Skip to Content

Bookbinding for the Photographer: Sequencing, Printing and Binding Methods with Shawn Bush (Online Learning – Five Sessions)

  • Tuesday
    July 18, 2023
    9:30 am - 12:00 pm
  • Tuesday
    July 25, 2023
    9:30 am - 12:00 pm
  • Tuesday
    August 1, 2023
    9:30 am - 12:00 pm
  • Tuesday
    August 8, 2023
    9:30 am - 12:00 pm
  • Tuesday
    August 15, 2023
    9:30 am - 12:00 pm

Register Now

© Photo by Shawn Bush, from the book "Between Gods and Animals"


Online Learning Class via Zoom

Over the past decade, photography books have seen a resurgence within the art world, this time transcending their original use as survey or catalog to become ideal spaces and platforms to experience and disseminate work.

Through class discussions, demonstrations and individual research, students will form a personal vision of what their images mean in the book form. Our focus will be equally on content, concept, production & technique. The workshop will culminate in each student having designed, sequenced, edited and produced a fully resolved and realized photography book, which are constructed to impress potential clients and gain exposure.

Students will be given a list of items needed to purchase prior to the workshop. These are (broken up by vendor):

Bone folder #1 pointed 5” (1 per student)
Student Awl (1 per student)
French Linen Thread #60 (1 per student)
3M 415 Tape (1 per student)
Davey binders Board .08, 9×11.5 (4 pieces per student)
Arrestox B Cloth (1 yard per student)
Colorpan Paper 135gsm (2 sheets per student)
1 inch glue brush (1 per student)
Exacto/Olfa knives with replacement blades
Standard computer paper (1 pack per student)
PVA Glue (1 pint)
Woven Silk Headbands (optional accessory, though recommended – 1 yard needed)
#1 Bookbinder needle (1 per student)

Home Depot/Lowes/Ace Hardware/Hobby Lobby/Dick Blick/Amazon:
5/16” Dowell Rod (2 – 14” sections needed)
Elmers Glue Stick (1 per student)

What Students Have at Home:
Library of books and/or book press

Red River Paper:
*Red River 50lb Premium Matte Double Sided 13×19 GRAIN SHORT (25 sheets per student)

*Students must have access to inkjet printer or need to purchase these items. An alternative would be to use a different binding and have the book printed on a LaserJet machine at a local printer such as Kinkos.

IMPORTANT NOTE FROM SHAWN BUSH: My largest concern with this course is students cutting their text blocks (interior or guts of the book). Normally a stack cutter or guillotine is used to minimize any potential hazards that may come from trying to cut such a large stack of sheets with an Exacto knife multiple times. I would really like students to know that they need to get their text blocks cut at a local bindery or print shop such as Kinkos prior to signing up so that they could get the most out of the course. Without cutting the text block properly, it is not possible to case the books (place them in a cover).


Shawn Bush is a lens based artist who grew up in Detroit MI, a city whose civic history and geographic location has profoundly influenced the way he thinks about space within the American sociopolitical landscape. He is interested in over-built systems, failing icons and crumbled mythologies. Bush earned an MFA in Photography from the Rhode Island School of Design and BA in Photography from Columbia College Chicago. He is the recipient of the 2016 T.C Colley grant for excellence in lens-based media and the 2017 Lenscratch Student Prize winner. His debut artist book A Golden State won first prize in the handmade category at the 2016 Lucie Photobook Prize in New York City and is included in several noted collections, including the Griffin Museum of Photography in Boston, MA and Benaki Museum in Athens, Greece. A Golden State was published by Skylark Editions in 2018. Bush is the founder of Dais Books and Associate Professor of Photography at Casper College. His upcoming monograph Between Gods and Animals will be published by Void (Athens, Greece) in Fall 2020.


  • Five Sessions
  • Dates: Tuesdays, July 18 – Aug 15, 9:30 am – 12 pm PST
  • Enrollment Limit: 10 students
  • Skill/Experience Level: Students must possess skills needed to print digitally.  An alternative would be to use a different binding and have the book printed on a LaserJet machine at a local printer such as Kinkos.
  • Tuition: $575  (Become a Member today and received up to 20% off!)
  • Location: Online

A details email complete with the Zoom link will be sent to the attendees prior to the start date. Please read the instructions included in the email. If you have additional questions please email

We're sorry, but all tickets sales have ended because the event is expired.


If you are a current LACP member, please log-in before registering to get special members-only rates for this class or event.