Zero to a Handmade Book
About the Course
Enter with a collection of your favorite photographs or project and leave with a handmade book. This class will introduce students to the world of handmade photobooks. Using the knowledge gained from Sebastian Hesse's class, Sequence is Key, on selecting and sequencing photographs, this class will have students design their handmade book, print the photographs into folios, prepare and bind the signatures, and design a cover. At the end of the class, students will take home their own photobook and have the basic skills to make additional books at home.
I began serious work as a fine art photographer in 2014. Among my earliest inspirations were the works of Ansel Adams and Edward and Brett Weston for their mastery of composition and the subtleties of grayscale and Margaret Bourke-White for the boldness and beauty with which she portrayed the natural and man-made world. It was these masters who guided my choice of the black and white medium and the fine art print as its ultimate expression.
Today, I remain captivated by the ability of a good black and white print to isolate the essence of light and shadow, of shape and texture, while evoking a deeper range of emotions. Within an image, I look for a sweep of curves and lines, shadows, textures and a perspective that prompts a lingering connection with each viewing.
Most of my work uses Olympus and Nikon digital cameras, Lightroom, Photoshop, and Nik software for most post-processing, and an Epson 3880 printer and Canson, Moab, and Red River archival papers for printing.