Laura Blacklow, author of New Dimensions in Photo Processes (Focal Press, 4th edition) will be teaching "The Art of Handmade Photographic Books" July 15-20 at Photographers Formulary in Condon, Montana (located in a famously gorgeous landscape).
Do you have a group of favorite 'non-silver" prints, made on tactile rag paper? We will organize your pictures and create an appropriate book structure that displays them as an enticing, coherent group, which invites the viewer to touch pages and to contemplate the relationship of your images, rather than solely look at them in a frame. Think about a name for your pictures, and we will also create a title page. In addition, we will personalize the cover by either making a cyanotype or transferring one of your photographs onto cloth. Demonstrations of different book structures, such as Concertina and Japanese side sewn, as well as making traditional hard and soft covers, and hands-on guided studio time will be supplemented with slide talks. All techniques presented during this weeklong intensive can be continued in your own studio without unusual or expensive equipment.Students should bring many pre-made pictures from which we edit to a strong group, contact size negatives or digital files, paper, binders thread and needle, extra paper, etc.