From A to Zine: A Supermassive Four-Hour Photo Zine Crash Course

with Jeff Phillips

Course Description

The handmade, self-published books known as photo zines provide an astounding opportunity for creative expression through a democratized platform. Because they are easy and inexpensive to create and distribute, zines can serve as promotional pieces for exhibitions, calling cards to send to curators, or products sold via subscription or in bookstores.

This four-hour program with Jeff Phillips helps creators at all levels of experience gain a thorough understanding of the photo zine making process, from concept to completion. We begin our exploration with a fun and fast-paced tour of the expansive photo zine universe, perusing the freshest new zines created by established and emerging contemporary photographic artists.

Every participant receives access to a free comprehensive resources guide, and through examples and hands-on experience, you learn the fundamentals of design and construction, such as material selection and options for folding and binding. We experiment with approaches to layout and production, including common software (and how to create zines using no software at all). Finally, we compare publishing options for your zine, from home printers to commercial services.

Whether you want to raise awareness about your practice, reenergize a stalled project, or test the waters for a photo book, this workshop builds your competence and confidence about making zines. Discover how easy it can to get your work out into the world!

Additional Information


Open to anyone interested in this special program.


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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.

Book Making, One-of-a-Kind
Jeff Phillips

Jeff Phillips is a photographic artist living and working in Chicago. He is interested in unconventional ways of creating, sharing, and exhibiting photographs—including zine making, digital projection, public art installation, and immersive/interactive experiences. Jeff serves as board president for Filter Photo and, since 2009, has helped produce the annual Filter Photo Festival event. He is a frequent workshop presenter for Columbia College Chicago, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and other arts education organizations. His work has been featured in more than 50 gallery exhibitions. Jeff holds an MA in photography and a BA in technology from DePaul University.


Instagram: @jeffphillips

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