Previous workshop with Jan Rosseel in June 2018-
upcoming autumn 2020 -
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“The photobook as object”
A five day photo book making workshop with Jan Rosseel.
The main goal of the course is to learn all the practical aspects of book making and how to problem solve
the medium shift between singular images to the book as an object in the current environment of photography.
Subjects will be the editing and compiling process, concept development, design issues like choice of
size, paper, grid and typography, and the guidance of the printing process. The workshop is designed for photographers
who are interested in working on a concept, edit and sequence for a book.
AIM OF THE WORKSHOP
During the workshop, Jan will share his experience in conceptual work with photography books and photography
book production, combining the points of view of photographer and graphic designer.
Together with the participants, they will go through the main stages of book production, from the concept to completion of
a dummy. Challenging the students to think outside their framework and create a unique object that complements
the photographers’ vision.
The workshop consists of lectures, practical classes and work on the students’ own book project resulting in the production of a dummy book/publication by each of the participants.
The workshop is divided in two parts.
During the first part (Day one & Day two) students are encouraged to share ideas and spark creative genius
discussing and thinking about concepts for each other.
The second part (Day three / Day five) is more individual in which students will work on an idea conceived in
the first part of the workshop and create a dummy. During this part Jan will guide the students and help with
ideas, problem solving and probably stitching and gluing.
The workshop is aimed at photographers with a substantial project or body of work and are planning a publication.
In addition to the images, the participants are encouraged to bring any other materials that can be potentially
incorporated into their publication, such as texts, graphic elements, etc. It is highly recommended to
bring along your B and C selections of pictures, including pictures you have doubts about or mind find less
In order to attend the workshop,
you’ll need to have a laptop with Indesign and Photoshop, as well as small prints of your project for
editing. We will provide some basic binding tools and a printer to produce the final dummies.
The course is open for international participants.
The lectures will be held in English.
The workshop will focus on understanding the process of storytelling with a personal vision – exploring
ways to incorporate your personal vision and voice into your work. We will work on the editing process,
conceptualising ideas and presentation.
Shaping ideas into a dummy for publication.
The workshop will confront and help deal with your fears, strengths, anxieties and weaknesses both as a photographer
This workshop will explore the process of generating ideas and refining concepts in the pursuit of a successful
photographic series and publication.
Through individual and group discussions and
critique of current work and interests, students will examine the strengths of their ideas and intentions, develop
skills to better conceptualise satisfying and sustaining projects and realise the potential of their ideas
Students will arrive with an ideas they'd like to work on.
The first days will be spent examining and deconstructing
those ideas, deciding which are viable, which are not.
Every morning starts with 5 minute sessions. Each participant presents new ideas in max. 5 minutes. Afterwards
there will be 5 minutes Q&A by the other participants.
Feedback is crucial for the development of
each project and therefore participants are encouraged to play an active role in discussions.
Constructive criticism, honesty and fairness towards each other are key words to get the best out of each other.
The program is subject to change, depending on the needs and development of the projects.
Expect to make long days if needed, push your boundaries and explore new ways of storytelling.
Get inspired by your peers and be a source of inspiration to others. Share your ideas and knowledge.
Experimenting is encouraged.
About Jan Rosseel
He studied photography at the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague and photojournalism at the Danish School of Media and Journalism in Århus, Denmark.
Since graduating he has been nominated for the Prix Pictet, Steenbergen Stipendium, Dutch Doc Award, Photo Academy Award, and was selected as FOAM Magazine Talent 2014.
Next to photography, Jan Rosseel also works together with other photographers creating concepts for photography books, exhibitions and ideas for new ways of visual storytelling. He has held workshops in Tokyo, Oslo and Luxemburg.
Jan Rosseel is especially known for his way of seeing the individual project, the person behind and the possibilities in visualizing the story in a book format. In a professional and sensitive was, he guides the participants through five days, giving it all, to make the most out of the time we have together.
What To Bring With You
For more information and details about the workshops, please contact us:
1366 Copenhagen K
Wed 14 - 18
Sat 12 - 14
Or by appointment
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