Michael Christopher Brown BOOK COVER. Libyan Sugar. Twin Palms Publishers, 2016. © Michael Christopher Brown | Magnum Photos

Magnum Photos is excited to announce a bookmaking masterclass in Los Angeles, taking place on Friday 24 & Saturday 25 February 2017.

The event is a two-day workshop exploring the process of developing and publishing photo books – starting from the very first stages of editing a project into a book from concept, design and printing – as well as looking at the ins and outs of self publishing versus working with an established publisher.

Led by Magnum photographer Michael Christopher Brown and renowned art director Ramon Pez, the workshop will include invaluable inspiration and practical advice for early and mid-career photographers – photographers that are thinking about transitioning their projects into book format or those that are seeking feedback on their work in general and are interested in learning more about the bookmaking process.

The first day will consist of inspirational lectures from both speakers, as they outline how they created Michael Christopher Brown’s award-winning book, Libyan Sugar, together. The second half of that day will see the group split in two for lengthy group critiques in which participants will be able to receive constructive advice on their projects. This will continue into the second day and the entire group will also have the opportunity to attend LA’s Art Book Fair together on the first evening.

The workshop is strictly limited to 20 participants, to create a social yet intensive atmosphere in which everyone will get to know each other and share experiences. Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

The workshop will be held at the Los Angeles Center of Photography, 1515 Wilcox Ave,
Los Angeles, CA 90028.

Price: $600

Apply here

For further information contact Lauren Heinz lauren.heinz@magnumphotos.com

Michael Christopher Brown By the coast. Benghazi, Libya. April 14, 2011. © Michael Christopher Brown | Magnum Photos
Michael Christopher Brown Learning antiaircraft weaponry at a captured government army base. March 1, 2011. Benghazi, Libya. © Michael Christopher Brown | Magnum Photos

Speaker Biographies

Michael Christopher Brown is a photographer and filmmaker from the Skagit Valley, a farming community in Washington State. His work-in-progress includes documentation of contemporary Cuba as well as the conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. In China (2009/2010) he put together a series of works from road and train trips, while Libyan Sugar (2011) explored ethical distance and the iconography of warfare while using a phone camera.

A contributing photographer at publications such as National Geographic and The New York Times Magazine, he was subject of the 2012 HBO documentary Witness: Libya. His photographs have been exhibited at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Instituto Cervantes (New York), The Museum of Fine Arts (Houston), The Annenberg Space for Photography (Los Angeles) and the Brooklyn Museum.

His first monograph, Libyan Sugar, was released in 2016 by Twin Palms Publishers, which won the First Photo Book category of the prestigious Paris Photo / Aperture First Book Award as well as the ICP Infinity Award for Artist’s Book. A film and a mixed media installation will complete the project.

Ramon Pez is an art director, editor and exhibition designer currently based in Barcelona. His background combines visual arts and design and he is involved in projects where stories and narrative structures mix with a variety of media. In 2012, together with artist Laia Abril, Pez founded a book making team, designing and editing several recognized books like: Miserachs Barcelona (RM, 2015), The Epilogue (Dewi Lewis, 2014) and The Afronauts (2012). His most recent projects are: Lobismuller (Laia Abril, RM Verlag and Vevey Festival, 2016), Libyan Sugar (Michael Christopher Brown, Twin Palms, 2016), Flat Noodle Soup Talk (Pieter Hugo, Editions Bessard, 2016), Wolfgang (David Fathi, Skinnerboox, 2016), Coca Che (Luc Chessex, RM Verlag, 2016), Autobiographies (Max Pam, La Fabrica, 2016), A History of Misogyny (Laia Abril, Les Rencontres d’Arles, 2016), Vinic-io (Valerio Spada, Skira, 2016), Ponte City (Mikhael Subotzky and Patrick Waterhouse, Steidl, 2014) as well as the art direction of COLORS magazine.

Michael Christopher Brown LIBYA. TRIPOLI. August 28, 2011. 12:56:48. Remains of a body, at Abu Salim Hospital. © Michael Christopher Brown | Magnum Photos
Michael Christopher Brown LIBYA. OUTSKIRTS OF BENGHAZI. October 23, 2011. 13:11:32. Taken from a commercial airplane. © Michael Christopher Brown | Magnum Photos


Upon submitting your application you will be forwarded to Magnum’s Paypal account where you can make payment. Should you experience problems with this method we can accept alternative payments. Please contact Lauren Heinz on lauren.heinz@magnumphotos.com for details.

Fees, Cancellations & Refunds

– All fees must be paid on application.
– Magnum Photos reserves the right to cancel this event two weeks before the start date. In the event of a cancellation, applicants will be given a full refund.
– Magnum Photos reserves the right to change or alter the program advertised.
– For international applicants, Magnum Photos is not responsible for reimbursement of travel expenses in case the workshop is cancelled. We highly recommend that you buy refundable tickets and/or travel insurance.
– Refunds to applicants who wish to cancel their place on the workshop can only be given up to 14 days in advance of the date of the workshop. After this point, refunds cannot be issued.

By submitting your application you agree to these terms and conditions.

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