‘On Making A Photobook (That Matters)’
July 24 – 25 + July 27 – 28, 2019
Bowen Island, BC, Canada
VIEW SELECTED PARTICIPANTS
‘From Here to There: Searching for Narrative in Photography’
Artist Talk & Book Signing
July 26, 7:00 – 9:00 PM, 2019
Polygon Gallery, North Vancouver, BC, Canada
“The most important visual chronicler of the US at work today” (The Guardian, 2015) is coming to Vancouver this summer for an exciting 2-day workshop focused on the complex creative process as well as many challenges involved in making a great photobook in 2019: don’t miss the opportunity to hone your publishing skills with Alec Soth! An acclaimed large format documentary photographer and accomplished book maker, Alec has published over 25 books to date and operates since 2008 ‘Little Brown Mushroom‘ out of St. Paul, Minnesota.
PLEASE NOTE: REGISTRATIONS ARE SELECTIVE. ALL APPLICATIONS HAVE BEEN CAREFULLY REVIEWED WITH ALL 30 SELECTED PARTICIPANTS CONTACTED ON FRIDAY, JANUARY 11, 2019. A FORMAL SELECTION ANNOUNCEMENT WAS PUBLISHED ON MONDAY, JANUARY 14: SEE ANNOUNCEMENT
TITLE: “ON MAKING A PHOTOBOOK (THAT MATTERS)”
From Alec: “As it’s become progressively easy to make photographs, so too has it become simpler to publish photobooks. While this accessibility is a boon for the casual enthusiast, it presents a challenge for the committed artist. How does one make a book with substance and depth? Franz Kafka once wrote that “a book must be the axe for the frozen sea inside us.” In this two-day workshop, Alec Soth will talk about what it means for photographers to wield this axe.
Soth will draw on his own successes and failures as a photobook author to help guide participants through the process of producing a photobook. Workshop participants will share their own photos as well as the books and experiences that helped inspire them. Along with discussions on editing, design, text and the logistics of publishing, special emphasis will be given to the core motivation behind each project.”
APPLICANTS PROFILE & REQUIREMENTS
The workshop is open to all photographers with a publishing interest: artists working on or planning to work on their first photobook projects, as well as those with already a few ones under their belt are all welcome. All participating photographers must however bring enough photographic materials (images as prints or digital portfolios) to be presented and discussed in the context of book editing and publishing. References to other influential works and books of photography as a starting conversation are encouraged.
Through a thorough presentation of his own extensive publishing experience combined with individual in-depth reviews, Alec’s workshop will provide a strong guiding platform tailoring great design strategies to all participants’ publishing goals.
ABOUT ALEC SOTH
Alec Soth (b. 1969) is a photographer born and based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He has published over twenty-five books including Sleeping by the Mississippi (2004), NIAGARA (2006) Broken Manual (2010) and Songbook (2015). Soth has had over fifty solo exhibitions including survey shows organized by Jeu de Paume in Paris (2008), the Walker Art Center in Minnesota (2010) and Media Space in London (2015). Soth has been the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards, including the Guggenheim Fellowship (2013). In 2008, Soth created Little Brown Mushroom, a multi-media enterprise focused on visual storytelling. Soth is represented by Sean Kelly in New York, Weinstein Gallery in Minneapolis, Fraenkel Gallery in San Francisco, LOOCK Galerie in Berlin and is a member of Magnum Photos.