Book your 1 hour photography portfolio review with Valentina Abenavoli

Editor And Book Designer

  • Editing
  • Photobook
  • Visual Narrative
  • Book design
  • Concept Research
  • English
  • Italian


Valentina Abenavoli is an editor, a book designer, a teacher, at times video-maker and photographer. She reads, writes, has long walks and listens to music all the time. She also watches a lot of movies, reads tarots, gives away opinions and observes everything. After a Bachelor Degree in Photography and Visual Communication, a Master’s degree in Book Publishing and several odd jobs, in 2012 she founded AKINA Books, together with Alex Bocchetto. Their imprint produces challenging photobooks by emerging photographers, in limited editions and often handmade. In 2016 her first photobook titled Anaesthesia was released, followed by several solo and group exhibitions and, the year after, by a second book titled The Harvest. They are both part of an unfinished trilogy as an investigation on the subject of empathy. She often runs intensive workshops on editing photographic material and on visual narrative. What she likes the most is probably traveling and always questioning time and space.

Valentina can advise you on how to start or continue (self)publishing a specific body of work into a photobook. Every photobook is a self-contained universe with its own loose set of rules. The narrative might start from the spark of an intuition, as well as from ambiguity and clashes, and the process needs time to develop into a final form. Even if the work is coherent to the intentions behind it, we might find ourselves stuck when the book seems to not happen, and that's often because we forget to ask the right questions. The same set of pictures might cover a wide range of narrative possibilities when placed in a different order. The review can provide a dialogue in which Valentina can act as the reader who, at the end, gives back the joy of wonder and the amazement of understanding.

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