Wolfgang Zurborn and Markus Schaden

Saturday/Sunday, Oct 28/29, 2017, 10–6pm

Location: Fotografie Forum Frankfurt


Books, concept, editing, portfolio review

Workshop schedule

Day 1: Meet at 10 am, Fotografie Forum Frankfurt, Braubachstraße 30–32, 60311 Frankfurt. The teacher will give a short introduction. After the distribution of assignments, the photographers have the possibility to photograph. The filmrolls or chipcards of the day will be collected and given away for overnight-development, if needed.

Day 2: Meet at 10 am. The previous day’s work will be reviewed and discussed. In a portfolio review the participants own projects and ideas will be presented.


The participants should bring portfolios (10–20 images). Shooting with 35mm-camera or digital camera; we recommend working with a digital camera, but it is not necessary; if you will work digitally, you should also bring a laptop. If you want to photograph analogue, please inform us.

Language: German
Price members: 200 EUR
Price non members: 300 EUR
Number of participants: Min. 8 | max. 12 persons
Registration deadline: Oct 13, 2017

Photo books are one of the original means of photographic expression. They allow insight into the photographer’s personal view of his/her environment and should emphasize the unique quality of the set of photographs as a whole. The first step in this workshop will be to make an edit of each photographers images so as to underline a personal view as well as make a selection that is impressionable. Each participants portfolios will be discussed and artistic interests will be concretized.

Besides the selection of images, other parameters such as the dramaturgy of the photographic sequence, the layout and design of the book as well as the haptic quality of the cover all play a critical role in the process of bookmaking. How to get from the photo to the dummy, from the dummy to the book. Markus Schaden and Wolfgang Zurborn have created this special format to share invaluable knowledge and answer questions about the production of a photo book. Additionally a brief history of the photo book will be presented, revealing some of the highlights of the photo book world and giving detailed insight into editions.

Markus Schaden (*1965) is a bookseller, publisher and director of the Cologne based company He has played a key roll in the recent international photography book boom. Founded in 1998 has published more than 100 photo books, participated in numerous international exhibitions and festivals and organized more than 250 events and book signings. Markus Schaden was the Vice President of the German Society for Photography e.V. (DGPh) from 2004-2005 but is more well known for curating such photo projects as The La Brea Matrix, Los Angeles or Ed van der Elsken’s photo story Love on the Left Bank for ParisPhoto 2011. He was a member of the Editorial Board of FOAM Magazin from 2004-2009 and a Guest Editor of the second edition of the PhotoBook Review, Aperture Foundation, New York. He teaches photo book history at the Academy for Visual Arts KHM in Cologne and lectures at the FH Dortmund and at the Lichtblick School in Cologne. In 2014 he founded The PhotobookMuseum in Cologne.

Markus Schaden

Wolfgang Zurborn (*1956) is a freelance photographer, who teaches photography throughout at academies world-wide among others in New Dehli, Singapore, Jakarta, Berlin, Braunschweig, Dortmund and Florence. Since 30 years he has run the Fotogalerie Lichtblick in Cologne with the curator, Tina Schelhorn. In 2010 they began the Lichtblick School after Zurborn began giving workshops at the Fotografie Forum Frankfurt academy. Since 1998 as an executive committee member of the German Photographic Academy he is an advocate for the advancement of artistic photography organizing symposiums, exhibitions and portfolio walks. His photographs have been exhibited worldwide. In 2009 Haus der Fotografie, Deichtorhallen Hamburg, showed a retrospective of his works. He was awarded the Deutschen Fotobuchpreis in 2008 for the publication Drift. His book Catch was published in spring 2015 by Kettler Verlag. Some works of this series and the series dressur real were shown at the triennale RAY fotografieprojekte Frankfurt/RheinMain 2015 at Museum Angewandte Kunst in Frankfurt am Main.

Wolfgang Zurborn

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