to March 2023
Under the guidance of Witty Books publisher Tommaso Parrillo, designer Giulia Boccarossa and PhMuseum curator Rocco Venezia, a group of photographers will be followed through the advanced phase of their projects with the goal of concluding the work and having 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. The program will be conducted online, with one final gathering at PhMuseum Days International Photography Festival (Italy) where photobooks and dummies will be shown. To apply, simply fill in the form with your personal details, insert a link to your project and submit for free. If your application is successful, we will notify you and you will then be able to Enroll in the Program.
Discover the work of the 14 photographers who attended the third edition of the International Photobook Masterclass.
Giulia Bernardi, 1990, Casale Monferrato. Lives and works between Milan, Liguria and Piedmont.
At first she approached photography as self-taught, later she specialized at Cfp Bauer in Milan (2020).
Her research takes inspiration from the concept of ‘psychogeology’ and the identity of places. She wants to understand the relationship between interior landscape, written word and manifest scene. Her approach is sentimental, physical and analytical at the same time: she reconstructs the poetic memories of places by exploring their configuration through the aesthetic practice of walking in them. At the same time, this direct and prolonged relationship with space leads her to catalog portions of the landscape in which she seeks a possible future between humans and ‘non-humans’ and a geological language that is intimate and daily.
I currently work as a photographer, director, and film archive conservator. I use images to explore how violence, myths, and divinity are interconnected and how they shape our understanding of our place in the world. My images attempt to convey the individuality of identifiable places and evoke timelessness, while exploring the tension between the human and the supernatural. My debut film has premiered at the Clermont-Ferrand Festival in France and I have been invited to the MoMA's New Directors/New Films in New York, as well as other festivals.
Uta Genilke, born in 1964, is a graphic designer, photographer and bookmaker. After living in Hamburg and Hong Kong, she settled with her family in rural northern Germany. She uses snapshots and archive material and translates her dreams, longings and fears into books. Her work has been shown in group exhibitions and at international photobook festivals. Her latest work RAUHNACHT is a finalist for the Gomma Grant 2022.
I am a self-taught artist. Born on a farm in rural post-war Germany, I had to overcome significant hurdles on my path to personal and artistic emancipation. As a single mother, I started out with commercial photography as a way to make a living for my family, doing commissions for schools and kindergartens for many years. I started a company and employed several photographers.
Over the following decades, I developed my own style of documentary photography, which is characterised by an unflinching, intensely personal look at the social and political controversies of our time.
I hate the expression "leaving one’s comfort zone", because for me, there is no such thing as a comfort zone. I never make it easy for myself in my work and always push the boundaries of what I can do. My photographic work, I don’t try to comfort or entertain the viewer. Instead, I want to show things that might not be comfortable to look at, but provide new perspectives on topics we have taken for granted too easily.
In 2018 I decided to take life by the horns and started an artist residency on the Spanish island La Gomera, called Casa Tagumerche
Rosa Lacavalla (b. 1993, Barletta) is an Italian photographer and visual artist based in Bologna. Graduated in Art Graphic (2014) and Photography (2017) at the Fine Arts Academy in Bologna she spent part of her studies in England at Coventry University and in 2016 she worked as a trainee for the collective Cesura.
Her work entitled Sana Sana won the 3rd Place for Emergentes 2021 - International Photography Awards Encontros Da Imagem (Portugal) and has been shortlisted by Cahier d’images, Fresh Eyes Talents 2021, Verzasca Foto Festival, Camera Work 2021, New Talents 2020. It was also featured on Der Greif, Cahier d'Images, Grandmama's Print, Museè Magazine, L'essenziale Studio, C41 Magazine.
Her visual research took part in collective shows and festivals such as Encontros Da Imagem (Portugal, 2022), Castelnuovo Fotografia (Italy, 2022), Verzasca Foto Festival (Switzerland, 2021), FotoLimo Festival (France, 2020), PEP - New Talents (Germany, 2020), Funzilla EXPO (Italy, 2020), PIP Festival and Lishui PhotoFestival (China, 2019).
