Friday, January 9, 2009

Santa Fe Workshops

Publishing the Photographic Book
Sam Abell
Leah Bendavid-Val
March 22 - March 28, 2009

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call (505) 983-1400, ext. 11.

This workshop is for photographers seriously interested in publishing a book of their photographs. We address every aspect of book publishing, from editing and writing, to layout and design, to manufacturing and marketing. By focusing on the unique aspects of your work, together we arrive at decisions leading toward an appropriate book format. Using materials you bring to the workshop, including photographs and text (manuscripts, journals, notes, ephemera, etc.), daily sessions are devoted to refining and structuring your body of work.

The week begins with two days of presentation and discussion of each photographer’s project. Participants then turn their attention to working one on one with Sam and Leah on their individual bodies of work. Emphasis is given to intensive editing, sequencing, book structure, and narrative flow. The goal of the workshop is to prepare each photographer to go forward toward publication.
Our week also includes critical examination of a wide range of classic books and methods of storytelling. Also included are visits by guest speakers and field trips to visit local publishers, photographers, and booksellers.


Sam Abell is a gifted and insightful teacher, an expressive artist, and a sensitive photographer. He began working as a contract photographer for National Geographic in 1969. His recent book, Sam Abell: The Photographic Life (Rizzoli, 2002) features photographs from his career as a color photographer as well as previously unpublished photographs from his personal black-and-white diary. His next book, The Life of A Photograph, is to be published in fall 2008. Sam is currently writing and photographing a project on the headwaters of the Amazon, which will be exhibited at the Festival of the Photograph in Charlottesville, Virginia, in June 2009. This is Sam’s 20th year teaching at The Workshops.

Leah Bendavid-Val is a writer and curator of photography, and Editorial Director of National Geographic Photography Books. She has organized photography exhibitions for the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, and the Pushkin Museum of Fine Art, Moscow. Leah is the author of four books on photography, including Propaganda and Dreams and Stories on Paper and Glass. She has collaborated with Sam Abell on five books. This is Leah's ninth year teaching at The Workshops.

Who Should Attend
This workshop is for individuals in all fields of photography who have a well-developed body of work and a clear intent to create a book. A sample of 40 photographs and a written project description are required for admission.

Accommodations Available:

On-campus housing available.
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Meal plan required
Breakfast available

Tuition & Fees
Tuition: $1,495.00