[15-20 June 2015] The photo book, going beyond the form. With Teun van der Heijden and Jan Rosseel

The photo book, going beyond the form

With Teun van der Heijden and Jan Rosseel

15 - 20 June 2015

In collaboration with YarT Photography


At the six day workshop at 10b Photography Teun van der Heijden, together with photographer Jan Rosseel, will teach about all the aspects of how to turn a body of work into a book.

Subjects will be the editing and compiling process, concept development, design issues like choice of size, paper, grid and typography, and the guidance of the printing process.

The workshop is designed for photographers who are interested in working on a concept, edit and sequence for a book.

All the photographers will be expected to participate in pushing each other creatively and conceptually in discussing ways to problem solve the medium shift between singular images to the book as an object in the current environment of photography.


“Although we live in a digital age there is more attention for the paper photo book then ever before. Since the invention of the camera phone we have started to use photography as a visual language in a broader spectrum from the colloquial to the formal, a language that has no geographical or national boundaries. On the net we are constantly in contact with the rest of the world. We still have fully embrace and adjust to this new frontier in visual communication. The paper photo book represents solidity, something we can literarily hold on to. It is a tangible object and, despite being a reproduction, it has the aura of the original object, in this case the photograph. The contemporary photo book can be seen as a visual novel. It is with this in mind that graphic design agency Heijdens Karwei designs their photography books.”

Teun van der Heijden - Heijdens Karwei



Teun van der Heijden

Teun van der Heijden is a graphic designer and owner of Heijdens Karwei, a graphic design agency based in Amsterdam known for the design of award winning photography books as Belgian Autumn – Jan Rosseel, Via PanAm and Diamond Matters – Kadir van Lohuizen, What We Wear – Pieter van den Boogert, Interrogations – Donald Weber, Black Passport – Stanley Greene, Rape of a Nation – Marcus Bleasdale, Latitude Zero – Monique Stauder, War Porn – Christoph Bangert and recently Gold Coast – Ying Ang. Since more then ten years Heijdens Karwei designs the World Press Photo yearbooks and exhibitions.


Jan Rosseel

Jan Rosseel graduated from the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague, in 2013 with the exhibition and publication Belgian Autumn. A confabulated history, on show at Ilex Gallery @ 10b Photography Gallery from 11 June through to 24 July 2015. Prior to this he studied photojournalism at the Danish School of Media and Journalism in Århus, Denmark. Since graduating he has been nominated for the Steenbergen Stipendium, Dutch Doc Award, Photo Academy Award, and was selected as FOAM Magazine Talent 2014. Next to photography Jan Rosseel also works together with other photographers creating concepts for photography books and ideas for new ways of visual storytelling. His work is best described as visual storytelling, between narration and documentation. He works as a collector of memories using photography, video and objects.



Aim of the workshop

During the workshop, Teun and Jan will share their experience in conceptual work with photography books and photography book production, combining the points of view of photographer and graphic designer.

Together with the participants, they will go through the main stages of book production, from the concept to completion.

Challenging the students to think outside their framework and create a unique object that complements the photographers’ vision.

The workshop consists of lectures, practical classes and work on the students’ own book projects resulting in the production of a dummy book/publication by each of the participants.

The workshop is divided in two parts. The first part (Day one & Day two) in which students are encouraged to share ideas and spark creative genius discussing and thinking about concepts for each other. The second part (Day three / Day six) is more individual in which students will work on an idea conceived in the first part of the workshop and create a dummy. During this part Teun and Jan will guide the students and help with ideas, problem solving and probably stitching and gluing.


The workshop is aimed at photographers with a substantial project or body of work and are planning a publication. In addition to the images, the participants are encouraged to bring any other materials that can be potentially incorporated into their publication, such as texts, graphic elements, etc. It is highly recommended to bring along your B and C selections of pictures, including pictures you have doubts about or mind find less interesting.

A laptop with Indesign and Photoshop is a must, as well as small prints of your project for editing on the first days.

A professional typography will print trials and final versions of the dummies. Basic binding tools will be made available by the tutors.

Lectures will be held in English.



The 6-day workshop fee is 960 EUR. The cost includes YarT or 10b Photography annual membership fee (10 EUR) and a printed dummy (max 36 pages). It is possible to pay in two installments. Applicants who sign up before February, 20 will receive a 10% discount. The course is open to all nationalities. All registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Early registration is strongly reccommended as the class size is small and fills up quickly.



10b Photography and YarT Photography offer one scholarship that covers 50% of the workshop fee for a photographer under 30. In order to apply send your portfolio (15 images in jpeg 1000px long side 72 dpi) to workshops@10bphotography.com DEADLINE – February, 10.



For more information about the workshop or for applications contact workshops@10bphotography.com





Introduction in the world of the photo book:

Why is the photo book so popular today?
How does contemporary publishing relates to ‘old’ publishing
Working with official (photo) book publishers compared to self publishing
Hand made books compared to industrial produced books

Looking at the student’s portfolios and discussing them
Concept development

Concept development

The tutors will push the students to come up with book ideas for each presented portfolio. Students are encouraged to share ideas and spark creative genius discussing and thinking about concepts for each other. The idea is to share thoughts and visions and to discover new paths in your individual portfolio. Ideally each student will have a few ideas to reflect on and to make a concept into a photo book dummy in the second stage of the workshop.

Actively developing and making of the book dummies

This is the ‘hands-on’ part of the workshop, even though thinking is still encouraged. Time to experiment with a variety of ideas and shape it into a tactile object. Students will work individually on their projects but team work and sharing knowledge is always welcomed.

Jan and Teun will guide this process helping the students with:
Editing and sequencing
Size and paper choices
Design and lay-out choices

Evaluating the dummies

Talking about the audiences for which the books are made, promotion, selling and distribution
Making video’s and photographs of the objects.

We will talk about possibilities to get your books out.

At the end of the workshop we expect every student to go home with a dummy and more importantly new friends and fresh ideas.