Developing a Creative Photo Book

with Douglas Stockdale


It has been said that making a book can be overwhelming, and a different experience + skill set than making original works of art. This workshop is designed to bridge that gap, allowing the inspiration of other photo books to guide and inform the process from start to finish. Working with a seasoned book designer and artist, each workshop participant will gain a clear understanding of the process and leave with a limited edition artist book made during the workshop.

The cost of this four-day workshop is $595

Let Me Fall Again , Stiffcover book, handsewn binding, stitching, inserts, gate-folds, First edition of 239, hand-made in Russia   Julia Borissova , ©2018

Let Me Fall Again, Stiffcover book, handsewn binding, stitching, inserts, gate-folds, First edition of 239, hand-made in Russia

Julia Borissova, ©2018

March 12-15, 2020

San Diego, Calif.

This four-day workshop is an opportunity for artists and photographers currently working on, or planning to start a project that will result in a book publication. It is open to artists working in all media, from sculpture, painting, photography, printmaking, etc. Whether you plan to make book submissions to a publisher or self-publish your artist book, this workshop is meant to help you create a book that meets your artistic vision. A small body of photographs to work with: 15 – 30 small (4” x 5” prints) is required to help the participants to work towards their publishing goal.

Artist monographs and hand made books are an increasingly important component to a robust creative career and a powerful marketing tool for any artist working today. This four-day workshop is an opportunity to develop a working book dummy while exploring the creative possibilities of the art book market. Each book produced by participants will be a useful model whether you intend to self-publish or work with a publisher to produce a larger print run.

This is not a software driven class (no software or PowerPoint presentations of any kind, lots of hands-on stuff), this is a workshop about making a physical book dummy that provides the tactical feel for the book you are wishing to design.


The goal of this workshop is to create a book dummy, the real first step to publishing an art book or monograph. We will discuss each artist’s vision, mission and objectives for publication, and then to gain an understanding of how these conceptual aspects translate into a book object. Fundamental to the book development process is learning aspects of the editing, sequencing of the body of work and in the context of a book design to shape and narrate a story. The purpose of this workshop is to provide artists with the building blocks to move from a complex unorganized mass of images into a refined edit and subsequently sequence to create a pre-visualization of their book concept. We use Douglas Stockdale’s Guide to Self Publishing an Indie Artist Book, which is included as part of the workshop to help guide your way after the weekend.

Melissa Lazuka,  Song of the Cicadas

Melissa Lazuka, Song of the Cicadas

Douglas Stockdale 01-03-19_092442-1440px_72dpi-750.jpg

About Douglas Stockdale

This workshop will be led by Douglas Stockdale, a well-known book artist and Editor/Publisher of the International known PhotoBook Journal, the contemporary photo book magazine. He has self-published three artist books, two photographic how-to books, and has his own work represented by Fabrik Projects in Los Angeles. His website is