Every photographer knows how important and influential photobooks are for his personal understanding of photography, but also for the distribution and promotion of his work. The current years have been often described as the golden age of the photobook. Indeed an increasing number of self-publishers and publishers are dealing in revolutionary ways with the art of book making.

The photographer, the designer and the distributor must create a coercive force in order to pull out the best of a photobook. Rorhof is an award-winning studio run by author and artist Nicoló Degiorgis. Based in Italy, working locally but distributing globally, the workflow adopted by Rorhof comprises each step involved in the production of a photobook: the research, the shooting, the editing, the designing, the production and the distribution, as well as new ways to incorporate books into exhibition spaces.

The workshop will cover the different steps that were necessary for the development and the creation of a book: idea cultivation, concept development, editing and design, production, as well as distribution and promotion of photobooks in order to give each student the practical tools for creating his own book.

Individual Reviews
Nicoló Degiorgis will also give individual review sessions (45—60min) to each photographer, focusing on their projects with the aim of giving advises in order to proceed with the development of a book project.

This workshop is for participants that have a body of work that is ready to be translated into a photobook. Open to artists, designers, photographers who have a keen interest in how books are conceived, produced, and distributed.

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About Rorhof
Rorhof is a studio and publishing house run by Michele and Nicoló Degiorgis. It is based in an old farm built in 1468 and located in the city of Bolzano Bozen in the north of Italy. Rorhof has been founded by photographer Nicoló Degiorgis and producer Eleonora Matteazzi. Starting from a self-publishing project the publishing house develops and publishes artist books, multiples and exhibition catalogues with a coherent curatorial and editorial approach that gives the same importance to the visual as well as to conceptual aspect. Rorhof also produces exhibitions and workshops with the aim of promoting the art of book making.

About the Instructor
Nicoló Degiorgis is a photographer trained in documentary traditions. He runs the independent publishing house Rorhof and teaches photography at the Faculty of Arts and Design of the University of Bolzano and inside the prison of Bolzano. After completing his studies in Chinese at Ca’ Foscari University in Venice, he moved to Hong Kong for work and later to Beijing to resume his studies at Capital Normal University. He interned at Magnum Photos in Paris for six months and was awarded a 2008/09 Fabrica fellowship, Benetton’s communication research centre in Treviso.

In 2009 he worked as a researcher on immigration issues at the University of Trieste and was granted a one year artist-residency in Venice at the art fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa. In the same year he joined photo agency Contrasto and engaged in an intense period of editorial assignments for major international magazines, documenting various events, from art biennales to the Arab Spring. In 2011, the US photo magazine Photo District News ranked him among the thirty emerging photographers to watch. Since 2013 he teaches photography inside the prison of Bolzano.

Each workshop is limited to 15 participants. Students are required to present valid student ID card.
Participants will need to submit the following to after registering.

  1. Your name, address and email.
  2. 10 images representative of your photographic work.
  3. A short statement about why you’d like to take the workshop [150 words in English]
  4. A short bio about yourself and your relationship to photography [100 words]