THE PHOTOBOOK MASTERCLASS | Markus Schaden and Frederic Lezmi
*Pre Workshop: December 15 to December 30 [2016]
[The exact date of the pre-workshop will be announced later]

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 participant’s awareness for the varied questions, which 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 & Thekla Ehling - are an experienced, lively and harmonizing team, that knows how to have a motivating influence on the workshop participants.



Markus Schaden, born 1965, is the founder of the publishing house and book shop and from the very beginning in 1995 specialized on photobooks. 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 PhotoBook Museum, a Cologne based non-profit organization developing contemporary photobook culture and visual literature.  It is the world’s first museum focused on the curatorial display of photobooks.

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 PhotoBook Museum in Cologne.




Main Workshop: Free
Pre Workshop:  BDT 3,000
Duration: 8 days
Date: January 11 to January 18, 2017
Seats: Available

Participant Numbers: Total 12 [10 Bangladeshi and 2 South Asian]
Application Deadline: 10 December 2016



• To apply, please fill out this Workshop Application Form
• Send us a selection of your work – your portfolio for this application process should be between 30-50 low-resolution images. Please note that each photograph should be 1200 pixels on the longer side, jpeg compression level-8.
Please ZIP all your files [portfolio only] and send to via WeTransfer. Please note, you should rename your folder with your Full Name and Title of the Workshop. For example: Ashraful Huda_Photobook Making