to March 2021
Friday 23 April 2021, PhMuseum hosted the online presentation
of the works produced by the 10 participants of FOLIO, PhMuseum first edition of the online photobook
As a conclusive act for this process, Riccardo Svelto was selected by Tommaso Parillo as Book Prize Recipient. His work has been published as a book under Witty Books main catalogue. The volume has been fully funded by Witty Books, with the support of PhMuseum. Rewatch the live stream to discover the projects of Amit Elkayam, Ann Massal, Emilio Nasser, Greta Pettinari, Marisol Mendez, Monty Kaplan, Nikola Lorenzin, Riccardo Svelto, Wenkai Wang and Yshao Lin.
Discover the work of the 10 photographers who attended the first edition of the International Photobook Masterclass.
In 2014 he joined the Israeli Defense Forces as a photojournalist at the Spokesman Unit, acting as one of the official photographers of the Chief of General Staff Gadi Eizenkot.
He graduated from the International Center of Photography's Documentary Practice and Visual Journalism Program with a George Moss Scholarship.His work appeared on The New York Times, The New Yorker, VICE, Huck Magazine, Office Magazine and different Israeli publications.He interned at Magnum Photos, and attended the Eddie Adams Workshop XXXI.
Federico "Monty" Kaplan (1986) is a nomadic photographer from Buenos Aires, Argentina.
He uses photography as a tool to examine and question our perception of the reality we inhabit. With his camera, he explores intersubjective spaces, that are shaped from the relationship between our subjective experiences and the objective nature of things.
His background in filmmaking helps him create unorthodox narratives filled with atmosphere that blur the line between fiction and documentary.
Monty has exhibited work across the globe in USA, London, Germany and Argentina.
His project “The Measure” was recently selected to be part of the FOLIO masterclass with PHMuseum and Witty Books.
His work has appeared on numerous publications, including It’s Nice That, PH Room and i-D.
Yshao works with artist books, photography, new media arts and installation. By drawing upon forms rooted in personal memory, struggles and experience, His works investigate issues in migration, sense of belonging and cultural negotiation under modernization.
His works have been recognized with awards. He has been selected for Antoine d'Agata's residency in Arles, France in April chosen to participate in the New York Times Portfolio Review. He also received the Flash Forward Award (Canada). His works have been exhibited in COME TOGETHER: ART AND POLITICS IN A CLIMATE OF UNREST, Tate Modern, United Kingdom and other venues in China and the United States.
His works are in institutional collections including Jiazazhi Photo Book Library (China), and Joan Flasch Artists' Book Collection.
Nikola Lorenzin (1989) was born in Belgrade just before the dissolution of Yugoslavia, but he grew up in Italy.
After graduating in Engineering, he turned his attention towards photography and film-making. His work merges open-ended narratives with a subjective documentary approach to conceptually explore contemporary issues and the linguistic potential of images.
He is currently based in Milan, where he co-founded the collective of directors Santabelva.
Marisol Mendez (1991) uses her camera to study the tension between truth and fiction, the tight relationship between what a photograph creates and the (sur)real it comes from. Unconcerned with image hierarchies, she combines lo-fi procedures with sophisticated photographic techniques to explore the dynamics between immediacy and intimacy, memory and identity.
Marisol received a BA in Audiovisual Communication at Universidad de Palermo, Buenos Aires and a Masters in Fashion Photography at the University of the Arts, London. She has exhibited across Europe, Argentina and Bolivia and her work has been featured internationally. She was recently selected as one of the recipients of the 2020 Michael Reichmann’s Project Grant.
Emilio Nasser is a photographer and multi-media artist originally from Argentina and currently based in Switzerland.
Embarking on different paths, his works are based on the interconnections with local histories, re-visited myths, oral memories, belonging, imagination and community. Seeking to expand the multiple possibilities of visual narratives and storytelling through lens-based practices, research and collaborative approaches.
After graduating in photography at Spilimbergo School of Applied Arts, he became a self-taught cook on the move when the Argentinian social-economic crisis in 2001 broke out. While living between Latinoamerica and Europe he has been engaging in multiple learning experiences; such as ISSP-Lisa Barnard, Criticae-Max Pinkers, Folio Phmuseum, Laura El-Tantawy-Sybren Kuiper, Experimental's Photobook-Julián Barón, among others. Member of Now_you_see_me_moria collective and co-editor of Brote, a collaborative platform focusing on food with local-global perspectives.
