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NEW WORKSHOP – THE PHOTOBOOK PROCESS

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10 – 17 March 2018

4 participants

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.

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“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.

Yali under the Orange tree

This 7 days (8 nights) retreat is limited to only 4 photographers. A portfolio submission is required along with a Skype interview.

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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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BITUME PHOTOFEST

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.

Lost in the Wilderness by Kalpesh Lathigra

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AUCKLAND FESTIVAL OF PHOTOGRAPHY 2016

It’s always nice to go back to Auckland where i was invited to attended the Auckland Festival of Photography in June..

It was an action packed week for me, reviewing portfolios, running a two-day  workshop, as well as presenting a talk about my book The Middle of Somewhere. There was also a diverse range of exhibitions to check out, with openings to attend and lots of friendly people to meet.

Here are just a few highlights:

HOME, curated by Simone Douglas  was a series of exhibitions at the impressive Silo 6 (disused silos, now heritage protected and making a fantastic space for exhibiting photography). HOME featured work by Anna Carey, Arthur Ou, Ian Strange,  Shan Turner-Carroll and Lin & Lam

HOME at Silo 6

HOME at Silo 6

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PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP INDIA

EXPERIENCE SOUTH INDIA 2015

I am happy to announce that I’ll be running a 10 day workshop in India, January 2015.  We’ll be photographing at some classic locations across the south as well as some personal favorite spots, well off the beaten track…

This will be my most adventurous workshop to date. So if you’ve been dreaming of visiting India this could be your chance to make it happen! India is a photographer’s paradise… a place I have many years experience with. I lived there with my family and we birthed our daughter Yali in a small village. India is my home away form home…

I’ll be sharing my passion and experience with the group and this will be a fantastic chance to get one-on one mentoring in the field. We’ve also worked hard to make this the most affordable India workshop out there!!

For more details, itinerary and accommodation details please visit this link: samharrisworkshops.com

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MEDIEVAL CARNIVAL WORKSHOP

STUDENTS WORK

Once a year my adopted home town of Balingup, Western Australia is transformed for the weekend as it hosts the Balingup Medieval Carnival. Thousands of people from across the country visit our tiny town and most are dressed in hand-made, meticulously crafted period costume. What better scenario for a photography workshop…

We set up a portrait tent aka Ye Olde Portrait Booth and offered free portraits for all. Above you can view some of our favourites in a slideshow. So while you’re waiting for the next episode of Game of Thrones, don’t despair, just sit back, turn the volume up and check out my student’s portraits of the marvellous characters of the Balingup Medieval Carnival.

BALINGUP MEDIEVAL CARNIVAL

Once a year my adopted home town, Balingup (Pop: 500) is transformed for the weekend and taken over by thousands of Medieval clad fanatics. They come from far and wide… not only from Perth and the surrounding region but also as far away as the east coast. Dressed in full attire whether princess or pauper, monk or maid they really go the whole nine yards.

This year together with Claire Martin, i ran a weekend photography workshop. One aspect of the workshop was a portrait booth / tent set up at the heart of the carnival where students practiced taking portraits. I couldn’t stop myself from jumping in and taking a few shots myself.

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Claire Martin with subjects at our workshop portrait tent – © Sam Harris 2012

The candle lit banquet.This shot was taken by one of our students. Photo by Tony Stefanhof © 2012

Balingup Medieval Carnival  © Sam Harris 2012

Balingup Medieval Carnival  ©  Sam Harris 2012

Balingup Medieval Carnival  © Sam Harris 2012

Balingup Medieval Carnival © Sam Harris 2012

INDIAN WORKSHOP…

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Himalayan Diary…

Old Manali – Himachal Pradesh, INDIA – July 2012

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When visiting India you can always expect a few surprises along the way. Something unexpected will happen, guaranteed! Usually there’s a valuable lesson to take away from the experience…

