to March 2022
Discover the work of the 12 photographers who attended the second edition of the International Photobook Masterclass.
Vincent Bezuidenhout is a South African born artist whose work spans image-making and investigative documentary practices. He has been awarded grants and fellowships from The National Arts Council of South Africa, The Goethe Institut, The Tierney Fellowship, Oppenheimer Memorial Trust, School of Visual Arts - NYC and the National Research Foundation of South Africa. Residencies include the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris and Photoglobal at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Bezuidenhout holds a Master’s Degree in Fine Art from the Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town, is a published writer, and has lectured widely. Solo exhibitions include Separate Amenities and Fail Deadly. Recent group exhibitions include Powerplay, Arebyte Gallery, London and The National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Imagined Communities, Nationalism & Violence, Rubber Factory, NYC, and Addis PhotoFest, Ethiopia, 2018.
Sam De Buysere (b.2000) is a visual researcher based in Ghent, Belgium. Currently attending the Master program in visual arts at the School of Arts KASK & Conservatory, Ghent
His work attempts to counter impulses of historical foreclosure through orientation toward future revolutionary agency. In critical terms, meanwhile, he uses speculative fiction as a vehicle to repurpose the futurity of dystopia as a visual tool for political and aesthetic theory. Within each work he deconstructs the form, placing himself as the alienated subject in a prefabricated cultural archetype. Through this process he questions our relationship with the narratives that surround and shape us, to find what forms the contemporary collective unconscious.
This by sourcing from the spectator’s intertextual habits; relying on recognisability and fragmentism. Aiming to avoid an ironic postmodern gesture and instead, construct fragments being worthy of consideration and reconsideration. Photographic tropes that are meticulously assembled, carrying value and meaning. Most importantly as clues not to be missed, not so much in what they show but rather in how they show. Constructed through careful selection and association.
My work is mainly focused in the relationship between the space and human being, trying to create a sort of relation among the elements that belong to photography, to develope an atlas that want neither to inscribe the structure nor outline the borders, it wants to explode them and unsettle our certitude creating spaces for a new exploration.
Driven by a nostalgic for the past mixed with an anxiety view of the future, all my works are based on what I live and what I feel. In my projects I develop and explore themes as philosophy and the complex psychology of the human being, finally intersecting them with my passion for the fine art.
With my photography I blur the lines between real and imaginary, using and combining these two elements to create and depict my own perception of my surroundings, a place where materiality and truth of our time is abandoned.
My aim is to go beyond a real physical space, to create a fictional world defined by abstract borders.
Nasrah Omar (she/her) is an artist working with photo based processes, AR/VR and collage. Her lurid, densely layered narratives are an ongoing inquiry into the mythologization of objects, rituals and cultivation of liberartory avenues in digital realms. Her varied practice is a reflection of the kaleidoscope of South Asian visual culture and identity, a manufacturing of the fantastical and an examination of the chimeric language of material culture to probe the spurious, sensory and sublime. She holds a BFA in Photography from School of Visual Arts and lives and works in Lenapehoking land (NYC).
Nicole Schwartz received her MFA in Photography from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2017 where she was awarded the T.C. Colley Award for Photographic Excellence. She is an Assistant Professor of Photography at County College of Morris. In 2021, Nicole received an Individual Artist Fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. Her work circles around themes of identity, memory, and family.
Julia Vandenoever is a lens-based artist whose work explores family, place and nostalgia through storytelling.
She has served as a visiting artist at Guttman College in New York City and received the 2021 Colorado Artist Relief grant. She has been included in numerous group exhibitions and had a solo show at the Center for Photography at Woodstock of her recent project Still Breathing. She was a 2021 Critical Mass Top 200 Finalist. Her first self-published book, Still Breathing, will be released in February 2022.
This year, Vandenoever was selected to participate in the Folio 21 through PH Museum Photobook Masterclass. She is presently an artist-in-residence at the Boulder Creative Collective, with a forthcoming solo exhibition.
Julia has exhibited at The Humble Arts Foundation, The Griffin Museum of Photography, The Center for Photographic Art, Colorado Photographic Art, Boulder Creative Collective, SE Center for Photography, and Center for Fine Photography. In addition, her work was featured in Fraction Magazine, Lenscratch, The FAR Center for Contemporary Arts blog, and the Boston Globe.
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 soon.
At the end of the program, all the dummies produced by the participants will be presented and displayed at PhMuseum Days. 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 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.
Curator and Founder Archipelago
Magali Avezou is an independent curator and founder of a r c h i p e l a g o, a curatorial studio focusing on visual culture and art publications. Her projects explore the intersection between photography and other media such as installations, videos, web… archipelago has conceived projects for Flowers Gallery (UK), Les Rencontres Photographiques d’Arles (France), Manifesta (Netherlands), Peckham 24 (UK), PH Museum, Ensba (France)… She is the artistic director of Polyptyque, Marseille Photography Fair. She contributes regularly to photography Magazines. She is an Associate Lecturer at Ace Po (France), Istituto Europeo di Design (Italy) and London College of Communication (UK), and has given lectures and workshops at Royal College of Arts (UK), Southampton University (UK), Escola Massana (Spain) and Instituto Marangoni (It) among others.
