Sequencing for Photobooks Summer 2023

Event Info

This two-week, in-person workshop takes place at CBA on Wednesdays, May 24 and 31, from 6:00pm—9:00 pm.

  • Wednesday, May 24, 6:00pm—9:00pm
  • Wednesday, May 31, 6:00pm—9:00pm

Please Note: Registration for this workshop closes on May 17, at 11:59 pm.

About the Workshop:

Join instructor Martha Naranjo for this in-person class at CBA! 

Are you interested in developing a photo book project? Do you have a collection of images that need to be used? The magic of making a photobook is that you can investigate connections between visual elements, create narrative and unexpected connections between ideas and themes, and build a container for your work that can be easily distributed and shared on an intimate, personal level. 

Bring a collection of 60 images that you’ve taken. They do not all need to be from the same body of work, but they should have the possibility of connection. You’ll learn about different philosophies of photo sequencing, examine the Kuleshov Effect, and dissect examples of sequencing alongside a cohort of participants. You’ll work together to learn all the stages of layout for photobooks, starting with selecting images, developing relationships between photographs, establishing a narrative, sequencing images, and learning layout techniques for publication. 

If you have a photographic body of work that you’d like to draw upon, or if you are familiar with photography and interested in expanding your storytelling skills in this medium, this is an ideal workshop for you! Sequencing is one of the most important elements in making a photobook, and understanding it well is an important skill to have.


Required Materials::

  • Students need to bring 4 x 6 color prints of their pictures, at least 60 images that they’ve taken and are interested in or plan to make into a book project. They do not all need to be from the same body of work but should have the possibility of connection. At least 60 images so that we can draw upon a 30-page zine. Cheap prints can be made in pharmacies.

All other materials will be provided by Center for Book Arts at no additional cost.

About Martha Naranjo Sandoval

Martha Naranjo Sandoval is a  Brooklyn-based filmmaker and visual artist from Mexico City.
Her work focuses on the materiality of image; in the difference between how time is portrayed in moving and still image; and in how images gain significance culturally.

She makes stereoscopic collages, light installations, multimedia installations, slideshows, and books. She works with different mediums using obsolete technology designed to remember. Most of her pieces start with Family Recordings (home videos, family albums, travel postcards), which she is interested in because it is a kind of vernacular photography that is important to whoever took it but not to a lot of other people; it is part accidental; it documents what the daily life of a place looks like at a certain time; and it is used to remember. Since materiality and experience are a big part of this work, the best way to experience it is standing in front of it.

All images courtesy of the instructor.

Class size is limited to ensure an optimal participant to Instructor ratio. Register now before spots fill up! Registration for this workshop closes on May 17, at 11:59pm. The registration fee for this class is $185  lus a $25 materials fee.

Looking forward to seeing you soon at Center for Book Arts!

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