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THE PHOTO BOOK - design Your Own Photo Book

with Elizabeth Avedon

There is a rich history of self-published authors including Ernest Hemingway, Stephen King and Mark Twain. Now that artists are able to produce their own hardcover and softcover books online at a relatively low cost, self-publishing has become a popular alternative for photographers.

For our book-design class for 2021 we have created a online workshop that spans over 3 parts. We are very pleased to announce that the highly regarded photo-book and exhibition designer, independent curator and writer, and photo consultant Elizabeth Avedon will be your instructor for this class. 


The first part of our online workshop  will give you the basic skillset needed to design a photo-book. The second part will focus on image selection, sequencing, design choices, book size and finessing your book-dummy. And the third part is about tweaking your book-dummy and getting it to the stage where it is a complete book ready to be self- published. 


Creating a quality photo-book is hard work and takes time. We will encourage students to use the time in between the different parts to work on the skills learned thus far. Your instructor will give you assignments in between courses to help you elevate your book, and get you ready for the next level. 


We will be using BLURB for this class, and each student needs to download and become familiar with's 'free' BookWright software before classes begin. You may also use INDesign, Quark, or Photoshop if you are more familiar with these softwares. The class will not cover technical or design software issues.


You can register for for the full course, or select a specific level depending on where you are in your book process. 

LEVEL 1: NOK 5.600,- (currency converter)

LEVEL 2: NOK 4.200,-

LEVEL 3: NOK 5.600,-


All 3 levels: NOK 14.000,- 


You can pay via the bank or Paypal. We need a min of 7 participants to run the course. There will be max 10 participants in this class. 

Registration on our courses are binding


- starts Tuesday February 23RD

- time: 19:00 - 21:30 CET/ 1PM-3:30PM EST. 

- dates: Feb 23, Mar 2, Mar 9, Mar 23. 


This class will cover the basic principles of designing your own photography book.

Drawing on over thirty years of experience, Elizabeth Avedon will demonstrate the bones

of creating a successful photography book including editing, sequencing, typography and

interior and cover design. We will explore what comprises good design from bad,

developing a framework for the participant to build upon with their own book project.


Students will be asked to upload a selection of 30-40 images from their book project, alongside a description of your book idea, to a dropbox folder (link will be sent you) 2 weeks before the class begins, so our instructor Elizabeth can familiarise herself with your work and your ideas around the book. These images will be used for our class when it comes to image selection, sequencing and discussion of design considerations. You should also include a selection of images that could work as the cover in this upload. 


You will leave this class with guidelines from your instructor of what you need to bring into and work on in your book-projects before our level 2.  




- week-end course: June 12TH-13TH,

- time: 15:30-18:30 & 19:30-21:30 CET/  9:30AM - 12:30PM & 1:30PM - 3:30PM EST 


Our goal for this week-end is for you to leave with the frame-work needed to create a well sequenced, visually compelling book dummy in a format that displays your work to it's best advantage.


This week-end each book project will be given their own focus, in a one-on-one style sessions with our instructor Elizabeth Avedon. All students should join each sessions, but the dialog will be between the presenting student, and the instructor. We will however make time for Q&A in the end of each sessions.


Avedon will outline improvements to your book including; setting up an overall structure for the framework; editing, layout considerations, interior formatting and sequencing, and typography, cover design and other design elements to be considered. We'll discuss any text and writing that may accompany your work.


You should come to this class having a rough draft of your book saved as a PDF in your chosen design program. This should include all images you have selected for the book, pluss possible new ones, for sequencing and discussion of design considerations. Plus any text & writing that may accompany your work. You will be asked to upload your rough draft a couple of weeks before our class.


You will leave this class with guidelines from your instructor of what you need to bring into and work on in your book-projects before our part 3.  

Level  3:

- starts Monday August 30TH

- time 19:00 - 21:30 CET/ 1PM-3:30PM EST. 

- dates: Aug. 30, Sep 13, Sep 20, Sep 27


Through personal critique and group reviews, we will improve and refine your final book

dummy to create a professional level photography book. We will work towards perfecting your front and back cover, title and text pages, and strong sequencing of your images.


We will briefly discuss the self-publishing companies available. We will also explore how you can use your self-published book as a valuable tool to submit as your illustrated book proposal to a photo- publisher, or as a leave-behind promo piece.


The goal for our Level 3 course is to create a photo book pdf in the end that is ready to self-publish or present to a publisher.

Read more about Elizabeth Avedon on our faculty page. 

See more of Elizabeth Avedon's work on her website.