FOLIO 2023/24 / Online Masterclass On Photobook 4th Edition - PhMuseum

Folio 2023/24

Online Masterclass On Photobook 4th Edition

From October
to April 2024


12 seats
+1 scholarship


  • Fee


  • Deadline

    09 June

An unprecedented opportunity

Under the guidance of Witty Books publisher Tommaso Parrillo, designer Giulia Boccarossa and PhMuseum curator Rocco Venezia, a selected group of photographers will be followed through the advanced phase of their projects with the goal of concluding a body of work and having it ready for publishing.

At the end of the 7-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 PhMuseum. The program will be conducted online, with one final gathering at PhMuseum Days International Photography Festival (Bologna, Italy) where photobooks and dummies will be exhibited.

To participate, simply fill in the form with your personal details, share a link to your portfolio and apply for free. If your application is successful, we will guide you to enroll in the program.

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How it works

  • Group

    During 6 online 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.

  • One-to-one

    The 2 online 60-min individual coaching sessions will give you time to engage in specific discussions aimed at working on your assignment ideas and improving your methods. Sessions are tailor-made according to your specific needs and that of your practice.

  • Studio

    To grant you industry insight and offer complementary information, we have invited expert practitioners to host 12 interactive studio visits. They will disclose the methodologies behind their work and offer you a better understanding of their role in the industry. Scroll down to discover who they are. These sessions will also be joined by Criticae and Mediae Masterclasses participants.

  • Final meeting and work published

    At the end of the program, you are invited to your projects live on PhMuseum's Youtube channel. All the dummies produced by the participants will be displayed at PhMuseum Days. Moreover, Witty Books will select a work to be published in the form of a book. All participants will further benefit from dissemination opportunities through PhMuseum channels and connections.

© Riccardo Svelto Riccardo Svelto

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

Main professors

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.

Studio visits

We grant you behind the scene access to 12 renowned practitioners to provide you with industry perspective and related information. A way to enrich your experience and get relevant insights. Each interactive session comprises a presentation plus an open Q&A session to facilitate interaction. Info about other guest speakers soon.


© Allan Salas Allan Salas

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

Why participate?

  • Get

    This masterclass offers you the concrete and unprecedented opportunity to have the work of a participant published and fully founded. All the class members will also see their projects become ready-to-print dummies.

  • Flexibility

    Enroll from anywhere in the world, taking the opportunity to engage in a program you can attend while working or traveling. All the group sessions and studio visits are recorded so you can follow them if you missed them.

  • 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

  • Inclusivity

    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.

  • 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.

How to enroll

Just click on apply now and send us your portfolio and main info before 09 June 2023. 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.

Participation fees & deadlines

Scholarship before 19 May - If you apply by this date, you are eligible for the full scholarship. Please send a motivational paragraph that addresses why you need it and how you can benefit from attending the program.

Early Bird Fee before 19 May - If you apply by this date, you can save €350. All applications submitted for the scholarship will be automatically eligible for the Early Bird Fee of €1650.

Regular Fee before 09 June - If you apply by this date, you can join the program by paying the Regular Fee of €2,000. The seats are limited, so we recommend you avoid waiting until the last day.

If you are offered a place, PhMuseum is happy to write you a supporting letter when you try to secure any external funding opportunities. In previous editions of our masterclasses program, the candidates' fees were covered thanks to the generous contribution of the IWMF Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists, and other programs.

Technical details

All the online classes are held on Google Meet. We will grant you a specific link each time and you’ll need to connect at least 10 minutes before. A stable internet connection and a quiet environment are recommended. You will also require a free Google account to access Google Drive, we can help with this during enrollment.

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Our Alumni

Discover below the work of the 35 photographers who attended the previous editions of the PhMuseum Online Photobook Masterclass.