Masterclass: Editing, Sequencing and Design of a Photobook with Calin Kruse

March 12—16, 2020
NW Gallery Cph

For any photographer, the recording of images is the first part of their journey with a story. The process that begins after the camera has been put down is often more challenging. The photographer is required to reflect, to speak and even to write so that their work can have a full life.

In this masterclass, it is this life and afterlife that we will be concerned with: The masterclass is about the creation of photobooks on the one hand, as well as about rethinking your work in the context of a photobook on the other hand.

Calin will work closely with the participants in the production of a book from their own photo projects over the course of five days, focusing on design, editing, sequencing and the importance and choice of materials in the production of photobooks.

This masterclass culminates with each participant creating a photobook dummy.

Maximum 6 Participants.

About Calin Kruse
Calin Kruse studied Graphic-Design. He is the founder and maker of the photo magazine dienacht and of dienacht Publishing, and is a photographer himself. Calin is also a curator, holds guest talks, lectures, makes workshops (Vienna, Berlin, Lagos, Georgetown, Istanbul, Moscow, Mexico City, Rangoon,Copenhagen, Barcelona, ...) on photobook design and reviews portfolios. dienacht and dienacht Publishing have received several awards for its publications: Best German Photobook Awards, Best Books of the Year, Shortlist at the Paris Photo – Aperture Award, and a range of LeadAwards.

The Masterclass will be assisted by Yana Kruse. Yana studied Philology and has a 5-year experience as photography curator at Lumiere Brothers Center for Photography in Moscow. During this time, she curated over 15 exhibitions and edited several photobooks.

Participants background
This masterclass is designed for photographers who have a project and are in the book design and editing phase. For photographers who are midway through a project, this workshop is a great exercise in thinking about the direction of the project and to get a better overall perspective of the various possibilities of putting the work together. The masterclass is a good opportunity to rethink and test the own book editing approach before print.

Daily plan
The classes will be from 10-18 every day.

The first day is a discussion about books and materials. Calin will show a whole range of materials – paper samples, cover samples, as well as a range of photobooks with great designs and/or design elements, covers, shapes, materials and ideas. The materiality plays a big role in making a book object. Also, he will bring his own designed and published books and explain why he was producing them the way he did – what’s the idea behind. And there will also be negative examples of books – great images, but poor design ideas.

Afterwards, we will start looking through the images and talk about first ideas. The next days, the participants will work on their own project (although they are encouraged to get a bit involved in other participants’ projects, so they can learn different points of view), with Calin’s and Yana's close support.There will be one to one conversations with the participants, and a short group conversation once a day.

The workshop will culminate in creating a physical dummy, the book binding will take place on the last day. The aim of the workshop is not just the dummy, but also finding a „language“ for every single project, translated into a photo book object.

- own computer, images printed out (not high-end prints needed), copyshop print-outs that you can touch, fold, move around are preferable; as many images as possible. - InDesign and basic knowledge of using it (preferable) - the hi-res files images on your computer. - a text about the series, can be a self-written text, but also a quote, song-lyrics, etc.

For further information, please check the link below.

NW Gallery Cph
Nansensgade 10, Copenhagen, Denmark

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