The desire to make books with photographic content is as old as photography itself. The accessibility of digital printing, from the inkjet in your studio to the Indigo of online publishers, is fulfilling this desire for contemporary photographers. But how to make a unique product tailored to the physical and conceptual needs of your images?
This workshop employs the basic tools and techniques of hand bookbinding to answer that question. We will make a series of unique book structures that accommodate single sheets, folded folios and gathered sections, while exploring the materials of traditional book making. Strategies for repurposing pre-bound print-on-demand projects will be introduced. We will also construct a two-tray drop-spine Solander style box which can be used for storing prints, protecting a fine binding or packaging samples made in the workshop.
The class will focus primarily on physical considerations of the book, but participants are welcome to bring work in progress or ideas for books. Some time will be devoted to discussing how binding structures and layout strategies literally as well as figuratively support image display.
Visual Studies Workshop Summer Institute, Rochester, NY