Reminders Photography Stronghold presents 2015 Handmade photobook workshop “Staples and stitches”


Handmade photobooks by 2014 workshop participants
Kindly check The list of 2014 participants’ achievements at the last part of this page

Staples and stitches a workshop on handmade photobooks with esteemed photographer Jan Rosseel and RPS curator Yumi Goto was such a success in 2014. Its 2nd edition workshop has been scheduled at Reminders Photography Stronghold in May 2015!! Now we open call for applications! We look forward to your participation!

Date: 15 / 16 / 17 / 30 / 31 May 2015 total 5 days.
Location: Reminders Photography Stronghold, Tokyo / Japan
2-38-5, Higashimukojima, Sumida-ku, Tokyo 131-0032
The workshop is limited to 10 participants.
Cost: ¥75,000 (¥70,000 for RPS membership holder)
Instructor: Jan Rosseel and Yumi Goto (RPS)

Apply to
1. Your full name
2. email address and phone number
3. URL to review your work (do not send a link to share the files but to browse your work)
4. About your book project idea. Summarize the details of the contents, photos, texts and other possible materials within 1 page of A4 with 
5. If you have some photos and visual materials for the book project already, kindly send low-res JPEGs up to 10 in 72 dpi with 1200 pixels in longer side below 500K each.
Kindly send all JPEGs in a folder and zipped.
We will be confirming your participation after we close the deadline as of February 20th.

What to prepare:

Participants shall prepare a personal story. This story can be your own personal story but it might also be a story of someone else, visualized by you or an fictional story.
The aim is to create a compelling story in a condensed way. Photography, (found) objects, documents, letters can all be used. If you plan on using text, please prepare it in advance.

Bring a selection of the pictures you would like to use printed. These will be used for the first lay out of the dummy. Bring between 15–45 printed pictures.
Prepare a portfolio as well as an inspiration folder. Bring a book that inspires you.


During the workshop we will be working on the creation of a concept, editing and different book making techniques that can be done by hand.

The first day (evening) there will be a presentation about the possibilities of hand made photobooks. We will talk about material, concept, and technique. Participants will also introduce their work briefly.

The second day we will be working on editing the stories in small groups and start with the lay out of the books. We will produce a first dummy with the printed pictures.

The third, forth and final day we will finalize the lay out and work on the production of the books. Every participant will produce at least a dummy to take home. Participants who manage to make a few copies will get the opportunity to exchange or sell the books through Reminders Photography Stronghold.
The final results will be showcased at the Reminders Photography Stronghold.


Participants should bring their own laptop, preferably with Indesign installed. Basic Indesign skills are not required but recommended.

About Jan Rosseel.

Born in Brussels, Belgium (1979). Currently based in The Netherlands/Belgium.

Jan Rosseel initially started a career in cooking. After working in various renowned restaurants in France, Spain and NY. He decided to study Chinese language and culture at Leiden University, The Netherlands.
During an exchange program at Shandong University, China, he chose not to study in class but on the streets. He picked up his camera, spent a month’s salary on film and started documenting the life of Chinese migrant workers.
He studied photojournalism at the Danish School of Media and Journalism in Aarhus, Denmark and documentary photography at the Royal academy of arts in The Hague, The Netherlands. Mainly focusing on social issues, either big or small, he is constantly looking for the most suitable way to visually tell the story. He has been working on stories in China, Laos, Cuba, Israel, Palestine, Armenia, Georgie, Belgium and The Netherlands.

He is currently working on stories regarding historical events and the notion of memory.

This is Jan Rosseel’s Belgian Autumn.
His exhibition and a book launch is scheduled in June after the workshop at Reminders Photography Stronghold gallery.

Belgian Autumn. A Confabulated History.

In the early 1980s a group of unknown criminals committed a series of extremely violent crimes, amongst these were several raids on supermarkets. Twenty-eight people were murdered. My father was one of them. Based on objective information from police reports, files and newspaper clippings as well as eyewitness accounts the story is a visual research, leaving more questions than answers. To this day the case is still unsolved and remains one of the greatest enigmas in Belgian history.


The list of 2014 participants achievements

Miki Hasegawa

◎Shortlisted Unseen Photo Fair Dummy Award
◎INFOCUS Juried Exhibtion of Self-Published 2014 – Finalist
◎Photobook 2014. 20 photobooks, photographs by 4 best of show. Juried by Paula Tognarelli of Griffin Museum of Photography and Karen Davis
◎’s Top ten books in 2014(deel2)
◎photo-eye,Best Books 2014: Takeki Sugiyama

Yoshikatsu Fujii

◎TIME Picks the Best Photobooks of 2014: Selected by Larissa Leclair, Founder of the Indie Photobook Library
◎LensCulture Editor’s – 2014 Photobooks of the Year
◎EMAHO Picks the Most Interesting Photobooks 2014: Selected by Hisako Motoo, Independent Curator and Editor
◎Colin Pantall’s blog: Best Books, Blogs and Hats of 2014
◎The Ultimate List of 2014 Best Photobooks on Fotografia Magazine
◎Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation Photobook Awards 2014 – First Photobook Prize – Finalist
◎Filter Photo Festival 2014 Photobook Exhibition – Juror’s choice award: Juried by Gregory Harris, Assistant Curator of the DePaul Art Museum
◎Encontros da Imagem 2014 – Photobook Market – Winner
◎INFOCUS Juried Exhibtion of Self-Published 2014 – Finalist
◎Mt.ROKKO ZINE & PHOTO BOOK COLLECTION 2014: Selected by Ihiro Hayami, Director of the Tokyo Institute of Photography
◎International Photography Awards 2014 – Honorable mention
◎Emaho Magazine
◎Darwin Magazine: Photobook Month
◎PHaT PHOTO Vol.83


◎International Photography Awards 2014 – Book(Self-published) : Documentary NON-PROFESSIONAL 3RD PLACE
◎FILTER PHOTO FESTIVA 2014 Honorable mention
◎Mt.ROKKO ZINE & PHOTO BOOK COLLECTION 2014: Selected by Ihiro Hayami, Director of the Tokyo Institute of PhotographyURL:
◎PHaT PHOTO Vol.83


◎ Rock Your Dummy 2014 finalist

Maki Hayashida

◎Encontros da Imagem 2014 – Winner
◎International Photography Awards 2014 Book(Self-published) – Honorable Mention
◎Beyond Words: Contemporary Book Art at Foothills Art Center
◎Darwin Magazine: Photobook Month
◎PHaT PHOTO Vol.83

Eriko Yoshida

◎Brighton Photo Biennial 2014…/
◎Photobook archive

Kazuma Obara

◎TIME picks the Best Photobook 2014 selected by Yumi Goto Of Reminders Project & Reminders Photography Stronghold- Tokyo…/best…/photo/silent_histories01/

◎Claxton Project -The fourteen photobook highlight of 2014…/…
◎Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation Photobook Awards 2014 – First Photobook Prize – Finalist…/selection-premier-livre…
◎LensCulture Editor’s – 2014 Photobooks of the Year…/lensculture-editors-2014…
◎Telegraph:My favourite photo books of 2014 by Cheryl Newman…/My-favourite-photo-books…
◎Photo eye -Best books of 2014 by Colin pantall…/best-books-2014-colin…
◎Photo eye -Best Books 2014 by Manik Katyal…/best-books-2014-manik-katyal…
◎EMAHO MAGAZINE Photobook Review by Colin Pantall…/colin-pantall-on-kazuma…/
◎Mt.ROKKO ZINE & PHOTO BOOK COLLECTION 2014: Selected by Ihiro Hayami, Director of the Tokyo Institute of Photography