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PhotoBook Masterclass

with Markus Schaden and Frederic Lezmi

The photobook is the central form of expression within photography. A collection of photographs in a book becomes a personal concept of the world.
The selection of the photographs, the dramaturgy of the series, the design and layout of the pages, the touch and feel of the cover and the paper and many other details have to point out the idea behind the book to have a lasting effect on the viewer. Producing a book requires special diligence: An exhibition can be reorganized again and again, but a publication influences the perception of a photographic work for generations.

The Photobook Masterclass raises the participants‘ awareness for the varied questions, that have to be considered producing a photobook. The whole process from the image to the dummy and the finished book will be discussed intensely. The objective of the workshop is to highlight the special qualities of the photographs and the personal view by the combination of the photographs. Only a consequent edit and an appropriate dramaturgy form the basis for a photobook that is above average.

We – Markus Schaden & Frederic Lezmi – are an experienced, lively and harmonizing team, that knows how to have a motivating influence on the workshop participants.

Deadline: 7/4/2016

The PhotoBook Masterclass program:

Tuesday 19.04  – Kick Off – Introduction of masters and participants. First sifting and discussion of the projects

Wednesday 20.04 – Developing the Photobook  – brainstorming and general conception of the projects

Thursday 21.04 – Sequencing the Photobook – editing the images to form a story or visual narrative

Friday 22.04 – Object and Desire – design and layout, title and cover, materials

Saturday 23.04 – The Prototype – dummy production (printing, sticking, cutting…)

To apply please send a PDF with 20-30 pictures from one project with a short description of what it is about and why you think it would be best to make a book out of it.

Once selected please bring all images you have from that project. We love when stuff is printed out, so we can put hands on. Of course all your images will be needed as high res data for layout and printing as well. Should you have any additional material you want to include like found photographs, letters, maps or documents please bring these along as well.


Markus Schaden

Markus Schaden, born 1965, is the founder of the publishing house and book shop Schaden.com and from the very beginning in 1995 specialized on photobooks. Schaden.com published more than 100 books, took part in countless international festivals and fairs and organized more than 250 exhibitions, events and book signings.

He regularly teaches workshops and master classes and is a  lecturer at the Academy of Media Arts (KHM) in Cologne and the University for Applied Arts and Sciences in Dortmund, Germany.

In 2014 Markus Schaden, together with Frederic Lezmi, founded The PhotoBookMuseum, a Cologne based non-profit organization developing contemporary photobook culture and visual literature.  It is the worlds first museum focussed on the curatorial display of photobooks.


Frederic Lezmi

Frederic Lezmi, born 1978, is a photographer and book designer. He studied visual communication with an emphasis on documentary photography and book design at Folkwang University in Essen, Germany and fine arts at the Académie Libanaise des Beaux-Arts (ALBA) in Beirut, Lebanon.

Besides working on his own books and projects and editing and designing for artists and clients, he regularly gives master classes and workshops. He is the initiator of the  Book Lab in Istanbul and co-founder and curator of the PhotoBookMuseum in Cologne.

After living in Istanbul the last couple of years, he recently relocated back to Cologne, Germany.