March 16/17th, 2024, 10 am–5 pm



Photo book, book design, concept development, editing, sequencing, choice of materials, book binding, typography, layout, image editing, printing, production, (self-)publishing, publishing, distribution, discussion and feedback. 

Workshop schedule

16 March: Meeting at 10 am. Lecture introducing the work of a book designer and presentation of designed books, materials and production methods. Presentation and explanation of the individual steps from the concept to the finished book. Presentation of the participants and their work. Discussion and brainstorming, individual feedback.

17 March: Meeting at 10 am. Practical development of the ideas developed. Layout designs and implementation, either on the computer or analog, individual feedback. Finally, presentation of the book dummies or digital layouts.


Depending on which techniques you want to work with (analog/digital/hybrid):

– One or more photographic works as analog prints

– One or more photographic works as digital image data and a laptop/tablet with layout program (Adobe InDesign, Affinity Publisher or similar)


Fotografie Forum Frankfurt

Braubachstraße 30–32, 60311 Frankfurt

Language: German
Price members: 250 EUR
Price non members: 350 EUR
Number of participants: Min. 8 / max. 10 persons
Registration deadline: March 1st, 2024

This two-day workshop will focus on designing and realizing your own work as a book. The individual steps such as brainstorming, editing, material selection, layout, typography and print data preparation will first be presented, explained and discussed. In the second, practical part, participants will then develop, discuss and finally work out their own ideas (analog or digital). The aim is to be able to present a book dummy and/or a print-ready document at the end of the workshop.​​​​​​​

Victor Balko is a graphic designer specializing in book design. After studying typography and photography at the Offenbach University of Art and Design, he worked as an art director at Steidl in Göttingen from 2013 to 2018. In addition to photo books and art catalogs, he designed a new visual appearance for the publishing house. From 2010 to 2015, he was co-founder, co-editor and designer of Album, a magazine for contemporary artistic photography. In 2018, he founded his own studio, which he runs in Frankfurt am Main. His clients include renowned museums, publishers and artists from Germany and abroad.

Victor Balko (Website)

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