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Bologna, Italy • January 22-28, 2017
INTENSIVE Photo book making Workshop with Teun van der Heijden and Sandra van der Doelen
We are pleased to present a 5 day INTENSIVE photography book workshop with acclaimed photo book designers Teun van der Heijden and Sandra van der Doelen from graphic design agency Heijdens Karwei in Bologna from 22 to 28 January 2017.
Subjects of this workshop will be the editing and compiling process, concept development, design issues like choice of size, paper, grid and typography, and the guidance of the printing process.
Teun van der Heijden and Sandra van der Doelen have thought workshops all over the world.
In the regular workshop concept Teun and Sandra mostly accept a group of twelve students.
The INTENSIVE workshop concept was developed, together with TPW, in the summer of 2015.
Within this concept Teun and Sandra will accept no more then six applicants, this to create the opportunity for a very intense and direct collaboration between the tutors and the students.
Apart from that TPW will provide one or two professional local assistants for the tutors.
Which leads to an almost one on one situation of tutors/assistants and students.
“Although we live in a digital age there is more attention for the paper photo book then ever before.  The virtual world is visual and fast. It has many advantages, in our virtual realm we are easily connected to the rest of the world and knowledge is accessible with only one click. “We may not know where we are going anymore, but we’re going to get there a whole lot faster,” says Douglas Rushkoff in his book ‘Present Shock’. We all become overwhelmed until we learn to distinguish between data flows that can only be dipped into, and data storage that can be fully consumed. We need stories that can be fully consumed, stories that we can contemplate to. We use the visual language more and more. Within this visual language the photo book represents contemplation, solidity, something we can literary hold on to. A tangible object that has the aura of the original. The contemporary photo book can be seen as a visual novel. It is with this in mind that graphic design agency Heijdens Karwei designs their photography books.”
Teun van der Heijden
“Teun  and Sandra  bookmaking workshop is an incredible experience.   Teun is a truly gifted designer who collaborates well with all types of photographers.   His ability to quickly edit a body of work to tell a powerful visual story is extraordinary.   Teun not only has endless energy, but fabulous ideas for making a book unique.    Sandra and Teun are a seasoned, highly accomplished team.   Sandra brings the vision for a book alive by helping each student create a beautifully produced physical comp.      I still can’t believe all that I accomplished in one week in beautiful San Quirico.” Fran Gormley (student at the workshop)
During the workshop, Teun and Sandra will share their experience in conceptual work with photography books and photography book production, combining the points of view of photographer and graphic designer. Together with the participants, they will go through the main stages of book production, from the concept to completion. Challenging the students to think outside their framework and create a unique object that complements the photographers’ vision. The workshop consists of lectures, practical classes and work on the students’ own book projects resulting in the production of a dummy book/publication by each of the participants. The workshop is divided in two parts. During the first part (Day one & Day two) students are encouraged to share ideas and spark creative genius discussing and thinking about concepts for each other. The second part (Day three / Day five) is more individual in which students will work on an idea conceived in the first part of the workshop and create a dummy. During this part Teun and Sandra will guide the students and help with ideas, problem solving and probably stitching and gluing.
In addition to the images, the participants are encouraged to bring any other materials that can be potentially incorporated into their publication, such as texts, graphic elements, etc. It is highly recommended to bring along your B and C selections of pictures, including pictures you have doubts about or mind find less interesting.
• Introduction in the world of the photo book: Why is the photo book so popular today? • How does contemporary publishing relates to ‘old’ publishing • Working with official (photo) book publishers compared to self publishing • Hand made books compared to industrial produced books • Looking at the student’s portfolios and discussing them • Concept development
• Concept development • The tutors will push the students to come up with book ideas for each presented portfolio • Students are encouraged to share ideas and spark creative genius discussing and thinking about concepts for each other. The idea is to share thoughts and visions and to discover new paths in your individual portfolio. Ideally each student will have a few ideas to reflect on and to make a concept into a photo book dummy in the second stage of the workshop
• Actively developing and making of the book dummies • This is the ‘hands-on’ part of the workshop, even though thinking is still encouraged. • Time to experiment with a variety of ideas and shape it into a tactile object. • Students will work individually on their projects but teamwork and sharing knowledge is always welcomed. • Teun and Sandra will guide this process helping the students with: Editing and sequencing • Size and paper choices • Design and lay-out choices • Typography • Binding • Evaluating the dummies • Talking about the audiences for which the books are made, promotion, selling and distribution • Making video’s and photographs of the object.
At the end of the workshop we expect every student to go home with a dummy and more importantly new friends and fresh ideas.
This workshop is limited to 6 participants.
In this way, Teun and Sandra will have plenty of time to dedicate to each one.
Cost s € 1830 + material expenses (plan €100/120) depending on how much we will use.
Teun van der Heijden
Sandra van der Doelen
Teun van der Heijden and Sandra van der Doelen are graphic designer and owner of Heijdens Karwei, a graphic design agency based in Amsterdam known for the design of award winning photography books as Black Passport and Western Front – Stanley Greene, Diamond Matters and Via PanAm – Kadir van Lohuizen, Rape of a Nation – Marcus Bleasdale, Latitude Zero – Monique Stauder, Interrogations – Donald Weber, What We Wear – Pieter van den Boogert, War Porn – Christoph Bangert, Gold Coast – Ying Ang, Belgian Autumn – Jan Rosseel, Inshallah – Dima Gavrysh  and recently When I was Six – Phillip Toledano. Since more then ten years Heijdens Karwei designs the World Press Photo yearbooks and exhibitions. Teun and Sandra teach photo book workshops all over the world.
Next to running Heijdens Karwei Teun is guest professor Visual Design and Hybrid media at the LUCA School of Arts in Genk, Belgium and Sandra is art-director of Wordt Vervolgd, the monthly magazine of Amnesty International in the Netherlands.