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Photobook Workshop

Photography Studies College is delighted to announce a five-day photography book workshop with the acclaimed Dutch photobook designers Teun van der Heijden and Sandra van der Doelen.

Teun van der Heijden and Sandra van der Doelen are graphic designers and owners of Heijdens Karwei (, a graphic design agency based in Amsterdam known for the design of award winning photography books such 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. For more than ten years Heijdens Karwei have designed the World Press Photo year books and exhibitions.

Teun and Sandra teach photobook workshops all over the world, most notably at the ISSP Summer School in Latvia, ICP (International Centre for Photography) in New York, and RPS (Reminders Photography Stronghold) in Tokyo. Books made in these workshops have gone on to win awards all over the world – for example, ‘Hiroshima Graph’ and ‘Rabbits Abandon their Children’ – Yoshikatsu Fujii, ‘Exposure 30’ – Kazuma Obara, and ‘Becoming Simone’ – Alessia Bernadini, amongst many others.

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“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


The main goal of the workshop is to learn all the practical aspects of book making and how to problem solve the medium shift between singular images to the book as an object in the current environment of photography. The focus 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. The workshop is designed for photographers who are interested in working on a concept, edit and sequence for a book.

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.


The workshop is aimed at photographers with a substantial project or body of work and are planning a publication. 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. A laptop with Indesign and Photoshop is a must, as well as small prints (roughly 10 x 15 cm or 4 x 6 inch) of all your work for editing on the first days.

DATES: Monday 3rd – Friday 7th December. 10am-6pm. Please note times may be changed or extended.

VENUE: Photography Studies College, 65 City Rd, Southbank, Melbourne, 3006.

FEE: AUS $1300 total 

Deposit of AUS $650 due 31st October 

Balance of AUS $650 due 30th November

APPLICATION: Please include the following in an email (subject heading PSC PHOTOBOOK WORKSHOP).

  1. Your full name
  2. Email address and phone number
  3. URL link to view your work
  4. 50-100 word bio
  5. One page CV
  6. A 100-250 word text that explains about the content and the story of your book project. Inc. ideas about the intended photobook itself.
  7. Images: Around 20-30 photos and/or materials for your photobook project – (submit the images you will most likely include in the book).

*Each image file should be 72dpi, up to 1200 pix on the longest side. These images files should each be sized 200KB or smaller. If you already know the sequencing, number the images as 001.jpg. Create a ZIP folder (compress) of the files and attach to email.

Please indicate if you have made a photobook previously, or have attended a photobook workshop. If you have produced a photobook, please describe the book and link to a web page where the images of page spreads can be viewed or if images of the book are sized as instructed as above, you may attach them in the email as an additional ZIP Folder.

Dropbox or Google drive may be also used instead of attaching to email. Image size requirements remain the same as above.

Send applications to:

Daniel Boetker-Smith - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Applications will be assessed and notifications of acceptance into the workshop will be made ASAP in each case.

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