Paying attention to how you are binding images and texts together is critical to making a photo-bookwork. Binding, in the conceptual sense, is how the images and texts mentally form a connection to one another. This cognitive process works in tandem with sequence, which puts images and texts in a specific order to create a context for meaning to be inferred between them. The focus of this workshop will be the combination of images and texts to create juxtapositions and extended sequences. We will study image and text sequences as well as other conceptual structures in art forms like poetry, music, and moving images to support the creation of image and text sequences of our own. Throughout the week, students will make several sequence booklets as well as begin to develop an extended sequence. Everyone will walk away from the class with multiple book dummy layouts in InDesign, printed dummies, and a printed bookwork.

Many images from personal archives and/or found images as well as some texts to work with are required. A laptop with CS Photoshop and InDesign software is preferred. No previous InDesign knowledge is required; having some Photoshop experience is ideal but not necessary. A collection of writings on sequence and image and text in bookworks will be provided (for educational use only).


Tate Shaw is an artist, writer, publisher, and curator living in Rochester, NY. He is the Director of Visual Studies Workshop (VSW) and directs the MFA in Visual Studies at VSW for the College at Brockport, SUNY where he is an Associate Professor of English. Cuneiform Press published a collection of Shaw’s essays on artists’ books, Blurred Library, in 2017.

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