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Guest Artist Workshop -- The Photo Book: Structure/Sequence with Louie Palu & Julianna Foster

by Mary Tasillo on 2019-02-01T14:01:00-05:00 | Comments

Common Press is hosting a special photo book workshop on February 15, 1:00pm - 5:00 pm, with two guest artists – Philadelphia-based artist and curator Julianna Foster, and award-winning documentary photographer Louie Palu.

The Photo Book as an art object can be represented in myriad ways from limited self-produced zines/catalogs and small press publications to unique structures like accordion folds, pop-ups and altered books.  In this workshop, participants will be provided with book structure examples and insight on how to sequence images into a book format that best fits their idea, which will be produced outside of the workshop. An introduction will be given by each instructor on photo book projects they have created in addition to presenting books by other artists from various collections.  A hands-on exercise will provide some knowledge into sequencing and editing images as well as building mock up book structures to use as reference/resource material for future projects.

Space is limited. Please register in advance. Registration currently open to Penn students, faculty, and staff. Non-Penn affiliates may email or message us to be added to a waitlist should space remain.

Left: Work of Louie Palu; Right: Work of Julianna Foster


Julianna Foster is currently an assistant professor in the Photography program at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Foster was a 2014 artist in residence at the Philadelphia Photo Art, 2016/2017 finalist at the Center for Emerging Visual Artists in Philadelphia, 2017/2018 selected as a Community Supported Artist, a project organized by Grizzly Grizzly Gallery and self-published the book, lone hunter. In fall 2018, her work and two interviews with photographers was featured in the publication Constructed: The Contemporary History of the Constructed Image in Photography since 1990 published by Routledge Press. Other projects/publications include work in Conveyor magazine, Proof magazine, Cleaver magazine, Good Game magazine, she has exhibited work both nationally & internationally and is included in private collections across the country. In addition to her own work, Foster has collaborated with various artists on projects that include creating artist multiples, artist books and series of photographs and videos.

Louie Palu is an award winning documentary photographer and filmmaker whose work has appeared in festivals, publications, exhibitions and collections internationally and is well known for his work which examines social political issues such as human rights, conflict and poverty. The book by Yoffy Press titled Front Towards the Enemy is a deconstructed photobook, a project based on his coverage of the war that looks at the different ways he documented the Afghanistan war between 2006-2010.  Palu also created a concept newspaper titled FEDERAL CITY, a 10-year project that explores Washington, D.C., during the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. He is a 2016-17 Guggenheim Foundation Fellow and a Harry Ransom Center Research Fellow in the Humanities at the University of Texas at Austin. His work is known for blurring the line between art and journalism.


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