Self Publish, Be Happy Workshop

Saturday 23 March 2013 to Sunday 24 March 2013

Self Publish, Be Happy Workshop

A two day intensive workshop conceived for people interested in publishing their own photography book run by Self Publish, Be Happy founder Bruno Ceschel. In this weekend workshop participants will be given the necessary tools and insight to create a photographic book. Saturday will be devoted to studying different contemporary publishing ‘models’ using examples from the Self Publish, Be Happy Library.

From the zine to the traditional perfect-bound photobook, the art of book-making will be the focus of the day. Editing, sequencing and design will be discussed both theoretically and practically, as well as distribution and marketing options for finished titles.  

On Sunday, participants will work towards making their photographic project into a publication using either In-Design or one of the On-Demand free software packages. The workshop will end with the presentation of the newly designed photobooks.  

Bruno Ceschel is a writer, curator and lecturer in Photography at the University of the Arts London. He is the founder of Self Publish, Be Happy (SPBH), an organisation that collects, promotes and studies contemporary self-published photobooks. SPBH collection contains more than 1,000 publications and with an extensive series of workshops, talks and projects the organization has become a platform for a worldwide community of contemporary photographers.    

Ceschel has organised events at a number of institutions in London (The Photographer’s Gallery, ICA, Whitechapel Gallery) and abroad (C/O Berlin, Printed Matter in NYC, MiCamera in Milan) and most recently published books by photographers Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin, and collector Brad Feuerhelm for the series SPBH Book Club.  

Previously Ceschel worked on the 2008 edition of the Brighton Photo Biennial, as book editor at Chris Boot Ltd, and was associate and creative editor at Colors magazine. Ceschel regularly writes for FOAM, the British Journal of Photography, Aperture Photobook Review and HotShoe.