Cinzia Laliscia (b. 1999) is an intimate photographer born and based in Italy. She recounts her personal experience relating to her family and her memory through the images. The projects arise from themes such as nostalgia, death and the unconscious. In 2020, during her second year at university, her work Lost and found (a story about youngsters) was published by Canon in the book Encourage after being selected for the Student Development Program during the Visa Pour l’Image Festival. In 2021 she graduated with honours in Visual Arts at the European Institute of Design in Rome.
In 2022 her work "Finalmente posso andare" was chosen for several exhibitions, including the PhotoVogue Festival in Milan, the Incadaqués International Photo Festival in Cadaqués and the Liquida Photofestival in Turin.
The practice of Ellen Smeets (b.1980) revolves around the human condition within a social context. The subjects carry something universal, experiences that everybody recognizes.
Her pictures are best described as living between narration and documentation. She acts as an investigator using methods of scientific research and documentary photography to build a narrative where fact and fiction coexist.
Eva Verbeeck is a Belgian photographer and filmmaker. She is based between Antwerp, Belgium, and New York. Her family traveled around the world for most of her life which fused her love for visual storytelling with her deep interest in social justice, youth culture, and activism. Focusing on portraiture and collaborative storytelling, her personal work has revolved around environmental issues, human rights, gender, and the exploration of identity employing a mainly analog approach. Her long-term projects are developed by building trust and working collaboratively.
During 6 online 3.5-hour group classes Tommaso Parrillo, Giulia Boccarossa and Rocco Venezia will give you a general grounding in the contemporary photobook world, editing strategies and design techniques 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 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.
Thanks to the tutors and all the other students, my project matured and got to contain the richness of collective work, in which doubts, mistakes, trials and suggestions have been shared and contributed by everyone. The masterclass offered me the rare privilege of witnessing a process that is usually an intimate and unaccessible communication between the artist and the editor. Riccardo Svelto, Folio Class 2020
Tommaso Parrillo from Witty Books, Designer Giulia Boccarossa and PhMuseum curator Rocco Venezia 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 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.
Graphic designer and illustrator
Giulia Boccarossa (Italy, 1995) is a graphic designer and
illustrator. After finishing her classical studies she started her training as a designer.
She graduated from the faculty of Industrial Design at the UNIRSM-IUAV University of San
Marino, then she achieved a Master's Degree in Communication and Design for Publishing at
ISIA in Urbino with a thesis entitled "Designer's role in the photographic publishing
industry: the imprint of the graphic designer on the Italian Photo Book".
Her works have been shown in exhibitions such as the Santarcangelo Theater Festival (2019), the "Italia 90" exhibition organized by Condominio XYZ in Milan (2020), the Graphic Days in Turin (2021) and more recently "Il mestiere di grafico-oggi" at the Triennale, Milan (2022). With her books and illustrations projects, she obtained several awards and recognitions, amongst those the prestigious HISTORICAL BOOK AWARD 2020 by Les Rencontres d'Arles, a shortlist in the ADI Index Catalog 2020 in the Targa Giovani category, the Fedrigoni Top Award 2020, and an honourable mention at the 2020 Marco Bastianelli Award.
She collaborates with photographers such as Pino Musi, Lorenzo Leone and Stefano Cerio and with publishing houses such as Hatje Cantz and Witty Books.
Rocco Venezia is a visual artist and works as a curator for
His project Nekyia is a book published by Witty Books in 2017, the monograph is part of the collection at the National Art Library of Victoria & Albert Museum in London. His latest work - Is Life Under The Sun Not Just a Dream - started in 2018 and developed under the European Program Parallel Platform, by which he has been selected as second cycle emerging artist. He has been nominated by VOID as one of the Futures Talents of 2021.
Next to his personal practice, Rocco works as a curator and producer for PhMuseum since 2017. Lately, he has worked on the concept and editing of the two collective publications by PhMuseum - Familiar Stranger (2020) and Inside (2021) and has served as photography curator for the PhMuseum Days International Photo Festival.
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. Info about other guest speakers soon.
