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Photography and the Artists’ Book (Summer School)

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Artists book made on Summer 2016 course

Monday to Friday 10 am - 4 pm, one week

This course combines two interconnected disciplines of image and artefact creation: digital photography and the self-published artists’ book. It is open to photographers, artists and designers of all levels and backgrounds.

Participants should be interested in image sequencing, layout and working with type, and are encouraged to investigate their photographs as components which work together to form their own place within the leaves of publications.

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Course Dates

24th July 2017 – 28th July 2017

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Course Description

"Firstly it should contain great work. Secondly, it should make that work function as a concise world within the book itself. Thirdly, it should have a design that complements what is being dealt with. And finally, it should deal with content that sustains an ongoing interest." John Gossage, On Photobooks.

On this practical course you will begin by refreshing your knowledge of digital photography and improving your awareness of contemporary image making at a local, national and international level.

You will then apply this knowledge to exploring craft-based presentation skills, namely the artists’ book.

On this course you will:

  • learn how to make a selection of handmade books
  • research how the photobook has been used as an autonomous art form and use the research to develop a photography project specifically for a book
  • learn the basic techniques of Adobe InDesign to produce effective layouts
  • print your work using digital printing methods and learn about the print process
  • choose the appropriate binding method for your publication
  • hear how artists are using these techniques today
  • learn how different methods can be adopted for different audiences
  • choose the appropriate method to complete an innovative piece of artwork.

What will you gain?

By the end of the course you will have a contemporary hand-crafted book and the skills to continue making books in the future.

This course is ideal if you wish to develop image making for your photography, graphic design or fine art portfolio. It is also a great creative experience if you wish to develop this skill for personal interest.

Tutor profiles: Ben Kay and Craig Proud are photographers, designers and image makers who specialise in print and book arts. They have their own studio in Nottingham's Cobden Chambers called Dizzy Ink. See examples from previous courses and events on their website.

"Great tutors. Great teaching. Great projects. (Villy, Summer 2016)

"I love this course. We had two handsome professors teaching us." (Cecilia, Summer 2016)


Not from Nottingham? Find out more about summer accommodation on our doorstep.

Any questions?

Email: creativeshortcourses@ntu.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2813

Looking for credit?

This course is for enthusiasts, professionals, graduates and students. If you're an international student the course is part of the NTU Global Summer School and can offer 5 NTU credits (2.5 ECTS). If you wish to gain this credit and transcript please complete the application form on the global summer school webpage: www.ntu.ac.uk/globalsummer. Applying for credit is not compulsory.