Photobook From Start to finish:
The long term project
with JENIA FRIDLYAND (and guest Artists/Critics)
October 2019—May 2020
Whether you just have an idea for a project that is intended for the book form or already working on one, this intensive and comprehensive program is designed to guide you through every step of making a photobook. The objective is to have, by the end of the course, a physical photobook maquette or artist book to present to publishers or to self-publish.
The program combines online seminars, critiques, and one-on-one sessions (October-December and February-April), and two full-time five day sessions in New York City (January and May). Working with one instructor throughout the program, but also receiving feedback from guest critics both online and during the sessions, participants will have both continuity and variety of support. The learning process will be based on continual production of dummies, which will lead participants to deepen their understanding of the book form and allow them to continue redefining it. Reading and writing assignments, as well as individualized exercises throughout the year will develop skills and knowledge necessary for creating a successful photobook.
This course is developed in partnership with Image Threads Collective.
For detailed information about this program please email Molly Rapp at
Jenia Fridlyand (Moscow, 1975) is a photographer and educator based in New York City and the Hudson Valley. Her photographs and books have been exhibited in the United States and abroad. The self-published edition of Fridlyand’s book Entrance to Our Valley was shortlisted for the Paris Photo - Aperture First Photobook Award 2017, and a trade edition (TIS Books) is coming in September 2019. Her current long-term project is based in Cuba. Fridlyand is a co-founder of Image Threads Collective, a non-profit organization whose mission is to bring together artists, educators, and bookmakers in communities around the world for a mutual exchange of ideas and experiences. She organized and taught workshops and long-term courses in Ukraine, Georgia, Iceland, Canada, and Cuba, and has been teaching photobook courses at Penumbra Foundation since 2018. Fridlyand studied photography at Centre Iris and Université Paris VIII, and holds an MFA from the University of Hartford’s International Limited-Residency program.
Tim Carpenter (Illinois, 1968) is a photographer and writer who works in Brooklyn and central Illinois. He is the author of several photobooks, among them Christmas Day, Bucks Pond Road (The Ice Plant); Local objects (The Ice Plant); township (collaboration with Raymond Meeks, Adrianna Ault, and Brad Zellar; TIS/dumbsaint); Bement grain (TIS/dumbsaint); Still feel gone (collaboration with Nathan Pearce; Deadbeat Club Press); Illinois Central (Kris Graves Projects); The king of the birds (TIS books); and A house and a tree (TIS books). Local objects was included in the 2018 exhibition “American Surfaces and the Photobook” at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and was listed for the Kassel Photobook Award 2018. Tim received an MFA in Photography from the Hartford Art School in 2012, and in 2015 co-founded TIS books, an independent photobook publisher.
Raymond Meeks (Ohio, 1963) has been recognized for his books and pictures centered on family and place. In November 2014, a mid-career retrospective of his books was organized by Light Work in Syracuse, NY. The exhibition featured more than twenty books, including self-published works and numerous volumes from a variety of publishers. In 2011, Meeks and publisher Kevin Messina (Silas Finch) co-founded Orchard Journal, which was established as a collaborative conversation between artist, subject and viewer. Featured artists have included Wes Mill, Deborah Luster and Mark Steinmetz. He is currently at work on a new set of Journals under the title Dumbsaint to be published by TIS Books in 2017-18. Meeks is a 2016 recipient of the Siskind Fellowship Grant.
Other names to be announced.
All Images © Jenia Fridlyand