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Image and Text Sequence for Photobooks with Tate Shaw

Image of Image and Text Sequence for Photobooks with Tate Shaw


Image and Text for Photobooks
Tate Shaw
June 6-July 3, 2020, Online only

Workshop cost is $600, $575 for VSW Members.

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 a variety of image and text sequences along a spectrum from purely textual to purely visual 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 month, students will make several sequence booklets as well as begin to develop an extended project. Everyone will take away from the workshop multiple experiments with forms of image and text sequence in dummy layouts in InDesign that can be printed using on-demand, online printers.

Many digital images from personal archives and/or found images as well as some texts to work with are required. You will need access to an internet connection and computer with CS Photoshop and InDesign software and ideally a flatbed scanner for the month. No previous InDesign knowledge is required; having some Photoshop experience is ideal but not necessary. Writings on sequence and image and text in bookworks will be provided.

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.