Timdaly Bookbinding
CREDIT: © Tim Daly

The Handmade Photobook – Bookbinding for photographers

Event info

POSTPONED - We will be contacting all those who have already booked to facilitate a transfer or refund ASAP. Thank you for your patience.

This course is a hands-on introduction to the craft of bookbinding aimed at photographers who would like to design and make their own unique photobooks. The workshop introduces you to key bookbinding techniques and is suitable for a complete beginner. During the day, you will make an A5 hardback book using traditional materials and techniques. All materials and equipment are provided, including bookbinding cloth, mull, card, craft knives, folders and a desktop bookbinding press. Although there won’t be time to print your own images during the workshop, we will provide you with dummy pages to use instead.

Day schedule


Examples of handmade books to inspire you

Overview of different bookbinding techniques and styles

Overview of different binding methods including stitched, screw and post and perfect binding

Advice on where to source essential materials, book binding equipment and papers

Planning the cover

Planning and cutting coverboards, choosing bookcloth fabric, glueing and using the bone folder, leaving in the press to dry & flatten.

12.30-13.15 Lunch

Planning and stitching the inner pages

Marking up and folding your pages; sewing sections together and glueing the spine.

Adding endpapers and assembling

Joining the cover to the inner pages, considering decorative finishes including endpapers, headbands and tape ties.

Pressing and finishing

16.00 End

Please Bring: We will be using PVA paste glue, so please bring along an old shirt or apron. A packed lunch or use local amenities

About the Tutor: Dr Tim Daly is Senior Lecturer in Photography at Chester University.

His specialist subjects are photography production and artist's publishing. Tim teaches on all levels of the BA Photography programme with special responsibility for practice based modules, and also contributes to the MA Fine Art programme. Tim has had many photography books published, and has been teaching RPS workshops for a number of years.


Event Organiser

Emma Delves-Broughton


Venue Information

Wheelchair Access


Cancellation policy

Please inform us as soon as possible if you are unable to attend a course as it is not possible to refund any cancellation or transfer to another workshop less than 14 days prior to course start date. The Society reserves the right to cancel a workshop 7 days prior to its start date - please check your hotel and travel cancellation policy as this may be affected.

If you are attending one of our workshops that involves a trip out, please ensure you bring all weather clothing and protection for your camera. Persons under the age of 16 are welcome to attend events but, to conform with UK law, must be accompanied by a parent, guardian or responsible adult.


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