Lesley A. Martin & Denise Wolff: What Makes a Book Work?

Spring 2014

Over the weekend of January 18 and 19, Aperture Foundation books publisher Lesley A. Martin and editor Denise Wolff led a two-day intensive workshop on the process of putting together a photobook. Using a number of examples from their past work, Martin and Wolff led an engaging discussion on variables which impact the shaping of a photobook, including concept, format, materials, design, and sequencing. Participants were given the opportunity to share their own projects and receive feedback from Martin, Wolff, and the other students, leaving everyone with new ideas to pursue.

From the students:

“I feel the workshop was very complete in the sense that it covered the process, and had an editing exercise and individual reviews. I’m quite impressed that so much was covered in a short period of time!”

“Getting an inside view of how experts in the field consider the various aspects of production was very valuable.”

What makes a book work? Why publish books? What is a book’s unique function? Lesley A. Martin and Denise Wolff, Aperture Foundation book publisher and editor, provide the answers during a two-day intensive workshop for photographers who are thinking about making a book. The workshop will map the contemporary landscape of publishing and trace the varied steps toward realizing a finished publication, including editing and sequencing. It will open with a discussion of publishing today, then take participants behind the scenes of a few examples of successful projects. Delving deeper, the workshop will include in-class editing and sequencing exercises. Martin and Wolff will address both the conceptual and technical concerns involved in editing a large body of work, making a book dummy, and prepping for final publication. Discussions will cover working with a collaborative team and the relationship between editing, design, and book production. Students are encouraged to participate in the discussions and bring their own book-projects-in-progress for in-class critique and feedback. Lunch will be served.

 Lesley A. Martin is publisher of Aperture Foundation’s book program and of The PhotoBook Review. Her writing on photography has been published in Aperture, American Photo, Stay Flat, and Foam, among other publications, and she has edited over eighty books of photography, including Reflex: A Vik Muniz Primer; On the Beach, by Richard Misrach; Penelope Umbrico: Photographs; and Ametsuchi, by Rinko Kawauchi.

Denise Wolff is a photobook editor at Aperture, and is known for her work with both contemporary and historic photography. Prior to Aperture, she was the commissioning editor for photography at Phaidon. Throughout her career, she has had the opportunity to work on many beautiful books, including monographs with established photographers such as Roger Ballen, Mary Ellen Mark, Martin Parr, and Stephen Shore, as well as first books, retrospectives, and large survey anthologies on a variety of subjects—from portraiture to photographic albums.

Tuition: $500 ($450 for currently enrolled photography students and Aperture members at the Dual/Family level and above)

Contact education@aperture.org with any questions.

Refund / Cancellation Policy for Aperture Workshops
All fees are non-refundable if you should choose to withdraw from a workshop less than one month prior to its start date unless we are able to fill your seat. In the event of a medical emergency, please provide a physician’s note stating the nature of the emergency, and Aperture will issue you a credit that can be applied to future workshops. Aperture reserves the right to cancel any workshop up to one week prior to the start date if the workshop is under-enrolled, in which case a full refund will be issued. A minimum of eight students is required to run a workshop.

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