Photobook Design Masterclass (SOLD OUT)

Photobook Design Masterclass (SOLD OUT)


Apr 10, 2024 | 11am


5-Day Workshop: April 10-14, 2024
Advanced Registration Required 

Day 1: 9AM-3:30PM
Day 2: 9AM-3:30PM
Day 3: 11AM -4PM
Day 4: 11AM-4PM
Day 5: 11AM-4PM

The BDC is pleased to present a five-day photography book workshop with acclaimed photobook designers Teun van der Heijden and Sandra van der Doelen from the Amsterdam/New York-based graphic design agency Heijdens Karwei.

The main goal of the course is to learn all the practical aspects of bookmaking and how to problem-solve the medium shift between singular images to the book as an object in the current environment of photography. Subjects will be the editing and compiling process, concept development, design issues like choice of size, paper, grid, and typography, and the guidance of the printing process.

The workshop is designed for photographers with a substantial project or body of work who are interested in working on a concept, edit, and sequence for a book. In addition to images, participants are encouraged to bring other materials that could potentially be incorporated into their publication, such as texts, graphic elements, etc. At the end of the workshop, every student will have finished the dummy for their projected publication.

Aim of the Workshop:

During the workshop, Teun and Sandra will share their experience in conceptual work with photography books and photography book production, combining the points of view of photographer and graphic designer. Together with the participants, they will go through the main stages of book production, from the concept to completion. Challenging the students to think outside their framework and create a unique object that complements the photographers’ vision. The workshop consists of lectures, practical classes, and work on the students’ own book projects resulting in the production of a dummy book/publication by each of the participants. The workshop is divided into two parts. During the first part (day one & day two) students are encouraged to share ideas and spark creative genius discussing and thinking about concepts for each other. The second part (day three - day five) is more individual in which students will work on an idea conceived in the first part of the workshop and create a dummy. During this part, Teun and Sandra will guide the students and help with ideas, problem solving, and probably stitching and gluing.

What to Expect:

  • Expert Guidance: Learn from the best in the industry as Teun and Sandra share their insights and techniques for designing compelling photobooks.
  • Hands-On Experience: This in-depth, hands-on masterclass will cover all the practical aspects of bookmaking and walk you through the key steps you'll need to transform a set of single images Into a cohesive book. The workshops will cover the editing process; concept development; design issues like the choice of size, paper, grid, and typography; and the printing process.
  • Community Connection: Connect with fellow photography enthusiasts and storytellers, fostering inspiration and collaboration.


Teun van der Heijden and Sandra van der Doelen have taught workshops all over the world. Van der Heijden, in talking about their work, has said, “... the photo book represents contemplation, solidity, something we can literally hold on to…The contemporary photo book can be seen as a visual novel.”

Teun van der Heijden and Sandra van der Doelen are graphic designers and owners of Heijdens Karwei, a graphic design agency based in Amsterdam. The agency was responsible for the design of the World Press Photo yearbooks and exhibitions for more than fifteen years. Their award-winning photography books include Black Passport and Western Front – Stanley Greene, Diamond Matters and Via PanAm – Kadir van Lohuizen, Rape of a Nation – Marcus Bleasdale, Interrogations and War Sand – Donald Weber, War Porn – Christoph Bangert, Gold Coast and The Quickening – Ying Ang, REX – Zackary Canepari, Centralia – Poulomi Basu and recently The Poverty Line by Cow and Lin.

Sandra is the Art Director of Wordt Vervolgd, the monthly magazine of Amnesty International in the Netherlands. Teun is a professor of Visual Design and Hybrid Media at LUCA School of Arts in Genk, Belgium and a staff member at the Master of Arts in Photography and Society program of the Royal Academy in The Hague. They are also both faculty members at the International Center of Photography in New York.

See many, many examples of the photobooks designed by Teun and Sandra on their website.

Images: © Teun van der Heijden and Sandra van der Doelen; © Michael Young