Immerse yourself in tactile artistry.

Making a book is a significant accomplishment for a photographer, as well as a crucial step in establishing one’s identity. During ICP’s intensive two-week Masterclass in Bookmaking—part of ICP’s new global reach initiative—master faculty guide students through the multiple phases involved in the production of these complex and highly personal publications.

As students learn to conceptualize, edit, outline, design, and sequence pictures and text to create a finished book, they also have the opportunity to make a softcover or hardcover book or zine, which can be developed into a publishing project or a hand-sewn or accordion-style book.

This Masterclass features individual editing sessions, InDesign instruction, design tips, and bookbinding sessions. Lectures delve into a range of topics, from a history of photography books to the self-publishing industry to book proposals to working with designers.

2018 Schedule

Honolulu, Hawaii

Partner: Minny Lee Fine Art, 3569 Harding Ave Unit A, Honolulu, Hawaii
Dates: May 21–June 1, 2018
Class Limit: 15 students
Faculty: Sandra van der DoelenTeun van der HeijdenMinny LeeAlison Morley

Participants’ final books will be exhibited on the last day of the Masterclass at Minny Lee Fine Art in Honolulu, Hawaii. A public opening and lecture will give students the chance to meet with the burgeoning local art community.

Requirements: 100 to 200 small-printed (3x5- or 4x6-inch) pictures, along with any accompanying text that has already been developed; a personal laptop with Adobe InDesign software downloaded and an organized digital archive on a portable external hard drive. Application requires a project idea(s) and samples of the work.

​Application Process

  • Visit to apply online (unless otherwise noted).
  • Application fee is $25 for one or all modules.
  • A letter of acceptance or decline will be sent by email within 30 days after the deadline.


Two-Week Masterclass in Bookmaking: $1,900

Tuition is due in full 30 days before classes begin.

Housing and Scholarships

Students are required to find their own housing and transportation. Near-by housing will be notated upon acceptance. All scholarships are locally sponsored and are based on merit by ICP and on-ground partners.

TOP IMAGE: © Minny Lee