From Visual Narrative to Book: Crafting a Handmade Photobook with Kosuke Okahara

India –

Photobook-making is at its nascent stage in India.  Very few Indian photographers, other than the big names, are getting their work published. Internationally, publishers such as Steidl, Schaden, Daylight, Mörel Books, TBW Books, MACK and several others have been publishing photobooks and successfully exhibiting these in various photofestivals and art fairs, such as Paris-Photo, New York Art Book Fair, Fotobookfestival Kassel, Unseen (Amsterdam) and more.

Emerging photographers have not had easy access to book publishers in the past, but the proliferation of smaller publishers, as well as the ability to self-publish, has changed the photography bookmaking industry.  While self-published books are not new, the sophistication and aesthetics of these photobooks has taken the photo world by storm. As an example, out of the twenty books onlast year’s Paris-Photo/ Aperture First Book shortlist, fourteen were self-published.

This workshop is aimed at introducing photographers to the process of creating a handmade photobook based on a narrative project that they have been working on.


Project to Book Project: Workshop with Kosuke Okahara

Emaho Magazine for the first time in India launches a handmade photobook-making workshop, with the Japanese photographer and bookmaker, Kosuke Okahara.

The workshop will be held in Kolkata from 22nd to 25th April, 2014 and in Chennai from 29th April to 2nd May, 2014.


The workshop is addressed to both students and professionals keen to make their photography project into a photobook. Projects can be of any nature, personal or social, landscape, etc.

The purpose of the workshop is to educate photographers about the possibility of disseminating and exhibiting their work through the physical medium of photobooks. While the key takeaway from this workshop will be a physical photobook, participants will also be exposed to the importance of the photobook in global photography festivals.

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22 April – 25 April, 2014 (2 seats left)

Location: The Harrington Street Arts Centre
8, Ho Chi Minh Sarani,
(opp The American Consulate, next to ICCR)
Suite No. 5 & 25B, 2nd Floor,
Kolkata 700071, INDIA


29 April – 02 May, 2014 (3 seats left)

No: 2, Springdale Street, Prarthana Salai,
Injanbakkam, Chennai-600041, Tamilnadu, INDIA

Seats – Minimum Seats required for the workshop – 9

Maximum seats – 12

Tuition fee: Rs. 20,000 / $320 (includes cost of bookmaking materials and service tax)

Application Deadline – April 15th, 2014

Please Note

•Chosen applicants will be notified by April 17th, 2014

•Fees and costs must be paid in advance by April 20th, 2014

•Chosen participants are expected to bear their own travel and stay costs.

Please note that your final participation is subject to realization of fees and is non-refundable.



Send an email to MANIKKATYAL@EMAHOMAGAZINE.COM with “WORKSHOP APPLICATION: From visual narrative to book: Crafting a handmade photobook” written in the subject line, and attach the following:

20 to 30 low-resolution JPEG photos. Bodies of work / projects are preferred.

(Please note that each photo should be 800 pixels on the longer side saved in a zip folder. Maximum size of the zip folder should not be more than 5 MB.) Also:

•A brief description of your project (not more than 300 words)

•A CV or a short biography

  • Participants are required to bring prints (printed photographs), preferably printed to the size that they are hoping their photobook will be.




10:00 – 12:00

Presentation by Kosuke Okahara on the ‘Hows’ and ‘Whys’ of a Photo Project and its development into a Photo Book, sharing process insights and brain storming. The presentation will also cover motivations behind and in arriving at the photobook form, including size, material and finish.

Self-introduction of the participants.

13:00 – 20:00 (including short breaks)

Introductions by participants of their photo projects and intended concept of their photobooks.

Each participants will present their project and discuss what they want to realize in a photo book. This includes reviewing the images that the participants are thinking of using, and concept review.



Day 2:

10:00 – 12:00

Presentation by Kosuke Okahara on the marketing of the photobook.

How to distribute your photobook.

Edition of the photobook.

Good and bad past experiences.

Costing and pricing the photobook.

13:00 – 20:00

Participants spend two days creating their handmade photobook dummy. After  editing and concept creation, participants will be able to print their images on the inkjet printer that the workshop provides.

Participants are welcomed to try to bind their book by themselves with the support of the instructor. Participants are also welcome to bind their books with the bookbinders. Before the binding process, the workshop will have a tour where participants can find the materials they need for their specific book designs.

Day 3: (continuation of Day 2)

Participants spend two days creating their handmade photobook dummy. After  editing and concept creation, participants will be able to print their images on the inkjet printer that the workshop provides.

Participants are welcomed to try to bind their book by themselves with the support of the instructor. Participants are also welcome to bind their books with the bookbinders. Before the binding process, the workshop will have a tour where participants can find the materials they need for their specific book designs.


Day 4:

10:00 – 13:00

Participants finish their photobook dummies and prepare for presentations in the afternoon.

