Design Your Own Photobook: Online Class with Faride Mereb & Erika Morillo

In this class taught by Faride Mereb and Erika Morillo, students will learn how to develop a photobook dummy, covering design and narrative.

This class will be held in two sessions:

Monday, May 4, 10am-12pm EST

Friday, May 8, 10am-12pm EST

In this two day course, students will learn the steps and develop their photobook dummy. Erika Morillo will discuss photography and narrative, and Faride Mereb will discuss design and execution.

Students will learn the use of materials, binding and printing types to develop their vision. This course will also cover the formatting, type selection and production methods of the book.

The instructors will work with students on reviewing portfolios, archival materials and photographs, to eventually demonstrate photo sequencing exercises and narrative referencing.

Students should have the following materials:

– 10 to 20 photos you would like to work with. (Could be your own, archival or found)

– Computer with webcam

– Brief paragraph (or less) describing your work

– Printer paper, letter-sized

– Pencil

– Ruler

– Highlighters

– Scissors

-Measuring tape in inches and centimeters

– Adobe InDesign (optional)

About Faride Mereb:

Faride Mereb is an award-winning book designer, art director, researcher and editor. Originally from Venezuela, she is currently based in New York City and holds ongoing artistic collaborations in Latin America and Europe. She is the founder of Letra Muerta Press and continues to work with master printer Javier Aizpurua in Venezuela for his renowned press Ex Libris. She was exhibited at the Center for Book Arts in a 2020 Featured Artist Project titled The Private Life of Rag Dolls.

About Erika Morillo:

Born and raised in the Dominican Republic, Erika Morillo is a freelance photographer and artist based in New York City. She studied clinical psychology and sociology, which influenced her to photograph as a way to understand her family dynamics and the social environment she inhabits. Her work focuses on the issues of family, inner-city life and the finding of identity. Her photographs have been published and exhibited nationally and internationally. Her photobooks are in the collections at the Whitney Museum of American Art Library and The International Center of Photography Library. She lives in Manhattan with her son Amaru and is currently pursuing an MFA at Image Text Ithaca.

About the Center for Book Arts:

The Center for Book Arts promotes active explorations of both contemporary and traditional artistic practices related to the book as an art object. The Center seeks to facilitate communication between the book arts community and the larger spheres of contemporary visual and literary arts, while being a model organization locally, nationally, and internationally within the field. We achieve this through exhibitions, classes, public programming, literary presentations, opportunities for artists and writers, publications, and collecting.