Demystifying the Creation of a Photobook 
Information session with Charles-Frédérick Ouellet and Anne-Marie Proulx
— 21 February 2020, 9am-12pm

What forms can a photobook take? How long does it take to make one? Is it necessary to work with a publisher? Where can it be printed? How much does it cost? What is its market? How does it circulate?

This information session will answer various questions around the creation and life of a photobook. It will address the different steps of conceptualizing, fabricating, and distributing a book. Examples of maquettes and publications from VU and our members will be presented. Administrative tools (budget, schedule, etc.) will also be shared during the session.

Charles-Frédérick Ouellet and Anne-Marie Proulx are in charge of VU’s publishing activities, and both have artistic practices in photography exploring the book form.

American space (large gallery) at VU

Half-day (9 a.m.–12 p.m.)

Price and registration
This information session is free for VU members. Participants must be members at the time of registration.
Register at or onsite on the day of the information session.
(Real value: $200)

The information session will be in French.


 Thoughts, Instinct, and Process 
Collective workshop with Cristian Ordóñez
— 21–23 February 2020 

This two-and-a-half-day collective workshop will allow participating artists to develop an existing photographic project into book form. It is a great opportunity to learn from the experience of an artist recognized for his publications, and to benefit from his guidance as well as from the exchange between participants.

With a personalized approach, Cristian Ordóñez will accompany the artists through image selection, sequencing, and design. The workshop will take place as follows:

Day 1 (1–7 p.m.): artist and participant introductions; discussions around book dummies during a public 5 à 7
Day 2 (9 a.m.–7 p.m.): collective work sessions around each participant’s work
Day 3 (9 a.m.–7 p.m.): individual work sessions, personalized support, and collective sharing of outcomes

Cristian Ordóñez’s work is a dialogue between photography, graphic design, and printed matter. Born in Santiago, Chile, in 1976, he is based in Toronto. His latest limited edition, the self-published book Other Voices, was recently exhibited at the Benaki Museum, Greece, as part of the Athens Photo Festival 2019. His first book, A Way to Disconnect and Connect, was published by Daga Editions in 2017. Cristian’s work has appeared in exhibitions and publications internationally. He currently splits his time between working independently on personal projects, graphic design, and photographic assignments. He is also the Art Director for the architecture publication Azure Magazine and teaches Book Design at OCAD University in Toronto.

European space (small gallery) at VU—the workshop will take place in the gallery, and participants will be able to use the space for their explorations

VU will print two sets of photographs for the artists, and will provide tools for printing, cutting, and assembly during the workshop. The number of computers is limited, and artists are asked to bring their own laptops if possible.
It is expected that artists will also bring research material around their project.

Price and registration
To apply for this workshop, please fill our online form by 15 February at the latest (places are limited).
You should provide:
– A brief artist’s statement (max. 250 words)
– A CV
– Some images of the project that you are considering working with during the workshop
This workshop is dedicated to professional artists or artists in the process of professionalization with a photography of image-based practice. Places are limited, and applicants who match best with the aims of this workshop will be selected.

Number of participants: 6
Price: $125; the fee includes a $50 printing credit
Participants must be members at the time of registration
(Real value: $500)

The workshop and individual meetings will be in English; participating artists will be able to express themselves in French during group discussions.

These two activities are offered in the context of Assemblages, our annual workshop for the creation of book maquettes, which will take place 10–28 February 2020 with the artists Gaston Côté and Hua Jin (more information to come).