Every two years, VSW invites a dozen people to present serious ideas about photobooks as artworks at an informal assembly we call the Photo-Bookworks Symposium.

Besides the remarkable speakers, the audience at this gathering is likely to include many people as experienced in the field as those presenting, which makes for many dynamic and informal dialogues over the two and a half day event.

The Symposium is $100, $75 with any Summer Institute workshop.


  • Schedule

    Stay tuned for the 2018 schedule and speaker list.

    June 23, 2016, 5–8pm
    June 24, 2016, 9am–6pm
    June 25, 2016, 10am–2pm

    A detailed schedule of all of the Symposium presentations will be available on or before April 15, 2016.

  • Past Photo-Bookworks Symposia

  • Housing Recommendations

    VSW recommends the East Avenue Inn, 384 East Ave, Rochester, NY, which is just around the corner from the Workshop. To make reservations with 15% off the current rack rate for the dates of the Photo-Bookworks Symposium, 6/23/16–6/26/16 (or any part thereof), please use the following code and call or reserve online:

    The code is: PBW16
    Toll-Free: 1-800-559-8039
    Website: EastAveInn.com

  • Andre Bradley, Dark Archives. Courtesy of the artist and ITI Press.
  • Adrian Octavius Walker, My Lens, Our Ferguson
  • Daisuke Yokota, Taratine. Session Press, Sept. 2015
  • Alejandro Cartagena, Carpoolers