September 5th – October 10th, 2018 (6:00PM – 9:00 PM)
5 sessions: Wednesdays (no class 9/19)
Instructors: Jenia Fridlyand & Raymond Meeks
Tuition: $480 (Members), $552 (Non-Members)

This class is offered to those interested in exploring the narrative and poetic potential of photographic images in book form. The objective of the course is not to give exhaustive expression to a completed body of work, but rather to work in short form “chapters” with in-depth consideration given to all aspects of book making in the process of creating a concise, self-consistent object. We will also examine possible strategies for future photobook projects and production.

Participants will begin by establishing a cohesive archive of their own photographs or vernacular/found imagery and engaging in editing and sequencing exercises.  Instructors will present meaningful examples of books that might offer insight and guidance into each participant's working process. Aided by in-class demonstrations and discussion, we will develop a concept for a maquette.  By the end of the five week course, each participant is expected to create a unique short-form photobook.

This class is developed in collaboration with Image Threads Collective.

It is limited to 10 participants. SOLD OUT
Registration on rolling basis until the class is full.

Please apply below by submitting a pdf of 30-40 images.



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 scheduled to come out later this year. 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. Image Threads’ efforts include organizing workshops and teaching workshops, collecting donations for libraries, setting up reading rooms, and promoting emerging photobook makers. Fridlyand studied photography at Centre Iris and Université Paris VIII, and holds an MFA from the University of Hartford’s International Limited-Residency program.

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. Ray’s most recent collaboration, (Township, TIS Books) with Tim Carpenter, Adrianna Ault and Brad Zellar was published in late 2017 as part of a series of Journals under the imprint titled Dumbsaint. He is also in final production of a monograph titled halfstory halflife to be published by Chose Commune in September, 2018. Meeks is a 2016 recipient of the Siskind Fellowship Grant.


Any changes to the program will be announced online.

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