designers, bookbinders, and anyone interested in exploring the photobook format with the right images or photographs.

Requirements and materials

No previous knowledge is necessary for this course.

As for materials, you only need a series of printed photographs and some basic elements such as white and/or colored sheets (you can start with letter size or similar), a cutter or scissors, a cutting board, glue, clips, a stapler, and a needle and thread.


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Mariela Sancari

A course by Mariela Sancari

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Photographer and Visual Artist

Mariela Sancari is an Argentine visual artist and photographer based in Mexico. She works mainly with photography but also other disciplines, such as performance and the creation of photobooks.

Her work has been shown in photography festivals around the world. She has taught classes and workshops on photobooks, among other topics, in Mexico, Argentina, Belgium, Colombia, the United States, Spain, India, Singapore, and Switzerland.

In 2017, she and the Centro de la Imagen team in Mexico City created FOLIO, the first public collection of photobooks in the city. It is part of the library and already has more than 500 copies in its collection, all obtained through generous donations from artists and publishers around the world.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences
    • What will we do in the course?
  • U2

    Photobooks, a universe

    • Book as a system. Book as an object. Book as experience.
    • Case studies
    • Analysis of the materiality of the book
  • U3


    • Starting from a series of photographs
    • Conceptualization of a photobook. What experience do we want to generate with our book?
    • Try and failure
    • Crucial decisions
  • U4

    Materiality and layout

    • What does materiality mean?
    • Different materials, different meanings
    • The importance of the physical model
  • FP

    Final project

    • Photobooks: conceptualization and materiality

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Photo Books: Concept and Use of Materials. Craft, Photography, and Video course by Mariela Sancari

Photo Books: Concept and Use of Materials

A course by Mariela Sancari
Photographer and Visual Artist. Mexico City, Mexico.
Joined April 2019
  • 99% positive reviews (210)
  • 3620 students