Awarded and exhibited on different platforms as; the Archive of Documentary Arts Collection Award at Duke University (US), Phmuseum Days (IT), Verzasca Foto Festival (CH), Emergentes International Photography Award-Encontros da Imagen (PT), Valongo Festival Da Imagen (BR), Yet-Magazine (CH), PHEspaña (ES), SCAN PhotoBooks (ES), Ojo de Pez (ES). Twice awarded grants by the National Arts Fund (AR).
Wenkai Wang, born in 1996, originally from China, is a New York
and Shanghai based photographer, filmmaker and production designer. Wenkai
earned his BA degree in Film&TV at NYU Tisch School of The Arts,
United States. The works of Wenkai Wang are often results of
juxtaposing staged reality with an unlikely cast of the surreal.
Wenkai’s work has been recently included in the 2020 LensCulture
Under the guidance of Witty Books publisher Tommaso Parrillo and designer Federico Barbon 10 photographers will be followed through the advanced phase of their projects with the goal of concluding the work and have it ready for publishing. At the end of the 6-month masterclass, all participants will be ready to present their work to an international audience in the form of a dummy or a photobook. Furthermore, Witty Books will select one of the participants’ work to be published as a 500 edition photobook as part of its catalogue. Production will be fully financed by Witty Books, with a contribution from the PhMuseum Lab.
The program will be conducted online, with one final gathering at an international festival where photobooks and dummies will be shown.
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During 3 online 5-hour group classes Tommaso Parrillo and Federico Barbon will give you a general grounding in the contemporary photobook world, editing strategies and design technique to develop your project into a photobook.
With these 2 online 60-min individual sessions you will have the time to engage in specific discussions aimed at working on your ideas and improving your method.
To grant you a further insight we have also organized 5 interactive studio visits’ with guest artists, curators and gallerists to let you know about their practice and get a better understanding of their approach and role in the photography industry. More info below.
At the end of the program, all the dummies produced by the participants will be presented and displayed at an international photo festival. Witty Books will select one work to be published in the form of a book. All participants will still benefit from dissemination opportunities through PhMuseum editorial initiatives and its network.
Tommaso Parrillo from Witty Books and Designer Federico Barbon will guide you through the exciting scene of the independent photobook publishing. Beyond offering you a clear picture of how things work, you will be granted access to practical strategies and personalized feedback to complete your work and have it ready for publishing. Plus and most importantly, they will select a project among those of the 8 participants to be published and added to the Witty Books catalogue! A rare opportunity that can grant your career international visibility, prestige and the distribution channels through Witty Books and PhMuseum networks.
Founder of Witty Books
Tommaso Parrillo is an Italian publisher and founder of Witty Books, a publishing house founded with the name of Witty Kiwi in 2012, that aims to promote photography and visual arts. Since 2016 he is also co-founder of JEST, an independent space dedicated to enhancing culture and photography in Turin . He also teaches photography in institutions as IED Torino, private school and workshops.
Federico Barbon is a graphic designer focusing on web and editorial design. He studied at Bauer school in Milan, Italy (2013) and graduated from ECAL in 2019. He worked at Studiopaola (Milan), Navone Associati (Milan) and Lamm & Kirch (Leipzig). He's now working as a book designer for a number of publishers (Witty Books, Humboldt, Yoffy Press, Skinnerboox) and collaborates with ECAL.
With FOLIO we grant you a behind the scene access to the studio of recognized practitioners. A way to enrich your experience and get relevant insights. Each session comprises a presentation plus an open Q&A session to facilitate interaction.
Lisa Barnard (1967) is a British photographic artist and educator
based in Cardiff. Her photographic practice discusses real events, embracing complex and
innovative visual strategies that utilise both traditional documentary techniques with more
contemporary and conceptually rigorous forms of representation. Lisa connects her interest
in aesthetics, current photographic debates around materiality and the existing political
Sean O Hagan, Guardian Review of 'Chateau Despair': “Barnard describes herself as a photographic artist, but her work seems unapologetically political. She pays homage to, and undercuts, the tropes of documentary realism”.
She is an Associate Professor at The University of South Wales and she is the Programme Leader on the MA in Documentary Photography. Lisa has two publications both with GOST, Chateau Despair and Hyenas of the Battlefield, Machines in the Garden. Her new project, The Canary and the Hammer has been published by MACK in 2019.
Photographer & Publisher at Chose Commune
Born in 1985 in France, Yogananthan has been working over the last
10 years on the personal projects Piémanson (2009-2013) and A Myth of Two Souls (2013-2020).
The photobook as a medium has been central to Yogananthan’s work since he began which has led him to co-found the publishing house Chose Commune in 2014.
