Elevate the presentation of a photographic body of work by learning how to make a handmade photographic book

A handmade photographic book is far more than a compilation of images; it becomes a deeply personal, interactive, fine art object. This course is perfect for photographers who want to explore book arts as a way to present their photographic work.

Under Eliot Dudik’s guidance, each student will make a handmade, hardcover book from start to finish--sequencing, printing, and binding. In the first few days, students will learn to conceptualize a plan for their book through class discussions on sequencing and brief lectures on various bookbinding techniques. Once students are ready to execute their plan, the class will move into hands-on demos and focused studio work time.  Students will also learn how to develop a print layout based on the sequence of their images. Ultimately, students will learn how to take a group of images and transform them into a beautiful, cohesive, handmade book.

This course is designed to be paired with Eliot’s photographic class, A Sense of Place, the week prior. Combining the two courses will allow students to make a body of work rooted in the mid-coast Maine landscape that they use to make a Handmade Photographic Book. This will provide students with a deeper understanding of how to effectively sequence and edit a group of images and allow students to further explore the origins and possibilities for photographic book projects. 


Eliot Dudik

Eliot Dudik is a photographic artist, educator, and bookmaker exploring the connection between culture, memory, landscape, history, and politics.  His first monograph, ROAD ENDS IN WATER, was published in 2010.  In 2012, Dudik was named one of PDN’s 30 New and Emerging Photographers to Watch and one of Oxford American Magazine’s 100 New Superstars of Southern Art.  He was awarded the PhotoNOLA Review Prize in 2014 for his Broken Land and Still Lives portfolio, resulting in a book publication and solo exhibition.  Broken Land was most recently published as a feature in the July/August 2015 issue of Smithsonian Magazine.  FLASH FORWARD 2015 chose the series for publication and exhibition in Toronto and Boston.

His photographs have been installed in group and solo exhibitions across the United States and Canada including Dishman Art Museum (TX), Morris Museum of Art (GA), Masur Museum of Art (LA), Muscarelle Museum of Art (VA), Cassilhaus (NC), Annenberg Space for Photography (CA), Columbia Museum of Art (SC), Southeast Museum of Photography (FL), Welch Gallery at Georgia State University (GA), Rebecca Randall Bryan Gallery at Coastal Carolina University (SC), Staniar Gallery at Washington and Lee University (VA), New Orleans Photo Alliance (LA), Carte Blanche Gallery (CA), Davis Gallery at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville (FL), Carlson Gallery at the University of La Verne (CA), and the Division Gallery in Toronto, Canada, for examples.  Upcoming solo exhibitions also include the Griffin Museum of Photography (MA) and the Center for Fine Art Photography (CO).

Eliot taught photography at the University of South Carolina from 2011 to 2014 before founding the photography program within the Department of Art and Art History at the College of William & Mary where he is currently teaching and directing the Andrews Gallery at the college.


Course Dates

Jul 16 to Jul 22



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