This module is designed to introduce you to a set of photographic cultures identified as self-publishing, amongst which the photobook occupies a central stage.
The photobook has been developing since the conception of photography, and has been strongly associated with the artist’s book. As printing technologies develop towards a networked model, photobook artists adapt their practices to make use of the advantages offered by print on demand (pod) and electronic publishing models.
We will study this relationship of the photobook to printing and publishing technologies, through seminars, workshops and artists’ presentations.
The module aims to provide a critical overview of photo publishing cultures, that spans the photobook genre (historical photobooks, contemporary formats, including print on demand and eBooks) while additionally allowing you to practice specific photo publishing skills (e.g., structuring of the visual book, book binding, and InDesign for printing and epublishing), as well as writing and theorising the field from a critical perspective.