The Art of Making Photo Books

Workshop with Wolfgang Zurborn

Karma Driver by Wolfgang Zurborn, FOTOHOF edition 2018

The photo book is the most original form of photographic expression. A collection of great photographs is not automatically a brilliant photo book. You need an intelligent concept and a feeling for a convincing edit of the photographs to create a personal statement about your perception of the world around you. 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 of a book to have a lasting effect on the viewer.

In this workshop Wolfgang Zurborn will give some ideas and stimulations especially for the editing of images, for combining and sequencing photographs, so they can tell personal stories about the every day life. It's often a problem to follow too strict concepts without listening to the photographs and understanding the special nature of a photographic image in contrary to the written text. The target of the workshop is to get an understanding of the special grammar of images. That's one of the most important aspects for the art of making photo books.

The participants of the workshop should bring a photographic project in a printed form, so we can work on the edit of the photo book and the sequencing of the images in a visual very clear understandable way.

Wolfgang Zurborn, Germany



Wolfgang Zurborn, photo by Frederic Lezmi

Wolfgang Zurborn is born 1956 in Ludwigshafen/Rhein. He studied photography at Bavarian StateSchool of Photography in Munich from 1977 to 1979 and at the University of Applied Sciences inDortmund from 1979 to 1984. 1985 he got the Otto-Steinert-Grant of German Society ofPhotography (DGPh). For his book „Drift“ he got the German Photobook Award 2008. Togetherwith Tina Schelhorn he is running Galerie Lichtblick in Cologne since 33 years. In 2010 hefounded Lichtblick School and is offering photo workshops in many different countries. Since 1998he is on the board of directors of the German Photographic Academy (DFA). Shows of his workhave been presented all over the world. In 2009 Haus der Photographie, Deichtorhallen Hamburgshowed a retrospective exhibition including black/white work from the 1980th and colorphotographs from the series „China! Which China?“ and „Drift“. Fotohof Salzburg will publishedin 2018 the book „Karma Driver“ with images from Indian mega cities, taken between 2013 and2015.

Workshop Information:

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Tina Schelhorn:, +49 176 634 26 448


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