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Workshop dates: January 28th – February 2nd, 2016
Application Deadline: January 3th


Nico Baumgarten & Michela Palermo

Open Spine is a workshop to bring your own photobook on its way. Guided by self-publishing authors, for self-publishing authors.
Together with Nico and Michela, we will discuss a wide range of books (not all of them being photobooks) and take a careful look on their form and contents to find the key to your own work. We will work on practical aspects of bookmaking – editing, sequencing, choice of materials – and on other important aspects like the diffusion and distribution of your book. We are looking for a diverse range of projects. No matter how long you have been working on yours, we would like to help you to get a new, unique and inspiring book out there.
Send us proposals with a selection of at least 20 images and tell us why you feel your project should become a book. We can’t wait!



Nico Baumgarten (1981)studied photography at IDEP in Barcelona and bookbinding at CFB Bauer in Milan. Not overly interested in the art- and editorial-market, he focused his practice on the photobook as a highly independent outlet for photographical works. Since 2011 he self-published five titles, four of them hand-bound: “Berlusconians/No Berlusconians”, “Leer”, “but at least you are here my love”, “the alert eyes of Angela M.” and “How the other half lives”.




935002_10151576873198742_509598538_nMichela Palermo (1980), after obtaining a degree in Political Science, she attended the General Studies Program at ICP in New York. Going through several workshops focused on the bookmaking process, she has become more and more aware of the potential of the book form in photography and has embraced the concept of the book as an art object. She took part at different events of self-publishing with her productions and has been collaborating with peers on different book projects. Dreaming Leone by Alvaro Deprit is the first book she curated as designer and editor.




For the application you should submit:

I. A short biography
II. A text about your project
III. Minimum 20 images from your project

* 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