SFW Online

Your Personal Photographic Project as a Zine

with Jennifer Spelman

June 7 - 24, 2021

  • Tuition $595.00

Online registration for this program has closed. To check availability or if you would like further information, please call 505-983-1400 ext. 111.

Course Description

There are no rules for making a zine. It’s a format open to creativity and interpretation. These magazine-style, print-on-demand pieces are contemporary, polished, and affordable—perfect for displaying and sharing personal photographic projects. The possibilities for structuring images within a zine framework are endless, stretching from traditional photographic portfolios to more abstract projects that blend storytelling elements including writing, poetry, and personal journals.

Jennifer Spelman walks participants through all the steps needed to bring a group of images to life as a zine. During the first session, she shares examples of projects purposefully designed to showcase specific content and reach a specific audience. We then engage in group conversation about each project, addressing how to develop a creative brief to guide your own project through the steps of editing, layout, and design.

Curating a large group of images into a tight selection and arranging them into an intentional sequence can be a challenge for photographers, but collaborative brainstorming sessions and shared feedback makes this process fun. Once we a create a photographic sequence, we shift our focus to creating a dynamic layout in Blurb’s Bookwright software. After exploring elements of design—typography, integrated color schemes, interplay of positive and negative space—we bring the project to completion as of a PDF file, ready to be printed.

We conclude with a discussion on successful methods for distributing your new zine. Lively group discussions and targeted weekly reviews of each project ensure that you come away with the know-how and inspiration to transform your own images into a shareable zine.

Additional Information

WHO SHOULD ATTEND:
Amateurs, Advanced Amateurs
What You Should Know:

Participants must be able to select and organize images using image editing software for class sessions.

Special Notes:

Class will meet 9:30 - 11:30 am (Mountain Time) on Mondays and Thursdays starting June 7 and ending June 24 (six online group sessions). Enrollment is limited to 12 participants.


Zoom Video Conferencing software (available for no charge from Zoom.com) will be used to facilitate the class sessions. Further details will be emailed to registrants.


View updated Withdrawal and Transfer Policies for 2021 online programs.


Santa Fe Workshops always aims to produce a high-quality experience for our online attendees. That said, variables including regional and local internet provider speeds, traffic on Zoom's servers, and your own computing hardware can contribute to a less than ideal streaming event. While we do our best to minimize the impact of these variables, they are outside the control of Santa Fe Workshops.

Policies:

View Withdrawal and Transfer Policies for online programs.

For the convenience of participants, recordings of each class session are posted privately for one month after the end of each session. Santa Fe Workshops takes the recordings down after one month to protect the intellectual property of our instructors.

Categories
Book Making, One-of-a-Kind
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about
Jennifer Spelman

Jennifer Spelman is documentary photographer and member of the Jibaro Photos Collective. She is co-publisher of CubaSeen, a quarterly magazine showcasing photography and writing about Cuba.

Jennifer received her photographic training as an assistant with The Workshops, working with some of today’s most preeminent photographers: Jay Maisel, Norman Mauskopf and Joe McNally.

A sensitive photographer of people, Jennifer strives to create portraits with energy and insight. She is most at home on the streets of Havana and has worked with The Workshops across Cuba since 2011. Jennifer is a patient educator who has co- instructed with National Geographic Expeditions and taught workshops in Romania, India, Mexico and Japan, in addition to Cuba.

A popular workshop instructor, Jennifer is also part of our Mentorship Program »

Instagram: @jennifer_spelman

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