Lea Vene (b. 1987, in Zagreb, Croatia) is an independent curator, cultural anthropologist, and lecturer in Fashion Museology and Anthropology at the Faculty of Textile Technology, University of Zagreb. Between 2013–2019 she has been a curator at the gallery Miroslav Kraljević in Zagreb and one of the organizers of ETNOFILm (Ethnographic film festival) where she curated film, exhibition, and educational programs. Since 2016 she curates exhibitions and programs for the International Photography Festival Organ Vida and, since 2019, for Gallery Močvara. She's a researcher at CIMO - Center for Research of Fashion and Clothing.
Melissa Catanese (b. 1979, Cleveland) combines her images with
archival images into a fluid, sensorial experience that pushes the image beyond its
nostalgic surface challenging ideas of authorship, representation, consumption, and the life
cycle of images. She plays with images as raw material, intuitively teasing out oblique and
guttural interpretations, tapping the inexplicable, and often dormant space within the
surface of a photograph where meaning extends and recedes, comforts and disturbs. She is the
author of "Dive Dark Dream Slow", "Dangerous Women", "Hells Hollow Fallen Monarch", and
Her work has been included in the Mulhouse Biennial of Photography, NoFound Photo Fair in Paris, and at institutions including Light Work, Pier 24 Photography in San Francisco, Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, Aperture Foundation, MoMA Library and ICP Library in New York. In 2021, Catanese was a remote artist-in-residence at Light Work. She is the recipient of a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Grant, a BNY Mellon Individual Artist Gift and has been shortlisted for the Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards and the Foam Paul Huf Award. Catanese contributed texts to “Photo No-Nos: Meditations on What Not to Shoot” (Aperture, 2021), “Photographers Looking At Photographs: 75 Pictures from the Pilara Foundation” (Pier 24, 2020), The Photographer’s Playbook (Aperture, 2014) and to the project “Words Without Pictures” (Aperture, 2010), among other publications.
In his enigmatic images, Geert Goiris (b. 1971) confronts us with
perplexity and alienation. In his work of recent years, Geert Goiris puts the predictive
potential of images first. Photographic images are often understood as documents, traces of
a past. In his series Prophet, World Without Us and Flash Forward, the photographer attempts
to reverse this and present images as omens, foreshadowing something yet to occur.
His images are regularly exhibited at renowned art institutions such as Boijmans Van Beuningen Museum in Rotterdam (2007), Wiels Contemporary Art Center in Brussels (2010), Palais de Tokyo in Paris (2010), Hamburger Kunsthalle in Hamburg (2011), Le Nouveau Musée National de Monaco (NMNM) (2012), Museum M in Leuven (2013), the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago (US) and Centre Pompidou- Metz (2016).
His works are held in international institutional collections such as the Fonds national d’art contemporain (F), the Musée d’art moderne de la Ville de Paris, Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Caja de Burgos (ES), Fotomuseum, Antwerp (B), the Seattle Art Museum (USA) and MUDAM (L).
Geert Goiris has published seven monographic books with Roma publications Amsterdam: Czar Bomba, Lying Awake, Prolifération, Prophet, Peak Oil, 2020 and World Without Us. The artist is represented by Galerie Art: Concept in Paris (France).
Geert teaches practice-based research at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp. He taught as visiting lecturer at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam, LUCA Brussels, CEPV in Vevey (CH), ISDAT in Toulouse (F), FH Bielefeld (D), and ENSP Arles (F) and MentorMentor in Gent (B)
Folio has not only changed the perspective of my future as a photographer, but it also changed the course of my career. Both PhMuseum and Witty Books granted me opportunities that, because of my context, I would not have been able to access. Allan Salas, Folio Class 2021
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 22 August 2022. If your application is successful, you will then be able to enrol 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.
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.
15 July - If you apply by this date you can be eligible for the full scholarship. Please take care of sending a motivational paragraph that addresses why you would benefit from attending the program.
29 July - If you apply by this date you can be eligible for the Early Bird Fee of €1,600. All applications submitted for the scholarship will be automatically eligible for the Early Bird Fee.
22 August - If you apply by this date you can join the program by paying the Regular Fee of €1,850. The seats are limited, so we recommend you do not wait until the last day.
Please note, in case you will be offered a place, PhMuseum will be happy to provide you with a supporting letter when you try to secure any external funding opportunities. For example, in previous editions of our masterclasses, the fee of candidates has been fully funded thanks to the generous support of IWMF Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists or other national programs.
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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