We arrived in Old Manali, Himachal Pradesh after a long, twisty turny and bumpy night on the sleeper bus from Delhi. Of course this was a small price to pay for the cool air and beauty of The Himalayas that greeted us. We’d taken over a secluded guesthouse a few k’s out of town. With views of snow-capped mountains, the valley below and the sound of the river rumbling below, what could be better… Tomorrow the students would arrive…

Early morning views from my room, Old Manali, India 2012

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I awoke to wonderful views and an odd feeling. I was coming down with Flu. What to do… the show must go on, right?! Soon the workshop would begin… 13 eager students were arriving from across India as well as 1 from Slovakia and 1 from Australia…So with black tea, lemon, ginger & honey and paracetamol, feeling pretty rough, the workshop begun… However as soon as i started engaging with the students, thinking and talking photography, everything seemed fine, whether mind over mater or  a sheer obsession with photography (probably both) we completed the first morning session. The students all went out to begin their projects and i took antibiotics and slept…

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in and out of class at workshop hq – Old Manali, Himachal Preadesh, INDIA 2012

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On day 3 Ismail Ferdous was our guest photographer and a nice addition to the workshop

Ismail from Bangladesh showed the class his excellent work on climate change in the Sundarbans and spoke about working on long-term projects. He also gave a fascinating presentation about assisting Magnum photographer Jonas Bendiksen on assignment for National Geographic. Ismail joined us for the rest of the workshop, his input was most welcome.

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CLASSWORK

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STUDENT WORK

MANALI WORKSHOP 

 

KASHISH PARPIANI

from ‘Sons in Exile – Little Lamas of the Von Ngari Monastery.’

Kashish Parpiani © from the essay “Sons in Exile – Little Lamas of the Von Ngari Monastery.’ – India 2012

Kashish Parpiani © from the essay “Sons in Exile – Little Lamas of the Von Ngari Monastery.’ – India 2012

Kashish Parpiani © from the essay “Sons in Exile – Little Lamas of the Von Ngari Monastery.’ – India 2012

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MADHU REDDY

from ‘Basura’

Madhu Reddy © from the essay ‘Basura’ – India 2012

Madhu Reddy © from the essay ‘Basura’ – India 2012

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SWASTIK PAL

fromFragmented’

Swastik Pal © from the essay ‘Fragmented’ – India 2012

Swastik Pal © from the essay ‘Fragmented’ – India 2012

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FULL FEATURE SOON ON EMAHO MAGAZINE

I can only share a few images from the workshop here, but soon EMAHO Exhibition will be running a feature on work created during the workshop.

It’s been difficult to make the selections for this blog post, which is limited by nature… I feel connected to all the essays…. so this is just an aperitif.

All the students pushed themselves hard and all produced work they can be proud of. Hopefully some will comment here and talk about the experience…

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JENNY HODGE

fromVillage Life’

Jenny Hodge © from the essay ‘Village Life’ – India 2012

Jenny Hodge © from the essay ‘Village Life’ – India 2012

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RAJ LALWANI

from ‘Here is Where it Was’

Raj Lalwani © from the series ‘Here is Where it Was’ – India 2012

Raj Lalwani © from the series ‘Here is Where it Was’ – India 2012

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ASHUTOSH DEV

from ‘Crossroads’

Ashutosh Dev © from the series ‘Crossroads’ – India 2012

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ANANT SRIVASTAVA

fromChanging Faces – Manali to Rohtang’

Anant Srivastava © from the essay ‘Changing Faces – Manali to Rohtang – India 2012

Anant Srivastava © from the essay ‘Changing Faces – Manali to Rohtang – India 2012

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Also i couldn’t complete this blog post without thanking Manik Katyal for all his efforts in co-producing the workshop and to the extraordinary Jana Zilcayova who not only was my digital assistant for the workshop but also made sure i got my medicine and helped keep the students fired up! and of course thanks to Bhanu Pratap Singh Rathore.

Jana took this shot one evening on a regional bus. I liked it the instant i saw it and thought it would be a nice way to end the blog post…

JANA ZILCAYOVA

Jana Zilcayova © Night bus from Kullu INDIA 2012

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