RPS photobook making workshop “Photobook as object 2021” call for applications! Deadline January 31, 2021.
We are now accepting applications for the 2021 Photobook as object workshop.
We look forward to seeing you at the workshop.
The first workshop was held in 2014 and was a great success, as the books created by the participants became the talk of the world’s photobook scene.
The workshop has been held every May since then, with an overseas trip to ISSP, Latvia in 2018, and again in Tokyo in 2019.
It was scheduled to be held in Tokyo again in 2020, but due to the spread of the new coronavirus infection, it was postponed and a new date was set for 2021.
The postponed workshop for 2020 will be held in the first half of May, and the 2021 edition will be held in the second half of May as well with the aim of achieving a high level of perfection in bookmaking.
Participants for the 2020 has been selected already. This open call is for the 2021 workshop.
The workshop will focus on understanding the process of storytelling with a personal vision – exploring ways to incorporate your personal experience and voice into your work. We will work on the editing process, conceptualizing ideas and presentation, and the physical process of creating a photobook or publication.
We will explore the process of generating ideas and refining concepts in the pursuit of presenting a successful photographic series in printed form. Through individual and group discussions and critique, the students will examine the strengths of their ideas and intentions, develop skills to better conceptualize coherent projects as well as to materialize the potential of their ideas as a publication.
The students will arrive with one (or more ideas) they’d like to work on. The first days will be spent examining and deconstructing those ideas, editing, deciding which ideas are viable and which are not. The second part of the workshop will focus on layout, material and the final presentation in the form of a book or a publication.
Constructive criticism, honesty, and fairness towards each other will be the keys to a successful group process. The participants should expect to spend long hours, push their boundaries and explore new ways of storytelling, to share their ideas and knowledge and be inspired by their peers. Experimentation and openness are encouraged.
The outcome of the workshop will be a photobookdummy as well as new reflective tools and ideas to continue working on current and future projects.
Dates: May 21 Fri / 22 Sat / 23 Sun / 28 Fri / 29 Sat / 30 Sun 2021 total 6 days.
**From the 24th to 27th there will be days for informal self-reflection, group discussions and further development**
Time schedule: All days from 11 to 7pm (There may be cases in which the schedule/time is changed without advanced notice)
**PLEASE MAKE SURE YOUR FULL PARTICIPATION FOR ALL THE DATES AND TIMES BEFORE APPLYING.
***Due to COVID-19, there is a possibility that the event will be postponed for safety reasons. Basically, the event will not be cancelled, but will be postponed. In such a case, we will assess the situation and change the date of the event. In the case of the impact of the spread of the new Corona virus, those who have already confirmed their participation will be able to cancel if necessary.
Location: Reminders Photography Stronghold, Tokyo / Japan
2-38-5, Higashimukojima, Sumida-ku, Tokyo 131-0032
or RPS Kyoto Paperoles in Kyoto
The workshop is limited to 10 participants.
Application deadline: 31st January (23:59 Japan time)
Fee: ¥75,000 (plus 10% tax ¥82,500) (¥70,000 plus 10% tax = ¥77,000 for RPS membership holder)
Instructor: Jan Rosseel and Yumi Goto (RPS)
**PLEASE ENSURE YOUR SUFFICIENT FUNDS FOR MAKING A FULL FEE PAYMENT AS SOON AS YOU ARE ACCEPTED BEFORE APPLYING. WE COULD ONLY CONFIRM YOUR PARTICIPATION AFTER THE PAYMENT.
The application should send to email@example.com with all required below mentioned.
1. Your full name.
2. Email address and phone number with the country code.
3. URL to review your work for the workshop / the potential book project.
4. You can send the number of photos and visual materials as necessary to allow us to understand your book project.
All must be in low-res JPEG files in 72 dpi with 1200 pixels in the longer side below 500K each or lesser in a folder and zipped (i.e. via WeTranfer, Dropbox, Google Drive). Please do not send single JPEGs via email.
5. Book Project Idea: Summarize the details of the contents, photos, texts and other possible materials within 1 A4 page.
After the application deadline, we will review the application materials and contact you by e-mail to confirm your participation.
Please understand in advance that we will not respond to any inquiries regarding the results.
If you do not receive a confirmation email within 24 hours of completing your application, your application may not have been accepted properly. If this is the case, please send us a new email. If you still haven’t received a reply, please contact us via message on our Facebook page as a last resort.
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Please also note that if you do not pay the registration fee within a week of the confirmation, your registration will be cancelled.
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 a fictional story.
The aim is to create a compelling story in a condensed way. Photography, (found/archival) objects, documents, letters can all be used. If you are using text, please have them translated in advance (English and your language).
Bring a selection of the pictures you would like to use printed (approximately A6 size). These may be used for the first layout of the dummy. Bring as many as you would like to potentially include for your book (Please be sure to bring JPEGs of all potential photographs and other materials (i.e. found/archival objects, documents, letters, etc.).
Prepare a selection portfolio images (i.e. images that you would like to include) as well as an inspiration folder. Also, bring a book that inspires you.
There will be more to prepare. Accepted applicants will be directly notified.
During the workshop, we will be working on the creation of a concept, editing and different bookmaking techniques that can be done by hand.
The first day (evening) there will be a presentation about the possibilities of 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 layout of the books. We will produce the first dummy with the printed pictures.
The third, fourth and final day we will finalize the layout 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 with Adobe InDesign installed. Basic photographic application skills are preferred. Photoshop, Lightroom, InDesign, Illustrator etc. You should also bring basic tools such as needle and thread and a selection of the images you would like to use.
See also Facebook album.
About Jan Rosseel.
Born in Brussels, Belgium (1979).
Jan Rosseel studied documentary photography at the Royal academy of arts in The Hague, The Netherlands and photojournalism at the Danish School of Media and Journalism in Aarhus, Denmark. He
was the first artist to be awarded a research fellowship at the
Netherlands Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities and
His work is best described as visual storytelling, between narration and documentation. He works as a collector of memories using photography, video and objects. The starting point of his research-based projects are historical events and the notion of memory. Stories that do not only reconstruct historical events but stories that also ask questions about the reliability of our memory and our brain. He works as an investigator using methods of scientific research and journalism to build a narrative where fact and fiction coexist.
He is a lecturer at the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague and a guest lecturer at the Master of Photography AKV St. Joost in Breda and the MA Photography at Luca School of Arts, Brussels, Belgium.
In 2014, in collaboration with Yumi Goto and the Reminders Photography Stronghold they started the Photobook As Object workshops in Tokyo.
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 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.
Some of remarkable photobooks which developped by previous “photobook As Object workshop”
Photobook as object 2019
INTERNATIONAL SUMMER SCHOOL OF PHOTOGRAPHY 2018
Photobook as object 2017