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Making a Photo Book

Making a Photo Book

Leah Bendavid Val & Diana Walker

Thursday, May 16, 1 - 3 p.m

Price: $40 ($35 members)

This class is now fully enrolled. Email to be added to the waitlist. 

Recommended reading: Song Without Words, Leah Bendavid-Val


REFUND POLICY: Please note that we can issue class refunds up until seven (7) days before the first class session.

How do you turn a pile of photographs into a book?  This is a look inside the making of Public & Private: Twenty Years Photographing the Presidency, by photographer Diana Walker, edited by Leah Bendavid-Val.  We’ll discuss the many choices we made, from picture selection and sequencing to storytelling.  We’ll listen to selections from Diana’s interviews with Bill and Hillary Clinton reminiscing about selected photographs for the book.

This class is for anyone who enjoys photo books, and it is for people who want to make a book of their own—a personal memoir, a family album, or a book with a wider readership.  We will have a selection of photo books to look at.


Leah Bendavid Val is former Director of Photography Publishing for National Geographic Books and the author of two books on National Geographic photography.  She teaches photography publishing annually at the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops.   Based on her work with Russian photographers, Leah was invited by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars to work as a Senior Scholar, 2009 - 2012.  She is the author of three books on Russian photography.  Her next book, Siberia in the Eyes of Russian Photographers, will be published by Prestel Publishing in October. 

Photographer Diana Walker was a White House photographer for Time magazine during the Reagan, Bush, and Clinton administrations, specializing in behind the scenes black and white images of the Clinton family.  Most recently, she accompanied Secretary Hillary Clinton on a trip to Libya, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and several other countries, a cover story for TIME magazine.  Her work covering the presidency has appeared in European magazines and she has photographed features over the years for People magazine, The Washingtonian, Fortune, The New York Times Magazine, and The Village Voice. She is the author of two books of her photographs and has won numerous awards. Her photographs are in the collections of several major museums.  In 2003 the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, honored her with a retrospective of her work, “Diana Walker/Photojournalist.”






Promotional Period: 
May 16 2013
ISBN-13: 9781426201738
Availability: Not currently in the store – Usually ships in 1-5 days
Published: National Geographic, 9/2007