Photo Book 101

With Alex Bocchetto and Valentina Abenavoli | AKINA Books

The way of the photo book, how to build it, why, and how

Every photo book is a self-contained universe with its own set of rules. A series of photographs can be a starting point for the process of creating a book – editing, sequencing, design and choice of materials are all opportunities to add new layers of meaning to a body of work. During the genesis of a photo book, ambiguities and clashes, unexpected juxtapositions and riddles will emerge, revealing the pleasures and pains of visual language. Every single picture will gain a different meaning when placed in a broader perspective of the book as a whole.

The aim of this Photo Book 101 workshop is to build a dummy, covering all the steps of the process through knowledge, creativity and chance. Editing, sequencing, design, binding and printing techniques as well as marketing and funding tips will be disclosed through a hands-on approach and case studies. Techniques of non-linear narrative, visual language and production will be explored as a way to conceive the potential of a photographic project and re-imagine it in a new light.  We believe in the photo book as an object to crease, love and collect – a total that is more than the sum of its parts.

When: 27 Feb – 4 March 2017
Where: Kathmandu, Nepal
How much: Rs. 15,000 for South Asians and $300 for rest of the world
Application deadline: 10 Feb 2017


– Participants should have a photographic project at an advanced stage, which they want to turn into a publication.
– Participants will need to bring a pre-selection of pictures (50-100 small prints) from the project to start editing and high-res files which will be used for the printing.
– A laptop with a layout program, such as Indesign, and the basic skills to use it are a plus.
– Any additional material you might want to use for the book is welcome: text, specialty papers, fabric etc.
– More about AKINA Books:


– The workshop will be open to 10 participants max.
– Workshop hours will be 9am – 4pm daily.
– Workshop will be conducted in English.
– Participants will be required to bear their own travel, accommodation, food and visa costs (if applicable). is happy to recommend cheap accommodation options. Please email us if you have questions regarding travel to Kathmandu, etc.

If participants are considering applying to both the Sohrab Hura Workshop as well as Photo Book 101 with Akina Books, we ask that you apply with two separate bodies of work. Photo Book 101 seeks applications from participants who have a body of work that is in its final stages. The Sohrab Hura Workshop seeks applications from participants who have a body of work that they are just starting out with.


To apply, please e-mail us:

– 30-40 low res jpegs (1000 pixels on the longest side) of the project you would like to work with for this workshop.
– A short introduction to the project (800 words max).
– Your latest CV
– Send us the above via wetransfer to
Application deadline is 10 Feb 2017

For questions/concerns please feel free to contact us at