FOLIO 2020 / Online Masterclass On Photobook 1st Edition - PhMuseum

Folio 2020

Online Masterclass On Photobook 1st Edition

From October
to March 2021


9 seats
+1 scholarship


  • Fee


  • Application


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Masterclass Works Final Presentation

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 masterclass.

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.

2020/2021 Participants

Discover the work of the 10 photographers who attended the first edition of the International Photobook Masterclass.

An unprecedented opportunity

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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How it works

  • Group

    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.

  • One-to-one

    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.

  • Studio

    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.

  • Final meeting + work published

    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.

Main professors

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.

5 Studio visits

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.


Why participate?

  • Get

    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.

  • Expand
    your network

    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.

  • Learn
    practical skills

    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.

  • Flexible

    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.

  • Competitive

    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.

How to enroll

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.

Participation fee

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.

Technical details

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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