Morten Andersen: Editing a Project into a Book

In cooperation with the Nordic Council of Ministers’ Office in Latvia:

A workshop by Morten Andersen in Riga:
Editing a Project into a Book

4 days | 21 – 24 October 2012 | Riga, Latvia

The workshop is designed for a small group of photographers who have a body of material that they have been working on for a while, and that they wish to transform into a book.
The participants will be working together with Norwegian photographer Morten Andersen.
The 4-day workshop will include an introduction to the tutor’s work, a discussion of participants’ projects, and practical work on the editing and layout of their books. We will also speak about the ways and strategies of self-publishing. By the end of the workshop, each participant will have come up with the layout and produced a book dummy, which will be presented to the public at the last evening open session.

“Common for all my work, the motivation for photographing comes from curiosity and the desire to explore and investigate places and environments - be it the Oslo underground rock scene, Norwegian forests, my own neighbourhood, or international cities. Since 1999, the photobook has been my main medium for showing my work. Since then I have made and published 12 books, most of them self-published. Besides being an object of art in itself, the book is a democratic, accessible and intimate medium where the sum of the single images and the editing creates a larger whole that, like in a novel or a film, makes a story that can bring you to a new place and experiences. “ - M.A.

© Morten Andersen

For whom?
Participation in this workshop is based on a competition of projects and motivation letters. The students must have a project that they have been working on for a while, with the material that they wish to transform into a book. There are no limitations regarding background, practical interests in photography and age.
The language of instruction is English. There will be a maximum of 12 participants.

Morten Andersen was born in Akershus, Norway 1965. Started making fanzines and taking pictures of friends in punk rock bands at the age of 15. Continued shooting for bands and the Norwegian press during the 1980s, also worked in the darkroom at a daily newspaper in Oslo. Moved to New York and studied at International Center of Photography in 1990, where his teachers included photographers like Joan Liftin, Nan Goldin, Ken Schles and Larry Clark. Had an internship with Magnum photographer Gilles Peress. Had his first solo exhibition at Fotogalleriet in Oslo in 1992, since then has had solo and group shows in New Zealand, France, Germany, Greece, Russia, Italy, Austria, Holland, England, Sweden, USA, Norway, Portugal, Switzerland. Has published 12 books of his own work: Fast City (1999), Days of Night (2003), Oslo F. (2005), Leira (2006), White Nights (2006), Fast/Days (2007), ASS TIME GOES BY (2008), Blå Skog/Blue Forest (2009), Jetlag and Alcohol (2009), Color F (2010), M in M (2011) and Black and Blue (2011).
Lives and works in Oslo, Norway.
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Participation fee
100 eur / 70 LVL for Latvian participants
200 eur/ 140 LVL for foreign participants


To apply, submit an electronic APPLICATION FORM describing your background as a photographer and motivation for participation, and attaching 12-15 images from the project you would like to work on during the workshop. The application deadline is 27 September 2012, 24hrs (CLOSED).
Contact information:, t. + 371 27842875, + 371 29711721


Workshop participants:

Aija Bley (Latvia)

Amy Helene Johansson (Sweden)

Andrejs Strokins (Latvia)

Dagobert Hartmann (Germany)

Fabian Weiss (Germany)

Joanna Piotrowska (Poland)

Kārlis Bergs (Latvia)

Kristine Madjare (Latvia)

Kürşat Bayhan (Turkey) 

Mārcis Ruiķis (Latvia)

Sara Lusini (Italy) 

Viktorija Eksta (Latvia)


NB! 20 October at 16:00 - Morten Andersen Artist talk at Birojnīca, Berga bazārs (Dzirnavu iela 84 k-2).

NB! 24 October at 19:00 - public presentation of workshop results: 12 artists books made by workshop participants at Nordic Council of Ministers' Office, Berga Bazārs (Marijas iela 13/3)


The workshop is organised with kind support of Nordic Council of Ministers’ Office in Latvia, KKF and EPSON.