* The class covers a variety of contemporary publishing models, from the zine to the traditional perfect-bound photography book.
* Editing, sequencing and design are taught both theoretically and practically.
* The class also covers distribution and marketing options.
The Self Publishing Photobooks Workshop is for people interested in publishing their own photography book. Workshop participants are given all the necessary tools and insight to become self publishers.
Bruno Ceschel is the founder and director of Self Publish, Be Happy and a visiting lecturer at Camberwell College of Arts, University of the Arts London, and École cantonale d’art de Lausanne (ECAL). His latest book Self Publish, Be Happy: A DIY Photobook Manual and Manifesto was published by Aperture in 2015.
He founded Self Publish, Be Happy in 2010, and has since organised events at leading arts institutions including Tate Modern (Britain), Kunsthal Charlottenborg (Denmark), MoMA PS1 (United States) and the National Gallery of Victoria (Australia), and published books by Lucas Blalock, Mariah Robertson, Lorenzo Vitturi and many more. Ceschel gives lectures and workshops internationally, and also consults for leading companies interested in contemporary photography.
Self Publish, Be Happy was founded by Bruno Ceschel in 2010 to promote a new generation of photographers and self-publishers. Through its activities in publishing, the curation of exhibitions and events, and education it has helped to support photography culture around the world.
Shortly after the financial crash, at a time when the digital revolution was really taking hold, it became apparent to Ceschel that the traditional publishing industry in which he was working wasn’t going to last. Looking for answers he discovered an international community of young artists making ground-breaking DIY photography books and zines. A new visual culture was emerging and it needed a platform on which people could engage with it: hence he founded Self Publish, Be Happy.
Over the years Self Publish, Be Happy has supported a network of emerging photographers around the world, amassed a huge following, partnered with leading institutions such as Tate Modern, Foam and Aperture, and expanded its remit to match an ever changing visual culture. It now comprises a publishing house, a library of more than 3,000 self-published titles, an education programme, and an experimental creative studio to direct and produce state-of-the-art visual content and socially engaged events.