The Artist’s Book is an handicraft book created and shaped by the artist himself at every stage, from design to construction: a feature that makes it unique is the need to touch it, manipulate it, perceiving it through all 5 senses to enjoy it completely and understand its meaningfulness; its essence is in uniqueness. Every technical and expressive choice therefore has a unique communicative function expressed through an endless types of materials and shapes.
The artist’s picture book therefore, it is not a mere thematic selection of images but expands the meaning and transcends the boundaries of photography itself, highlighting the idea represented by individual images in a context that makes its strength through sign, bending, layout and hand making.
The workshop will provide to participants the opportunity to observe and study several Artist’s Books and challenge with the design and craftsmanship of one of them, entirely hand made. They will be also given the opportunity to closely look at the logic that underlies and animates the idea of an Artist’s Book; how to make it starting from a simple sheet of paper; how to manage a layout with photographs, writings and small items, being accompanied by Gaetano Di Filippo and Gaetano De Crecchio throughout an amazing and imaginative journey that will lead them to the production of a unique and personal object, that originates from a personal photographic project.
A portfolio or a complete/ongoing photographic project is required; participants are requested to carry along their projects printed in 10×15 format. Book construction will be preceded from an editing session in wich they will deal with the analysis of the photo essay for books.