Artistic Director of East Wing Gallery
Peggy Sue Amison, is Artistic Director of East Wing a platform for
photography founded in Doha, Qatar (2015 - present). As curator, writer, producer, and
consultant, Peggy Sue collaborates with numerous emerging and established photographers,
festivals and publications internationally. She has curated exhibitions in multiple
locations in Europe, the United States, and China. She also writes for photographic
publications and artist catalogues. Prior to her work with East Wing, Peggy Sue was Artistic
Director of Sirius Arts Centre in County Cork, Ireland and Board Member of Belfast Photo
Festival in Northern Ireland.
With a history of mentoring artists on long-term photographic projects and supporting the development of new and innovative photography, Peggy Sue has been a long-time supporter for photographers on project development, distribution and strategies for promotion both through her work with East Wing and as a free-lance curator. Originally from the United States, Peggy Sue lives and works in Berlin, Germany.
Writer, translator, teacher and curator
Taco Hidde Bakker is a writer, teacher, translator, and curator in the field of the arts, specializing in photography. He studied at two art schools before obtaining an MA in Photographic Studies at Leiden University (NL). He has contributed his writing to numerous artist’s books, catalogues, and magazines, including Camera Austria International (AT), Foam Magazine (NL), British Journal of Photography (GB), and TRIGGER (BE). Bakker is the author of the text collection The Photograph That Took the Place of a Mountain (Fw:Books, 2018). He teaches theory to Photography students at Utrecht University of the Arts (HKU) and collaborates as a writer and curator with the art platform Radical Reversibility.
Visual Artist & Curator
Sofia Borges is a visual artist who graduated in Visual Arts at the
Universidade de São Paulo in 2008, receiving this year five art awards for her artistic
research and production. From 2009 to 2011, Borges presented seven solo shows in Brazil, was
selected by Rumos Itaú Cultural, was highlighted by the Bolsa Iberê Camargo, won the Premio
Porto Seguro de Fotografia, was nominated to the Foam Paul Huf Award 2010 and in 2011 her
work featured the Modern Art Museum of São Paulo. In 2012 Sofia was the youngest artist
invited to the 30th São Paulo Biennial. In 2013, she was nominated to the BES Photo Award,
once again to the Foam Paul Huf Award, granted with the acquisition prize of Centro Cultural
São Paulo, and also presented solo shows in Mexico City, Madrid, Paris, Lisbon and São
Paulo, besides having works featured in Rio de Janeiro, Denver and Oslo. In 2014 the artist
was, for the third time, the Brazilian nominated to the dutch Foam Award and presented her
works in London, Los Angeles, Lyon, São Paulo, Doha and Beijing.
In 2015, Sofia developed "No Sound", her first experimental project as a curator. Since then, she has been engaged in developing her research about the image in collaboration with writers, philosophers, musicians and other artists, transforming, even more, her exhibitions in spaces of investigation. In 2016 Borges presented solo exhibitions in Vienna and Amsterdam and won the British First Book Award with her authorial project "The Swamp", inspired by her exploration of the prehistoric caves in the South of France. The book was launched together with a solo show at PhotoLondon 2016. In 2017 she presented a solo show in Athens and was granted the Bolsa ZUM from Instituto Moreira Salles with her research about tragedy. In 2018 Borges presented her work at "Being: The New Photography Exhibition" at MoMA and was engaged as curator at the 33rd São Paulo Biennial. In 2019, she presented a solo exhibition at Galeria Mendes Wood DM, in São Paulo, and was nominated as one of Foam Talents 2020. In 2020 Borges presented the solo show at Galerie Kandlholfer, received the Jerusalem International Fellows' Israeli Award and is engaged with new series including performances and assemblages to be presented in December 2020. In October and December, the artists present new works in Berlin and Amsterdam as the result of the Foam Talent Award 2020.
Hoda Afshar. Born 1983, Tehran. Lives and works in Naarm
Hoda Afshar explores the nature and possibilities of documentary image-making. Working across photography and moving image, the artist considers the representation of gender, marginality, and displacement. In her artworks, Afshar employs processes that disrupt traditional image-making practices, play with the presentation of imagery, or merge aspects of conceptual, staged and documentary photography. Recent exhibitions include; WE CHANGE THE WORLD, National Gallery of Victoria (2021), PHOTO International Festival of Photography in Melbourne (2021), Between the Sun and the Moon: Lahore Biennale (2020), Remain, UQ Museum of Art in Brisbane (2019), Beyond Place Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego CA, USA (2019), Primavera 2018, Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney and Waqt al tagheer: Time of Change, ACE Open in Adelaide (2018). In 2015, she received the National Photographic Portrait Prize, National Portrait Gallery, in 2018 won Bowness Photography Prize, Monash Gallery of Art, Australia and in 2021 she received the Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship for outstanding talent and exceptional courage. Hoda is represented by Milani Gallery in Australia.
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.