Publication As Art Form / The Photo Book

April 12 – May 3, 2024

Enrollment Closes: March 31, 2024

Publication As Art Form / The Photo Book is more than just a photography class; it’s an immersive experience that takes you deep into the process of concepting and completing a photographic book project.

What sets this online class apart is the exclusive opportunity for students to work directly with Dr. Craig Havens, a professional photographic and visual artist and guest lecturer Andreas Schmidt, a seasoned producer of artistic publications and editions. This distinctive approach aims to elevate students’ skills by combining technical mastery with the art of creating compelling visual narratives through photographic books and artist publications.

Key Features

  • Expert Guidance: Learn from professional photographic artists with a wealth of experience in creating evocative visual stories through the lens.
  • Hands-On Collaboration: Collaborate directly on your projects, receiving personalized feedback and guidance throughout the creative process.
  • Project-Based Learning: Engage in practical, real-world projects that focus on developing a cohesive narrative within the framework of a photography book.
  • Portfolio Enhancement: Produce a representative book sample of your photography series/project, showcasing your growth and skills in visual storytelling.
  • Personal Critiques: Receive constructive critiques and recommendations to refine your work, ensuring a polished and impactful presentation.
  • Community Engagement: Connect with a community of like-minded individuals who share a passion for both photography and storytelling. Participate in virtual workshops, group discussions, and collaborative projects to foster a sense of camaraderie and mutual learning.

Class Structure

Online Course with Flexible Participation – engage when and how you want!

You can view and interact with the masterclass materials, classmates and instructor at any time you choose. All class materials and lectures remain available to students for the duration of the course and for 3 months following the final presentations. Video Lectures and Content Modules are released each week. In addition we offer live Instructor Meetings and Critiques via Zoom. Even if you are unable to join on all of these dates, the meetings will be recorded and available for viewing and comment at your convenience.

– 24/7 Access to Course Videos and Materials
– Personal Video Critique of your work with Dr. Craig Havens
– Peer Review Feedback Sessions
– Group Discussion Forums
– Online Knowledge Base and Technical Resources


Course content consists of Video Lectures and Content Modules released on specific dates
You can view and interact with course materials at any time you choose.

Week I
April 12 – Launch of Module 1
Opening Zoom
9:00-10:00am PST / Group Welcome Meeting
Live Zoom Meeting w/ Dr. Craig Havens & Andreas Schmidt

Week II
April 19 – Launch of Module 2

Week III
April 26 – Launch of Module 3
9:00-10:00am PST / Group Welcome Meeting
Live Zoom Meeting w/ Dr. Craig Havens & Andreas Schmidt

Week IV
May 3 – Final Session

9:00-10:00am PST / Instructor Critique of Final Projects
Live Zoom Meeting w/ Dr. Craig Havens & Andreas Schmidt

For 3 Months
Open Online Course Portal Access

      695 USD               

Enrollment Closes: March 31, 2024


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Dr. Craig Havens

A visual artist and educator working in the lens-based media of photography, video and printmaking. Havens’ artworks have been exhibited internationally at venues such as the Weserburg-Museum für moderne Kunst in Bremen/Germany, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Antwerp/Belgium, the Armory Biennial in Los Angeles/California, the Nanjing International Biennale in Nanjing/China among others. Artistic Research and Lectures have been conducted in collaboration with the following institutions: École de Recherche Graphique, ERG, Brussels, Art Center College of Design, Los Angeles and University of California, UCLA, Los Angeles.

Andreas Schmidt
A gallerist and artist whose work has been exhibited and published internationally. German fine art and photography book publisher Hatje Cantz published his first hard-back monograph entitled ‘Las Vegas’ to international critical acclaim. His second photo book, ‘The City’ was also published by Hatje Cantz. Schmidt was a founding member of ABC, Artists’ Books Cooperative, and during his involvement with the group self-published over 77 artist publications. Schmidt is a regular guest speaker and panelist at institutions like the Photographers’ Gallery, London and New School, New York, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, and and has given illustrated talks at Christie’s New York Educational Department and museums such as Foto Museum Antwerp and Whitworth Art Gallery Manchester.