Drawing inspiration from the Ramayana, the 7-book project A Myth of Two Souls mixes daily life with staged pictures combining a wide range of techniques. The Musée de l’Elysée (Lausanne) and the Chanel Nexus Hall (Tokyo) have presented the first solo exhibitions of A Myth of Two Souls in 2019.
Yogananthan has received several awards, including an ICP Infinity Award (2017). That same year he was also selected among the 20 FOAM Talents. In 2019, he was awarded the Immersion prize by the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès. This award will lead Yogananthan to create a new body of work in the US in 2021, to be exhibited at SFMOMA and Fondation Henri-Cartier Bresson in 2022.
Vasantha Yogananthan is represented by The Photographers’ Gallery Print Sales (London), Jhaveri Contemporary (Mumbai) and Polka Gallery (Paris).
Curator, writer and educator
Natasha Christia (Athens, 1976) is an unaffiliated curator, writer and educator based in Barcelona. She holds a BA in Archaeology and History of Art from the National Kapodistrian University of Athens, an MA in Modern Art and Film from the University of Essex, and a Postgraduate Diploma on Publishing from the University of Barcelona. Her research focuses on the exploration and reinvention of dominant narratives through a novel reading of archival collections, film and the photobook, and the dialogue between 20th century avant-garde photography and contemporary forms of expression often labelled as “post-photography”. In 2016, she was the artistic director of the fourth DocField Documentary Photography Festival. She has recently curated “Lukas Birk: Sammlung bis jetzt” (Galerie Hollenstein, Lustenau Austria, 2018), “The Family of No Man” (co-curated with Brad Feuerhelm, Arles Cosmos 2018), and “You Are What You Eat”, a group exhibition on food, identity politics and ideology (Krakow Photomonth 2019).
Founder & Curator at Matèria Gallery
Niccolò Fano (Rome,1985) - founder and director of Matèria.
Based in the neighbourhood of San Lorenzo in Rome, Matèria opened its doors to the public in 2015. The gallery represents seven artists and proposes an exhibition programme that touches upon all aspects of Contemporary Art, with a particular focus on the role and use of the photographic medium.
He holds a BA in Photography from the University for the Creative Arts, a Masters degree in Fine Art from Central Saint Martins and Creative Ventures MBA scholarship at London Business School.
Niccolò is currently programme director at ISFCI in Rome and has taught at Sotheby’s Institute of Art in London, University for the Creative Arts, Rome University of Fine Arts and Officine Fotografiche Roma.
Writer and educator
Jörg M. Colberg is a writer and educator. Since 2002 he is the
founder and editor of Conscientious, a blog dedicated to contemporary photography. It offers
profiles of photographers, in-depth interviews, photobook reviews, and general articles
about photography and related issues. American Photo included Colberg in their list of
“Photography Innovators of 2006,” writing “a new generation of thought leaders has emerged
to give photographers and photography fans new avenues of information.”
In addition to working on Conscientious, Colberg has contributed articles/essays to magazines and artist monographs. He is the author of Understanding Photobooks: The Form and Content of the Photographic Book (Focal Press, 2016). Colberg has taught at a number of universities including the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, the Rhode Island School of Design, and the University of Hartford.
This masterclass offers you the concrete and unprecedented opportunity to have the work of 1 participant published and fully founded. All the participants will also see their project become a ready-to-print dummy.
Engage with a selected group of peers and professionals from around the world, who can become a resource also for your future. Take advantage of PhMuseum and Witty Books international networks.
This program grants you a first-hand experience encompassing both a theoretical and practical approach to photography, editing and design with the specific goal of a photobook in mind.
In this unstable period you can engage in a program that will happen no matter what having the chance to learn from home while working or studying.
Enjoy a high end program at our launching price, one of the most competitive on the market. If you don’t have the resources, you can also apply for 1 fully-funded scholarship.
Just click on apply now and send us your portfolio and main info before 30 August 2020. If your application is successful, you will then be able to enroll in the program.
All the applications will be reviewed by Tommaso Parrillo and PhMuseum’s Team. What we will consider is the potential of your ongoing project, the strength of your ideas and the coherence of your portfolio.
The full price of the program is €1,500 to be transferred before 9 October 2020.
If you wish to be considered for the full scholarship, you need to apply before 30 July, taking care of sending a motivational paragraph that addresses why you would benefit from attending the program.
All the online classes are held on ZOOM. We will grant you a specific link each time and you’ll need to connect at least 15 minutes before.
To attend them you will need:
Mac OS x 10.11 or higher or Windows 7 or higher.*
A stable internet connection
A quiet environment
Access to Google Drive
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