14: 00 -18:00

Participants present their photobook dummies in class. The session includes discussing concepts behind each photobook and how they correspond to the original photo projects.

ABOUT Kosuke Okahara

Born in 1980, Okahara grew up in Tokyo and started his career as a photographer after college, where he studied education. He has been pursuing stories based on his theme, “Ibasyo”, which in Japanese refers to the physical and emotional space in which one can exist. Okahara has been honored with several awards and grants, including the W. Eugene Smith Fellowship, Joop Swart Masterclass of World Press Photo, PDN’s 30 emerging photographers to watch, Sony World Photography Awards, and Prix Kodak in France. Okahara’s photos have also been exhibited in various venues, including museums, galleries and international photo festivals. He continues shooting the stories that touch him.




2013 · Festival Photoreporter en Baie de Saint-Brieuc Grant

2012 · Getty Images Grants for Editorial Photography

2012 · Finalist, European Publishers Award

2010 · W.Eugene Smith Fellowship

2009 · World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass

2009 · 2nd Place, Contemporary Issue category, Sony World Photography Awards

2009 · PDN’s 30 emerging photographers to watch

2009 · 2nd Place, Best Published Picture Story (large market) category, NPPA BOP

2009 · 2nd Place, Non-Traditional Photojournalism Publishing category, NPPA BOP

2008 · Special Mention, Prix Kodak de la Critique Photographique

2008 · Overseas Training Grant for Emerging Artists, Agency for Cultural Affairs, Japan

2007 · Nominate, Young Reporter’s Award, Visa Pour l’Image

2007 · 3rd Place, Freature Photo Gallery category, NPPA Best of Photojournalism

2005 · Grand Prize, Ueno Hikoma Award



Vanishing Existence · Special edition (BACKYARD PROJECT, 2013)

Vanishing Existence (BACKYARD PROJECT, 2013)

CONTACT #1 -Any given day- (KOW, 2013)


2013 · “Surviving for existence, Abkhazia”, Festival Photoreporter, Saint-Brieuc, France

2011 · “Kosuke Okahara et Jehsong Baak”, Galerie KJB, Paris, France

2011 · “Vanishing existence”, Corps et âmes, Polka Galerie, Paris, France

2011 · “Ibasyo”, Photoquai 2011, Musée du Quai Branly, Paris, France

2011 · “Ibasyo”, Kunsthal comtemporary art museum, Rotterdam, Holland

2011 · “Any given day”, Chobimela VI International Photography Festival, Dhaka, Bangladesh

2010 · “Chance”, Festiwal Fotodocumentu, Poznan, Poland

2010 · “Resistance -Darfur Conflict-“, Festiwal Fotodocumentu, Poznan, Poland

2010 · “Ibasyo”, Orange International Photography Festival, Changsha, China

2010 · “Ibasyo”, Fotografia – Festival Internazionale di Roma, Rome , Italy

2010 · “Vanishing Existence”, Salon Tokyo Photo, Gallery 21,Tokyo

2010 · “Vanishing Existence”, Power of Photography, Gallery 21, Daiba, Tokyo

2009 · “Chance”, POLKA Galerie, Paris, France

2009 · “Ibasyo”, Noorderlicht International Photography Festival, Groningen, Holland

2009 · “Ibasyo”, Sony World Photography Award Global Tour

2009 · “Almost Paradise”, Editors’ Choice, Ricoh Ring Cube, Ginza, Tokyo

2009 · “Ibasyo”, 10th Photo Gathering, Aleppo, Syria

2009 · “Vanishing Existence”, Prix Kodak de la Critique Photographique, Paris, France

2009 · “Vanishing Existence”, Chobimela V, Dhaka, Bangladesh

2008 · “Rebels on the edge”, TOPS CHINA, Shenyang, China

2006 · “Resistance -Darfur Conflict-“, FCCT, Bangkok, Thailand

2006 · “Resistance -Darfur Conflict-“, Osaka NIKON Salon, Osaka

2005 · “Resistance -Darfur Conflict-“,Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo

2005 · “Resistance -Darfur Conflict-“, Shinjuku NIKON Salon, Tokyo

2005 · “Resistance -Darfur Conflict-“, Kyushu Sangyo Unversity Museum, Fukuoka, Japan


Kiyosato Photo Art Museum, Nagano, Japan


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  • Emaho Magazine reserves the right to cancel workshops where the minimum participants criteria is not met. Students will be given either a full refund or offered a place with an alternative photographer. In the event of cancellation, students will be given at least two weeks advance notice.

  • Emaho Magazine reserves the right to change or alter the program advertised.

  • For International applicants, Emaho Magazine is not responsible for reimbursement of travel expenses in case the workshop is cancelled. It is highly recommend that refundable tickets are bought along with travel insurance.

  • Force Majeure: Emaho Magazine is not liable for failure to conduct workshops if such failure is as a result of Acts of God and/ or circumstances not in Emaho Magazine’s control.

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