Artists’ Books Cooperative | Bookmaking Workshop

Albums: Re-appropriation of photography and book binding with Artist Books Collective

Date / times: 10 September, 10:00 – 18:00
Venue: Photofusion
Price: £150 (£140 Photofusion members)


Over a day-long workshop, the Artist Books Cooperative (ABC) will introduce participants to book-making techniques. Through re-appropriating family photographs from the Internet, the collective will invite you to experiment with found imagery to create a photobook. They will teach you about all the aspects of the artist book from the conceptual side of the subject matter to the physical nature of the book as an object.

Using only a black and white printer to produce low-res images on everyday materials we will go on to editing and sequencing the images, taking into consideration the centerfold, to produce the book. You will learn basic book binding techniques in order to produce a publication. Information sheets will be supplied for you to produce your own publications in the future.

Through the use of found imagery the workshop will reflect upon appropriation of images, family identity, and contemporary representations in the era of smart phone cameras and social media. By using the Internet as the source for the images and re-purposing them, the workshop questions what it is to be a photographer today.

ABC [Artists’ Books Cooperative] is an international group of artists seeking to create, engage, and communicate on issues concerning self-publishing. Founded in 2009, the cooperative has been at the heart of a number of shows heralding a new age of photography and of artists’ self-publishing projects.


Credits: Louis Porter/publication.
Blackout – Louis Porter
Twenty Shelves
404 pages black and white digital offset
Perfect bound with hand finished pigment print cover
21cm x 28cm
Open Edition