From the photographic essay to the artist’s photo book [Intensive]

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.

Workshop program

day 1: Saturday

9.30 – 10.30 a.m.: arrival, registration and accommodation;

10.30 – 11 a.m.: workshop introduction;

11 a.m. – 1.30 p.m.: portfolios’ lecture;

3 – 5.30 p.m.: editing and storytelling session;


5.30 – 8 p.m.: introduction to Artist’s Books and Notebooks; book design;

8.30 p.m.: welcome dinner.

Day 2: Sunday

9 a.m. – 1.30 p.m.: book shaping: the layout; book building and assembling – session 1;

3 – 6.30 p.m.: book building and assembling – session 2; final discussion and conclusions.

The program is to be considered indicative and subject to change if necessary to facilitate or better organize the work of the attendees.

Tuition: euro 220,00

Maximum no. of participants: 6

Tuition includes: use of equipment and tools, materials for books, welcome dinner and overnight accommodation (one night). It is possible to arrange arrival and accommodation from the night before the beginning of workshop, at extra price of 20.00 euro.

Tuition does not include: other materials and anything else not expressly mentioned.

Accommodation: Tuition includes overnight staying in Sali d’Argento guest house apartments, with double/twin/triple room accommodation. It is anyway possible to manage any specific demand (use as single room) or in other local hotels, guest houses and b&b, according to availability.

Membership: Sali d’Argento membership is mandatory (30,00 euro); membership allows taking part to activities and expires on dec 31 of each year.