#1 AnIa Nalecka & Rafal MIlach

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Workshop dates: 16-20 December
Application deadline: November 15th

Workshop #1 : Why do you want to make a book?

Ania Nalecka & Rafal Milach

For some time now, we have been suffering from an overproduction of images. Recently, this is also the case with photographic books. The fact that making a book has become easier and more available is not in itself a sufficient reason to publish a book. An artist must be able to honestly answer the question ‘WHY?’.

The workshop will involve a series of lectures, practical classes and work on the students’ own book projects. During the workshop, Ania and Rafał will share their experience in conceptual work with photobooks and photobook production, combining the points of view of photographer and graphic designer. Together with the participants, they will go through crucial problems like: storytelling and structuring the book, design as well as practical exercises on editing & sequencing. The outcome of the workshop will be a sketch of the book dummy to be developed in the future.


Workshop Program

Day 1 / 6-8h

– Introduction of the participants’ projects
– Ania’s lecture “Rudiments” 45min
– Sequencing presentation ( 3 people) – optional

Day 2 / 6-8h

– Rafal’s Lecture “Various ways of story telling” 45min
– Editing & sequencing sessions ( work with tutors and individual)
– Sequencing presentation ( 3 people ) – optional
Day 3 / 6-8h

– Editing & sequencing sessions
– Design sessions / working on a sketch of the book dummy

Day 4 / 6-8h

– Design sessions / working on a sketch of the book dummy

Day 5 / 6-8h

– Design sessions / working on a sketch of the book dummy
– Conclusions
– Setting next steps for each project

Selected Participants are expected to:

– Fill the questionnaire below,
– Make a 10-15min max presentation of the project,
– Bring 40-50 preview prints (13x18cm) per project,
– Bring all additional graphical materials if necessary: texts, illustrations, archival images etc.
– Bring their favorite book (optional).


Questionnaire for selected participants:

1. What my story is about?
2. What is the project title?
3. What is the title of the book?
4. What message is in the photos?
5. What message is in the texts (if there are any)?
6. How the story is told? (in terms of narration not the book form)
7. Is here is any information important for the story, which is not included either in the photos or in the text?
8. Are there any other means that should be included into the book aside of photos and texts? What do they mean?
9. What do I want the Reader think/feel after viewing my book?

ANIAAnia Nałęcka – born 1977, book designer (alias Tapir Book Design), collaborating with Sputnik Photos collective (www.sputnikphotos.com).

Books designed by her were awarded: 69 and 71 POYi The Best Photography Book Award (first prize, USA 2012, 2014) ParisPhoto / Aperture Foundation Photobook Award (USA/France 2012, 2013 and 2014), Bratislava Photomonth (Slovakia, 2012, 2014), The New York Photofestival (first prize, USA 2011), Photography Book Now (USA, w 2009 grand prize and in 2011 first prize),  Art Books Wanted International Award (Czech Republic 2013)and Photopublication of the Year, Fotofestiwal in Łódź (both first pizes, Poland 2013).

Gave guest workshops (ISSP in Kuldiga, Latvia, 2014 and PHOTOEspana, 2014) and guest lectures (Sputnik Photos Mentoring Programme, National Film School in Łódź 2013, Print Control 2013, PHOTOEspana, 2014, Self-publish Riga 2014, Fotoistanbul 2014, ViennaPhotobookFestival 2015, 6 pt, Vilnius, Lithuania)

Co-curated with Rafał Milach Sputnik Photos’ exhibition “Stand By” and “Distant Place” and with NOPHOTO publication+exhibition “Mapping the Blind Spots” for PHOTOEspana 2014. With Sputnik Photos – Photo-eye for Best Books of  2012 (best books by Sputnik Photos, USA) and The Curated Bookshelf w FOAM Museum, (Amsterdam, The Netherlands). Curator of ShowOFF 2015, part of Photomonth in Kraków, working on the book with Yulia Krivich.

Designed books among others: “7 Rooms”, “Black Sea of Concrete”, “In the Car with R”, “The Winners” (Rafał Milach), “IS(not)”, “At the Border”, “Stand BY”, “Distant Place” (Sputnik Photos), “Brutal” (Michał Łuczak), “American Dream” (Agnieszka Rayss), “The Love Book” (Sławomir Rumiak), “Karczeby” (Adam Pańczuk), “Swell” (Mateusz Sarełło) “Promising Waters” ( Mila Teshaieva), “The Irreversible” (Agnieszka and Maciek Nabrdalik), “Boiko” (Jan Brykczyński), “Fibro Dreams” Glenn Sloggett, “Die Mauer ist veg!” (Mark Power) and “Presentiment” (Yulia Krivich).

More on: www.nalecka.com/tapir-book-design



Rafal Milach – Photographer and book artist based in Warsaw, Poland. He graduated from Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice, Poland and Institute for Creative Photography in Opava, Czech Republic. For more than 10 years he has been working on transition issues in Russian speaking countries and CEE region. This work resulted with the monographs “The Winners” (GOST 2014), “7 Rooms” (Kehrer 2011) and “Black Sea of Concrete” (self-published 2013). In 2012 Czytelnia Sztuki Gallery published the book “In the Car with R” the record of Rafal’s travel with writer Huldar Breidfjord around Iceland. Rafal’s work has been exhibited in C/O Berlin, Zacheta National Gallery of Art and MoCA Shanghai. He received grants from Magnum Foundation, Polish Ministry of Culture and European Cultural Foundation. Rafal’s pictures and books have been awarded with World Press Photo and Pictures of the Year International. Works in collections of Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts in Japan, Brandts Museum for Kunst & Visuel Kultur and CO Berlin. Rafal is a founding member of Sputnik Photos collective.


See more at: http://www.issp.lv/en/summer-school/2014/masters-workshops/Rafal%20Milach,%20Ania%20Nalecka#sthash.lnQPZJ5P.dpuf


For the application you sholud submit:

I. A short bigraphy
II. A text about your project(s)
III. 15-20 images from each project (maximum 2 projects)

* The workshop is conducted in English
* The workshop is tuition free
* The dummy books produced during the workshop will be printed as 10-20 editions after the workshop