MAKE A PHOTOBOOK:GDANSK


In October 2015 we were invited by the Faculty of Graphic Design within the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdansk, Poland to devise and host a photobook making workshop. The workshop was advertised across the college and open to students from all faculties. Participating students hailed from courses in architecture, graphic design, graphic arts, and industrial and interior design. The session kicked off with an open lecture attended by over 30 students, workshop participants and non-participants alike. During this talk we introduced the students to the concept of the photobook, its origins, and its development to this day. We swiftly moved with our workshop group to the graphic design building where we delved deeper into discussions about the photobook, sharing examples big and small, hardbound and softbound, sometimes even unbound. The students introduced themselves and their work, and soon the bookmaking process began! Taking to tables, walls, and floors, the students began the editing and sequencing process - organising their images and building the bones of their books. On day two the sequencing continued, with students moving to maquette and beginning to shape their books in InDesign - working on size, orientation, image layout, text and cover design. On the morning of day three final preparations were made for print - paper stocks decided upon, binding and cover materials selected. FILE - EXPORT. With the prints back from the printers we got straight to stacking and slicing pages, making initial stitches and preparing for the following day's binding session. On day four the final bindings were made: covers chopped, stitches stitched, spines glued, book blocks cropped. In the end we produced nine dummy photobooks in three and a half days. Check'm out below!

 

BOOKS MADE AT WORKSHOP


Anonymity of the Space

Agnieszka Woźniak

This photobook looks navigates the concept of anonymous spaces through a carefully sequenced set of images

 

  • Soft-cover, printed tracing paper
  • Singer stitched
  • 24 pages
  • 11 images

Space in Between

Alicja Malszycka

'Space in Between' explores personal and subjective ways of seeing, focussing on that which is most apparent to a single being: people, places and things which are closest to the individual.

 

  • Soft-cover, hand cut line element
  • Saddle stitch
  • 20 pages
  • 12 images

Hope

Natalia Sternicka

Natalia Sternicka aims to explore the concept of 'Hope' through landscape and the natural environment.

 

  • Soft-cover
  • Singer stitched, swiss bound
  • 22 pages
  • 11 images

Nature

Mateusz Charkiewicz

'Nature' documents abandoned spaces and visualises the relationship between nature and man-made structures.

 

  • Soft-cover
  • Singer stitched
  • 20 pages, 4 two-page inserts
  • 12 images

Find me

Daria Jablonska

'Find me' is a visual poem, a lyrical exploration of the personal views of the photographer.

 

  • Soft cover with dust jacket
  • Singer stitched
  • 26 pages
  • 12 images

Man at Work

Olga Fedirko

Juxtaposing the photographic and the graphic image, 'Man at Work' is a playful comment on man and the working environment within the city.

 

  • Soft cover with hand cut stencil
  • Coptic stiched, swiss bound
  • 32 pages
  • 16 images

Cakes & Stripes

Eugenia Tynna

'Cakes & Stripes' is a playful interpretation of the family album in which Tynna creates an amusing archive using her own family photos.  

 

  • Soft-cover
  • Saddle stitched
  • 36 pages
  • 29 images

de structure

Adela Rostek

'de structure' focusses on the chaos of the city. This is a fragmented city, in which each detail is like the pixel of an image, a tiny square amongst many which come together to make up a much bigger picture.

 

 

  • Hard cover
  • Coptic stitched, three-quarter binding
  • Hand cut window in end-paper
  • 40 pages
  • 55+ images

In / Out

Alicja Orzolek

'In / Out' takes the viewer on a journey through the street, bringing you through passages and alleyways, drawing your attention to the often overlooked elements passed by countless times throughout the day.

 

 

  • Open sided slipcase with hand cut letters
  • Concertina bound
  • 30 pages
  • 18 images