Workshop by Gordon MacDonald (GOST Books)
Words and Pictures – Pictures and Words
4 days: 8 – 11 May, Riga


In this workshop aimed at both photographers and photobook editors, Gordon MacDonald, Director of GOST Books, will run a series of lectures, seminars and personal feedback sessions aimed at practitioners who want to know more about combining images and text.

The workshop will begin with a lecture on the history of photographers working with text and MacDonald’s own work as an editor and creative director of photographic publications. With a starting point of the basis of language, the alphabet, participants will be encouraged to explore the difficult balance of working between words and images. They will go away with a better idea of how they can use image and text in their work.

The participants must have a body of work they want to focus on during the workshop.

Gordon MacDonald is currently director of GOST Books, London. He was founding editor of Photoworks magazine (UK) and Head of Publications at Photoworks working with artists such as Oliver Chanarin and Adam Broomberg, Alec Soth and Stephen Gill. He is also a curator, writer and one half of the creative partnership MacDonaldStrand with artist Clare Strand.

Who can apply?

Photographers, artists working with photography and photobook editors. There are no limitations regarding age, background and photographic style. The participants will be chosen based on the strength of their applications.
The language of instruction is English.

To apply

Submit an electronic APPLICATION FORM and up to 12 images from your portfolio (you can submit photographs, text, scans of illustrations, drawings, etc).
Applications are now closed.

Participation fee:

240 EUR
A subsidized fee of 120 EUR is offered to the participants from Latvia.

With any questions regarding the workshop, please contact

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