[3-7 April 2018] Photobook workshop with Teun van der Heijden and Sandra van der Doelen


10b is happy to announce a photo book workshop with Sandra van der Doelen e Teun van der Heijden, aimed to transform a photographic project into a photo book. Sandra e Teun are known as the designers of many award winning books and have been teaching photo book workshops all over the world.
 In 2015 10b organized a successful photo book workshop with Teun van der Heijden and Jan Rosseel. One of the books that was originated in the workshop was Kazuma Obaraʼs handmade book 30. With a part of the project Kazuma won the 1st prize stories of the category people of World Press Photo in 2016.

At the five day workshop at 10b Photography in Rome, Teun van der Heijden and Sandra van der Doelen will teach all aspects of how to turn a body of work into a book. Subjects that will be discussed are: editing and compiling process, concept development, design decisions 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 partecipate 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.

“On the Internet we are constantly in contact with the rest of the world. We still have to fully embrace and adjust to this new frontier in visual communication. The paper photobook represents solidity, something we can literarily hold on to. It is a tangible object and it has the aurea of an original art object. The contemporary photobook 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 Agency





Teun van der Heijden and Sandra van der Doelen are graphic designers and founders of Heijdens Karwei, a graphic design agency based in Amsterdam and New York known for the design of award winning photography books including Rape of a Nation - Marcus Bleasedale, Letitude Zero - Monique Stauder, Black Passport - Stanley Greene, Interrogations - Donald Weber, What We Wear - Pieter van den Boogert, Diamond Matters and Via PanAm - Kadir van Lohuizen, War Porn - Christoph Bangert, Gold Coast - Ying Ang, Inshallah - Dima Gavrysh, When I was Six - Phillip Toledano, Belgian Autumn - Jan Rosseel, Passport - Alexander Checkmenev, Magic Part Place - CJ Clark and recently REX - Zackary Canepary. Since more than ten years, Heijdens Karwei has been designing the World Press Photo yearbooks and exhibitions. Toghether Sandra and Teun have taught workshops in Lagos, Nigeria for Photo Lagos, in Tuscany, Italy for TPW, in Georgetown, Malaysia for Obscura Festival, in New York at the International Center of Photography and at the Bronx Documentary Center, in Genk, Belgium for Luca School of Arts and in Tokyo at the Reminders Photography Stronghold.


Teun van der Heijden

Teun van der Heijden has given guest lectures at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague, Art Academy St. Joost in Breda and is external examiner at the ABKMaastricht in Maastircht. He is a faculty member at the International Center of Photography in New York and at the Master of Photography program at The Luca Ahool of Arts di Genk, Belgium. Teun has taught workshops for ISSP in Estonia, for the Trans-Border Institute of the University of San Diego and ICP in the US, for Linke Gallery in Milan and 10b Gallery in Rome, for Chobi Mela in Bangladesh and for World Press Photo in Estonia and Angola.




Sandra van der Doelen

Sandra van der Doelen has studied psychiatric nursing and worked in a psychiatric hospital for a short period of time after which she made a career change and started working in banking. So she started to support Teun van der Heijden by taking care of the financial part of Heijdens Karwei. At some point she started working more and more as a designer and stepped in as a full partner of Heijdens Karwei in 1996. Next to collaborating with Teun on the photo book and photo exhibition projects Sandra is art-director of Wordt Vervolgd, the monthly magazine of Amnesty International in the Netherlands.






Workshop purpose

During the workshop Sandra and Teun will share their experience in conceptual work with photography books and photography book production. Togetherwith 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’ visions. The workshop consists of lectures, practical classes and work on the students’ own book projects resulting in the production of a ‘dummy’ book/pubblication by each of the partecipants. The workshop is divided into two parts. In the first part students are encouraged to share ideas and spark creative genius discussing and thinking about concepts for each other. The second part 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 Sandra and Teun will guide the students and help with ideas, problem solving and probably stitching and gluing.


Day by day detailed program


Day one

• 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
• The students will do an elevator pitch of their project
• Beginning of personal sessions: edit and concept development, the tutors will push the students to come up with book ideas for each presented portfolio 


Day two

• Continuation of personal sessions: edit and 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
• Short lecture about the narrative arc and building a story


Day three/Day four

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


Day five

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





The workshop is aimed at photographers with a substantial project or body of work and are planning a pubblication. In addition to the images, the participants are encouraged to bring any other materials that can be potentially incorporated into thei pubblication, such a texts, graphic elements, objects, archivial material, ephemera etc. It is highly recommended to bring along your B and C selections of pictures, including pictures you have doubts about or might find less interesting. A laptop with Indesign and Photoshop is a must, as well as small prints (roughly 10 x 15 cm or 4 x 6 cm) of your project for editing on the first days.
Language used in the workshop is English, submission is open to students of all nationalities.


Dates and place


3 - 7 April 2018, from 10 a.m to 6 p.m. *Including a break.
 The workshop will take place at 10b Photography, via San Lorenzo da Brindisi 10/b, 00154 Rome (Garbatella).

**Time may be changed / extended.




Workshop fee: €960, payable in two instalments.

*Once selected, candidate must pay 30% of the total amount within five days after receiving the notification. In case of cancellation (before February 28th) the 30% deposit will be refunded, administratives fees excluded, equal to 60 euros. To confirm the registration the candidate needs to pay the total amount within March 16th, 2018.




Send your submission to: workshops@10bphotography.com
Maximum number of participants: 12


Submissions deadline January 31st 
- Deadline extended to 25 Febraury
(by 23.59 on January 31st - Central European Time)
After the deadline, a selection will be made based on the submitted materials.  
The selected participants will be notified after mid-February 2018.

10b will not answer any inquiry concerning the acceptance of your submission.


How to participate


Make sure you fulfill the conditions listed below before you apply for the workshop.

Conditions of participation: 

1. The candidate must have a finished photo work/project ready for making a photo book;

2. The candidate must have a computer installed with Photoshop and Illustrator (InDesign knowledge preferred);

3. The candidate is invited to prepare an English text for his photo book and for applying to the workshop;

4. Once enrolled in the workshop, the candidate need to attend all the scheduled dates. Please be punctual. (Please check the workshop schedule thoroughly before you apply for the workshop)

5. The enrollment will be confirmed once you make payment for the workshop.


Send your submission with the following information:

• Your Full Name

• Email addressand phone number

• Link to view your work, your narrative bio and CV

• Describe the concept of your photo book in six key words

• One A4 page of text on the content and the story

• Around 15 to 45 photos and/or visual material for your photo book project.


Images requirements:


Each image file should be 72dpi, up to 1200 pixel on the longest side. This images are meant to be viewed on a PC screen, thus each file should be sized 200KB or smaller. If you already know the sequencing, number the images as 001.jpg - 002.jpg - etc. Deliver all images in one folder and compress it. Or you may present the numbered images in a PDF file. Attach the compressed file or the PDF file to the submission email.



For info and submissions: workshops@10bphotography.com