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

  • February 11, 2021
    12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
  • February 18, 2021
    12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
  • February 25, 2021
    12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
  • March 4, 2021
    12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
  • March 11, 2021
    12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
  • March 18, 2021
    12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
  • March 25, 2021
    12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
  • April 1, 2021
    12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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 for 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).

This course is strictly limited to 10 students.
NOTE: This is classified as a “Special Guest/Master Photographer” workshop. We advise you to read the “Special Guest/Master Photographer Refund Policy” HERE before enrolling.
A link for the Zoom class meeting will be emailed to the attendees about one week prior to the start date. Please read the instructions included in the email. If you have additional questions please contact Kevin Weinstein or Janis McGavin at

Eight Sessions
Dates: Thursdays, February 11 – April 1, 12-2 pm PST
Enrollment Limit: 10 students
Skill/Experience Level: Students must possess skills needed to print digitally.
Tuition: $575 + added materials




This course will be meeting online via Zoom. We encourage you to install and test the software on your device prior to the class.

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