THE HANDMADE PHOTOBOOKWard Long6 sessions >> Wednesday, March 6- April 177:30–10:30 pm, Studio 21, $295Prerequisite: Recommended for intermediate photographers. Students should bring a cohesive body of work to class.
The history of photography is inseparable from the book. At their best, photobooks can combine the richness of cinema with the openness of poetry and then do things that no other medium can. Historically, photobooks have been limited by the expensive up-front costs of large-run prints on offset presses, but the revolution in inkjet and digital printing makes it easier than ever to make create your own limited-edition artist book, mock up a book dummy for publishers, or play with the form of the book.
In this course, you will work with your own material to create a book that complements and enriches the act of looking at your pictures. In-depth discussions and hands-on activities will cover every step of the process. We’ll start with editing and sequencing, learning how pictures create rhythms and expectations, and how combinations can amplify or simplify the meanings of individual images. Students will experiment with found imagery, edit each other’s work, and bring in examples of their favorite books. We’ll cover the technical intricacies of coaxing book pages out of an inkjet printer, and demonstrate different book-binding techniques, including saddle stitch, perfect bound, and Smyth-sewn. Along the way, we’ll talk about how size, image placement, and materials communicate your intentions and suggest ways to understand the work. The goal is for each student to leave the course with a handmade photo book and a hunger to make more.
_______________Ward Long is photographer living in Oakland, California. He received his MFA in Photography at the University of Hartford in 2015, and his undergraduate degree at Davidson College.
His pictures describe loss, people, and landscape, and the way all three are inexorably linked by memory. Combining literary precision and cinematic sweep, his projects blend personal storytelling with documentary realism. Much of his work takes shape as handmade books; recent titles have centered on longing for home and the fear you'll never find it, madness and used cars in Jacksonville, and swimming hole cliff in North Carolina.
He received a 2017 Beth Block grant from the Houston Center of Photography, has exhibited nationally, and his work has been featured in SPOT, Burn Magazine, C-41, and YET. He taught analog photography at the University of Hartford, has been a guest critic at the San Francisco Art Institute, and works as a fine art master printer. His self-published books have been exhibited at art fairs and shows across the country, and are in the collections of the University of Virginia, the University of Hartford, and Pier 24 Photography.
PLEASE NOTE: Public Education courses are held contingent on a minimum enrollment, which is determined two business days prior to a class start date. Public Education Staff will contact you ONLY if there is a course cancellation or change.
What materials (if any) will I need to bring to class?Each course requires specific materials that we ask you bring to your first class session so you can get started making right away. Materials lists are available approximately two weeks prior to the course start date. Visit the SFAI website here, click on your course title, and then click on the blue "Materials List" link underneath the course dates. If you have any questions regarding materials, please contact Public Education Staff.What are my transport/parking options getting to San Francisco Art Institute?All classes, unless otherwise noted, meet at 800 Chestnut Street, between Jones and Leavenworth. You can find directions to campus on the SFAI website.
SFAI is located in a residential neighborhood, and free two-hour parking is available on all of the streets immediately surrounding the school. The two-hour restriction cuts off at 9 pm, so evening Public Education students do not need to move their car, unless you arrive prior to 7 pm.SFAI is easily accessible via public transportation, with Muni bus lines #30 Stockton, #45 Union, and #47 Van Ness located within a few blocks of campus.Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?SFAI Public Education Staff are always happy to answer any questions you may have about the Public Education program, or our courses. We are in the office Monday-Friday from 9 am to 5 pm. Call us at: 415.749.4554 or e-mail: [email protected]
What is the refund policy?Refund requests must be made in writing to [email protected]
For courses that meet for ten sessions or more, a 100% refund minus a $20 processing fee is given if written notice is received at least five business days before the first class. After five business days before the first class, an 80% refund minus a $20 processing fee is given when written notice is received prior to the third class. No refund is given after the class has met three times. Please allow two to three weeks to receive your refund.
For courses that meet for six sessions or fewer, a 100% refund minus a $20 processing fee is given when written notice is received at least five business days before the first class. After five business days before the first class, an 80% refund minus a $20 processing fee is given when written notice is received prior to the second class. No refund is given after the class has met two times. Please allow two to three weeks to receive your refund.