10 – 17 March 2018
It is often overlooked just how many ‘ingredients’ go into making an exceptional photobook, one that you can become immersed in, touched by, moved and inspired by. It’s been a dream of mine for quite some time to invite a few photographers to my home in the forest of Western Australia and share my experience and passion for all things photobook.
Together, we’ll go down the rabbit hole and take an in-depth look into the process of planning, making and promoting a photobook.
“There is a sense of holding something precious in your hands… this is a unique and special book” Daniel Boetker-Smith on The Middle of Somewhere – Photo-eye Book of the Week.
Some of what we will cover:
- Introduction to the world of photobooks – we will explore a wide range of great photobooks and discuss WHY and HOW they work
- The value of making book dummies and why they are essential to the process of arriving at a mature book (with numerous examples)
- Presentation /Q&A with my collaborator & publisher Eva Maria Kunz from Ceiba Editions.
- The power and the poetry of sequencing
- Case Study: The making of The Middle of Somewhere deconstructed; concept & design, creating a cover, choosing the right paper, proofs and printing, binding, inserts & gatefolds, hand made elements, graphics & typography, layout, size, editing & sequencing
- Why weight and size matter
- Look at your work as a group and discuss; I will offer advice and suggestions – group brainstorm
- One-on-one sessions – I’ll assist you to edit your past or current work and help you in moving forward
- Reflection on and development of your book concept
- Creating a tester / basic book dummy
- Learning to listen to your authentic voice and why it’s your most valuable asset
- Day trip to the coast, BBQs & Sundowners…
- Evening photography movies & slideshows projected outdoors, under the stars
While most workshops run on an intense schedule, which can become overwhelming, it’s my intention to factor in downtime to reflect, percolate ideas, time for informal but equally creative discussions, walks in the forest, pour over photobooks from my library or simply hang by the dam with a cold beer and take in the beautiful surroundings… making this more of a creative retreat than a traditional workshop.
This 7 days (8 nights) retreat is limited to only 4 photographers. A portfolio submission is required along with a Skype interview.
A small sample of the books we’ll be exploring over the week
DATES: start 10th March 2018, 5pm. Checkout 18th March by 11am.
LOCATION: Balingup, Western Australia, 6253
FEE: AUD $1800 (approx US $1400) – includes: 8 nights accommodation, 7 days and most meals
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It was a real treat to be invited to Lecce in southern Italy for Bitume Photofest, where I exhibited ‘The Middle of Somewhere’ and ran a workshop.
The drive from the airport set the scene nicely, olive trees as far as the eye could see, deep blue sky and the hot, sweet scented Mediterranean air…
Arriving in Lecce was impressive; nicknamed “The Florence of the South” due to the large amount of Baroque architecture spread across the city, it made for a wonderful and very unique location for a photography festival.
The Middle of Somewhere
exhibited in the charming Corte dei Mesagnesi
One very nice aspect of Bitume Photofest was no doubt the great use of outdoor installations, all in extremely impressive historical locations, allowing for the public to engage with the work whilst immersing themselves in the relaxed splendor of Lecce. Where most festivals are over saturated with content, I really enjoyed the intimacy of Bitume, allowing for meaningful exchanges with some special people and the time to actually absorb and engage with the work on show.
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The Middle of Somewhere awarded the 2016 AIPP … Australian Photography Book Award.
Thank you AIPP! It’s great to see photobooks and the photobook community evolving in Australia and that Australian Photobooks are being recognised at home and internationally. There’s a lot happening with photobooks at the moment, it’s an exciting time, so I’m over the moon that ‘The Middle of Somewhere’ has received this award! A heartfelt thanks to everyone involved.
It was a total surprise and a huge honour to have my book The Middle of Somewhere selected as a finalist at the prestigious Pictures Of the Year International 73. POYi has been around for quite some time and firmly established as one of the worlds leading photographic awards. POYi also run seminars and workshops and are increasingly becoming a center for research, discussion and education.
Photo-Eye, the renowned US photobook store and blog recently featured The Middle of Somewhere as it’s book of the week with a lovely review by Daniel Boetker-Smith (Director of the Asia-Pacific Photobook Archive).
“I was asked by someone yesterday to describe Harris’ book in one sentence, I said without thinking: ‘it’s like looking at a Super-8 film in book form.’ This is a unique and special book.”