How to self publish your book - Dirk Gebhardt

Topic: Self publishing books
Language: English
Duration: 3 hours
Education objective: To learn how to self publish your own photography book
Requirement: Participants should be working / planning on a self publishing project
Equipment:  Every participant needs up to 50 pictures (printed (small) and digital) to work with. Also, if possible a laptop with InDesign.
Location and timing: Spinderihallerne Magasinet room, Friday 19 MAY 9-12h



About the workshop

In this workshop you will learn basically all knowledge you need to self publish your own book. Starting from the crucial point of evaluating the relevance of your own book idea and editing the images to a convincing body of work. Defining of the audience for it. Finding the right book format for your pictures and your ideas. Basic layout tools and rules to design it. Paper qualities, types and easy and advanced ways of binding a book. The different ways of printing from budget to high class. We will discuss how to get an ISBN-number and why this is important, but also look at different ways to finance it and to sell.

This workshop should make you able to start with your own book and to have the right questions and the right knowledge at the different points during the process. Each participant will be provided with a small handbook, that they can use as a guide to self-publishing. Dirk Gebhardt will show some of his most successful self-published books of recent years as an example.

About Dirk

Dirk Gebhardt is a visual storyteller. He prefers to photograph in depth long-term reports on, in the media neglected social subjects. Since 1999, he works for international magazines such as Stern, DER SPIEGEL, DIE ZEIT, Republica and Time Magazine, but also for NGOs such as UNICEF and Amnesty International. He has won several awards, including 2002 the Otto-Steinert-Award of the German Society for Photography and several nominations for "UNICEF Photo of the Year" and the Joop Swart Masterclass. Since 2011 he teaches at the University of Applied Sciences in Dortmund as a professor of photojournalism.