This site requires Javascript enabled to operate correctly. Please enable Javascript in your browser, or click here

The Photography Book In You

17th - 20th September, 2024 - with Paul Gallagher FRPS and Michael Pilkington FRPS - Settle, Yorkshire - Fully Booked - Join The Waiting List

For many photographers, seeing their finished work is the pinnacle of the photographic journey, and holding a print in your hand or gazing at the completed image on your screen holds a sense of completion, a warm feeling of success. What is often considered as the holy grail of a photographers’ accomplishments is creating a book that will outlive any screen images and will be there for many years. This retreat is about creating that experience. A book of your unique work.

For many pho­tog­ra­phers, see­ing their fin­ished work is the pin­na­cle of the pho­to­graph­ic jour­ney, and hold­ing a print in your hand or gaz­ing at the com­plet­ed image on your screen holds a sense of com­ple­tion, a warm feel­ing of suc­cess. A pro­gres­sion from this is if you have embraced an affin­i­ty with a par­tic­u­lar loca­tion and as the years go by your explo­ration of that sub­ject has been refined and becomes more of a per­son­al com­mu­nion. These images will have in them more about you and how you have react­ed to the sub­ject, your heart­felt inter­pre­ta­tion, and slow­ly but sure­ly, they will coa­lesce as a wider state­ment of what it means to you.

This cohe­sion is an incred­i­bly spe­cial expe­ri­ence for the pho­tog­ra­ph­er. Rather than an indi­vid­ual image stand­ing out with pride of place, a com­pi­la­tion of images deliv­ers a more in-depth mes­sage about you and why you made the pho­tographs. A col­lec­tion of work such as this is wor­thy of being shared. The many hours of effort, the time spent trav­el­ling and embrac­ing of dif­fer­ent ways of see­ing all come togeth­er as a uni­fied body of work.

At this junc­ture you may feel com­pelled to hold a small exhi­bi­tion to share your work and your expe­ri­ences, but what is often con­sid­ered as the holy grail of a pho­tog­ra­phers’ accom­plish­ments is cre­at­ing a book that will out­live any screen images and will be there many years after the exhi­bi­tion has been packed away and the doors are closed. This retreat is about cre­at­ing that expe­ri­ence. A book of your unique work.

We have nev­er once met a pho­tog­ra­ph­er who has not want­ed to make a book of their work to be hand­ed to friends and loved ones, and to be held in pos­ter­i­ty for decades to come. A book with your cho­sen title, and most impor­tant­ly, your name on the cov­er. The ini­tial com­pre­hen­sion of this is some­times quick­ly dis­card­ed as an unob­tain­able dream, or even worse, doubt­ing the qual­i­ty of your images being wor­thy of pre­sen­ta­tion on a print­ed page.

We have been work­ing with pho­tog­ra­phers for many years and help­ing them attain dreams they thought out of reach. In fact, the cre­ation of a book needn’t be as daunt­ing as it may ini­tial­ly appear. Paul Gal­lagher and Michael Pilk­ing­ton have been through this process many times and are ful­ly accom­plished in the jour­ney and chal­lenges need­ed to cre­ate a dis­tinc­tive body of work in the form of a beau­ti­ful book.

We have cho­sen the Fal­con Manor as a place of sanc­tu­ary and reflec­tion. A place where we can relax, share ideas and hold con­ver­sa­tions about your work, and togeth­er, see your books grow and flour­ish. The first view­ers of your emerg­ing book will be the Retreat group on the very same jour­ney. There will be no judge­ment, and your work and approach is yours alone, so no one can be wrong as we embrace free­dom of expres­sion. We want to engage in ques­tions, con­ver­sa­tion and intrigue. 

Through­out the Retreat you will have Paul Gal­lagher and Michael Pilk­ing­ton on hand to share and dis­cuss your book, guide you through any image inter­pre­ta­tion and sequenc­ing of images to ensure the feel’ of the book is per­fect and reflects how you want oth­ers to expe­ri­ence your work. Dur­ing our time togeth­er you will enjoy the high­est qual­i­ty accom­mo­da­tion, fine meals which are all includ­ed, and we will have our own pri­vate meet­ing room where Paul and Michael will share their expe­ri­ences of book projects through relax­ing lectures.

The con­clu­sion of this retreat will be a 26 page hard back book print­ed on heavy­weight paper to the high­est stan­dards and which will serve as the epit­o­me of your ded­i­ca­tion to your craft as a visu­al artist and an object to be held and pored over for many years to come. As your­self this ques­tion, Will you ever make a book of your photography?”

To cre­ate your unique book we will ask you to bring along a selec­tion of (say 20 to 30) images, both the ful­ly processed ver­sions and also the raw files. The rea­son for this is that when com­pil­ing a book it is some­times wise to re-process some images so that they inte­grate com­fort­ably with the oth­er images with­in your book. Also, we change and adapt the way we process images over the years and our style and approach evolves, so hav­ing the raw file avail­able enables us to cre­ate a body of work that is cohesive.

Some of you may want to add some words to the pages of your book. This is some­thing to con­sid­er before we get togeth­er. It may be a short descrip­tion of what the project or work means to you, or sim­ply a ded­i­ca­tion or short state­ment. Either way, it is up to you, and if your book sim­ply bears your name and its title, then that is that is fine also. Paul and Michael will be using the pub­lish­ers book design tool through­out the retreat which can be used to redesigned and alter your book at any time as it evolves dur­ing its cre­ation. On con­clu­sion of the Retreat your design will be com­plete and your book will be sent off to the print­ers and soon after will be post­ed to you in all its glo­ry to be enjoyed for many years to come.

4 Days

2 Leaders and a maximum of 6 clients

None. We will be based at the hotel and our meeting room for the duration of the workshop.

The Falcon Manor, Settle, Yorkshire

View Accommodation

The price includes extensive one to one tuition during the workshop, accommodation (on a full board basis). No single occupancy supplement. Travel during the workshop. Free access to the online course 'Making the Print'. A professionally printed and bound 26 page book from our independent supplier.

Travel to and from Settle, Yorkshire, and personal bills such as bar bills.

Travel Insurance.

Join The Waiting List

The Photography Book In You