Deadline: 18/02/2017


A 7-day intensive book-editing workshop in which participants conceptualize and draft a photo book.

Description of residency program
Pablo Ortiz Monasterio will be leading a 7-day intensive book-editing workshop in which he will help participants take existing bodies of work and, through a series of practical and theoretical lessons, conceptualize a book that is authentic, surprising and true to the photographer. He will begin the workshop by presenting an overview of the photography book-making process, and by sharing insights from his own photographic projects such as the award-winning The Last City (1996), and White Mountain ( 2010 ), and the poignant Desaparecidos (2016). He will also trace the evolution of his ground-breaking editorial projects, such as Luna Cornea, Río de Luz, Frida Kahlo: Her Photos, and Mexican Portraits, a book he published with Aperture. He will delve into the process of selecting and sequencing photographs to tell a story, as well as reflect on identity, both individual and collective. 

Each participant will present their proposed book project, which will be the basis for the instruction. Together, you will map out where the book and the images meet design — what is right for your medium and message? A radical foldout? Books within books? We will examine how images are read in book form depending on placement (centered, up, down etc),  size (big, small, full bleed, cropped), space and text. Mr. Ortiz Monasterio is an expert in using the language of photography to craft masterful prose. The participants should all leave the workshop with a draft of their photo book and the tools to realize it.

Master Artist: Pablo Ortiz Monasterio
Pablo Ortiz Monasterio is considered one of the most influential and active figures in contemporary photography in Mexico and Latin America. In 1994, he founded the Centro de la Imagen in Mexico City, the most important photography forum in Mexico and a venue for the education, discussion and promotion of photography in Mexico, which included extensive educational photography and exhibition programs such as the Bienal de Fotografia and Fotoseptiembre.

Monasterio was born in Mexico City in 1952 and would go on to study economics at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico and photography at the London College of Printing in England. He received his masters degree in photography at the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana in 1984. He has served as an editor on various book projects, including Mexico Indígena, as well as the periodicals Río de Luz and Luna Córnea. In 1995, Monasterio published La Última Ciudad – The Last City, a kaleidoscope of dynamic, dramatic black and white street photographs of Mexico City that evoke an apocalyptic atmosphere of an immense metropolis ravaged by poverty, crime and the ill-effects of overpopulation. In 2001 he was the curator of the PhotoEspaña festival in Madrid. He has been a juror and for World Press Photo and has imparted photography and editing workshops in many countries. In 2013 he published Mexican Portraits with Aperture. He has had solo exhibitions at the Museo de Arte Moderno, the Centro de la Imagen, and the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City, as well as, more recently, at the Centro Português de Fotografia in Porto (Habitar la oscuridad, 2012).

Duration of residency
7 days

Disciplines, work equipment and assistance

What to expect

  • The night before the workshops begins we the class meets and has an opening dinner together
  • Each student must bring a body of work and present this the first day
  • Individual and group sessions in editing, critique, comparison, and brainstorming
  • Story arc, layout, and sequencing discussions and
  • An iterative process of critique in a creative, supportive community atmosphere with fellow participants
  • Interdisciplinary dialogue challenging the boundaries of contemporary bookmaking
  • Lectures and presentations from artists, scholars and social scientists
  • Specific times are given to meet individually with Mr. Ortiz Monasterio, multiple times over the course of the seven days.
  • Review periods among peers to strengthen narratives

Includes: Shared housing at Lake Coatepeque and all meals. Transportation to and from El Salvador not included. Transportation from airport available on days before and after workshop  

Studio/ workspace
The studio space is a shared workspace. Everyone should bring their own computers and working materials (hard drives, adobe programs, etc)

Fees and support

Expectations towards the artist
Our only expectation is that you come with excitment and drive -- it will be an intense 7 days!

Application information
Please apply here. We will let you know within one week of application.

$10 application fee.  



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