The photo book: how to make it a success? with Daylight Books

Learn how to be best prepared to present your work to a publisher


* Learn the current professional practices: industry standards, publishing contract, publishers, self-publishing practices, distribution channels, etc.
* Learn how to be best prepared to present your work to a publisher and for production;
* Set up your personal work into a ready-to-go proposal for publishers;


Daylight is a non-profit organization dedicated to publishing art and photography books. By exploring the documentary mode along with the more conceptual concerns of fine-art, Daylight’s uniquely collectible publications work to revitalize the relationship between art, photography, and the world-at-large.


This will be a hands on workshop with daily group discussion and editing sessions. The workshop will focus on three major facets of making a successful photo book:

Day 1:

Demystifying the publication process:
This portion of the workshop will focus on discussion regarding the publishing industry, standard practices, what to expect when pursuing a publishing contract with a publisher, how art book publishing (and the associated market) differs from the literary market and how best to position and prepare one's body of photographic work for a successful publishing process.

Day 2:

Creating the perfect presentation:

This portion of the workshop will consist of an in-depth discussion and hands-on workshop for preparing the participating photographers' projects for presentation to publishers, and for production. Each photographer will leave the workshop with a ready-to-go proposal (or prepared manuscript for self-publication). We will engage in critical discussion, narrative development, editing and sequencing and preliminary design processes to take a body of pictures and transform them into the foundation for a proper photobook publication.

Day 3:

Which path forward to pursue:
This final portion of the workshop will focus on which path forward towards publication makes the most sense, and is most likely to succeed, for each participant. We will explore the different publishing houses, self-publishing methods / channels, global distribution partners, and more, to align the photographers' vision with the best partners and practices to take their book project to the next stage - moving into production!

Teaching language: English.

Workshop hours: 9h30 à 17h30.

Jun 01 - Jun 03, 2017
3 days in Paris - 790 €
Early Bird 730 €
before Mar. 01st

- Only 9 students will be admitted for each session. Students will be granted admission to the workshop based on a review of a selection of 10 of their photographs.

- The 790€ fee does not include transport, accommodation nor on the ground expenses. For participants coming from outside the European Union, please be aware that there is a bank fee when making the payments via bank transfer.

- In order to confirm your application, an advance payment of €100 is advised. Once the application is completed, we will send an email via PayZen to the participant in order to settle the payment. If the candidate is accepted, this amount will be deducted from the overall cost of the workshop.

- In case the participation is not confirmed, he will get a full pay back of the 100€ fee.

- If accepted, the participant will receive a course contract confirming the success of his application by email.

- To confirm registration, the participant must return this contract to us, signed, within ten days, along with payment of 30% of the cost of the workshop.

- The rest of the fee must be paid by the first day of the workshop at the latest. The participant will then receive a receipt.

- A dossier in order to get prepared for the workshop will be sent to the participant at least two weeks before the course begins.

- If you're willing to participate in more than one workshop, we do offer a 10% discount on the following workshops' price.

- Successful candidates will be expected to arrive with a large set of images and ready to create their book mock-up.

- Participants are required to find their own accommodation in Paris. However Eyes in Progress will provide you with a list of affordable places.

- Photo books

- Projector and screen

- 1 MAC with photo editing software

- Professional A3 printer

- Photo paper

A technical assistant will be present during the workshop.

- Les projets de chaque participant sont publiés sur le site de Eyes in Progress.

- La page des participants sera pleinement intégrée dans les réseaux sociaux afin de faciliter le partage de l'information aux amis et contacts.

- Une attestation de fin de formation est remise à chaque stagiaire.

- Les stagiaires sont amenés à évaluer la formation en fin de session afin d’attester du niveau de satisfaction globale et du degré d’acquisition de nouvelles compétences. Ces évaluations nous permettent d’améliorer notre dispositif de formation.

- Si le stagiaire ne souhaite pas voir son profil publié sur le site (portfolio, revue, vidéo), nous respecterons sa décision.

- There will be two rounds of applications review:

> If you apply before April 6th 2017: successful applicants will be informed via email by April 8th 2017.

> If you apply after April 6th 2017: successful applicants will be informed via email by May 8th 2017.

It is possible that the workshop is completed with the first round of applications, in that case, the second round of applications will not be processed.

Applications will be open until May 6th 2017.

- In case the participant comes from far away and needs to make early travel arrangements regarding the workshop's date, we will study his request to review his application ahead of the official deadlines.

- Eyes in Progress reserves the right to cancel groups with less than 7 participants. Students will be given either a full refund or offered a place with an alternative photographer. In the event of a cancellation, students will be given at least 3 weeks advance notice. Eyes in Progress reserves the right to change or alter the program advertised.

- If a participant decides to cancel for whatever reason, this must be confirmed in writing:

. Eyes in Progress will reimburse all the registration costs except for the €100 administrative fee, if the participant informs Eyes in Progress of cancellation at least 3 weeks before the first day of the workshop. Beyond this time limit, Eyes in Progress will charge the following:

. 50% of the cost if cancelled between 6 and 20 days before the workshop commences.

. 100% of the cost if cancelled less than 5 days before the workshop commences.

. All workshops that are commenced but not completed through the fault of the participant need to be paid in full.

- Eyes in Progress is not responsible for reimbursement of travel expenses in case a workshop is cancelled. We recommend that you buy refundable air tickets and/or travel insurance.

Eyes in Progress is committed to using all possible means to enable beneficiaries with disabilities to participate in the workshops. For this, the director of Eyes in Progress will assess all required adaptations and implement them.