University of Technology Sydney

88014 The Photo Book

6cp; 3 hours per week workshop/tutorial


Photography’s longstanding relationship with books is marked from the beginning of photography’s invention. The birth of photography signalled the publication of Henry Fox Talbot's "The Pencil of Nature", an important photographic document which has since offered a foundation for considering photography’s interaction with the book form. Images as books and in books offer photographic practice a mode of experimentation and communication which rivals other modes of photographic communication such as exhibition and screen. The photobook stands in its own right, informing the history of photography, design and creative practice more broadly.

In this subject, students are introduced to the photobook’s history as well as to its contemporary importance. Students develop their own photobook while considering new ways of understanding how meaning is shaped by an image's interaction with text and the tactile engagement with the page.

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Spring session, City campus

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