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Masterclass: Editing & Sequencing for photographers with dienacht Publishing [March 27 – April 3]


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Online masterclass: editing & sequencing for photographers with dienacht Publishing [Mar 27 – Apr 3]

For any photographer, the recording of images is the first part of their journey with a story. The process that begins after the camera has been put down is often more challenging. The photographer is required to reflect, to speak and even to write so that their work can have a full life.

In this masterclass by dienacht Publishing, it is the life and afterlife that we will be concerned with: this workshop series, comprising 2 sessions, helps photographers select, sort, and sequence their existing archives.

Session 1 will include theories and approaches to editing and sequencing photography for publishing projects, followed by a group critique session that overviews each project. Participants will be given an editing/sequencing assignment based on the work they presented.

Session 2 (1 week later) will review the edited and sequenced work, and include a collective feedback session. Workshop leaders will work closely with the participants and their photo projects, focusing on editing, sequencing of photographs for the intention of producing a publication (photobook, zine, portfolio, or other desired format).


This workshop is for you if…

  • you need feedback on a specific photo project series that you intend on publishing in some format;
  • you feel stuck in your project and need an outside look to find out what direction to take;
  • you need advice on how to finish your project, or take it to the next level;
  • you have an extensive photography archive, and you don’t know how to approach the editing/sequencing of your works;
  • you have very different photo series, and need advice on how to select and/or organize them in one portfolio.

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dienacht — a “three-headed night creature”

dienacht calls themselves a “three-headed night creature” as the collective works in three directions: a publishing house, a magazine and an educational platform.

dienacht means “night” and we are interested in everything hidden, shadowed, unknown. We seek to find it and reveal in the form of a photobook.

All these are focused on photography, visual arts and photography books. Within the °Lab they are offering photobook publishing workshops, project mentoring and curation.

dienacht Photobook Workshop map spans across Europe, Asia, Africa and North America. In the past 10 years they have hosted numerous photobook making workshops in Germany, Austria, Denmark, Spain, France, Slovenia, Romania, Russia, Turkey, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nigeria, Mexico.

dienacht is known for carefully crafted, often hand-bound books, limited and collector editions. We may say, their style is recognizable to some extent while every publication is unique and noticeably involves a lot of editing, creative and design effort. These books offer a variety of experiments with material, finishing and form, exploring and developing the medium.

View the record of our online open talk with dienacht

The Two behind

This three-headed creature is alive thanks to two people behind: Calin and Yana Kruse.

Calin is a graphic designer, photographer, founder and maker of dienacht Magazine and Publishing. He curates guest talks, lectures, makes photobook workshops and masterclasses around the world and reviews portfolios for photography and photobook festivals.

Yana is the editor and curator at dienacht. Studied Linguistics and Literature and has five-year experience of photo­graphy curatororship at Lumière Brothers Center for Photography in Moscow. During this time, she curated over 15 exhibitions and edited several photobooks.

Practical info:

  • Participants: limited to 8;
  • Masterclass application deadline:  March 25.
  • Timing:
    • Masterclass Session 1: Saturday March 27, from 14:00 – 20:00 (UTC+1)
    • Masterclass Session 2: Saturday April 3, from 14:00 – 20:00 (UTC+1)


  • Session 1 (6 hours)
    • Intro about dienacht: 15 min;
    • Theory of editing and sequencing: 1:20 min;
    • Review of each project: 20 mins per each participant (3h 40 min total);
    • Break in between: 20 min;
    • Q&A: 20 min;
  • Assignment Submission deadline: 1 day before Session 2  — April 1, until 15:00 (UTC+1)
    The task for every participant will be to edit and sequence their work. Dienacht team will review the works and present the feedback in the collective discussion during Session 2.
  • Session 2 (6 hours)
    • Review of each project: 40 mins per each participant (5h 20 min);
    • Break in between: 20 min;
    • Q&A: 20 min.


  • 220€ (200€ for early bird booking by March 20);

Application guidelines:

After the participation fee is paid, you will receive an email with instructions and a link to the application form (please check your spam folder).

  • No less than 30 jpeg low-res images (per project).
  • Short description of your project(s).
  • What would you like to make out of the existing project? What publication format do you imagine it to develop (a zine, a book, a portfolio, an online publication) What do you struggle with?
  • Your website / social media profile with photographic work, if there is one.

What people say about workshops, courses and masterclasses by dienacht

Shannon Randol, Curator at Baldwin Photographic Gallery, Assistant Professor of Photography at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU):

My experience with the online portfolio review offered through The Phooks and dienacht was very valuable.
As someone who is working on their first large project, having new observations is key. The feedback that Calin and Yana offered allowed me to solidify previous perspectives on the series while also considering others.
I would recommend that anyone needing feedback on their work, should consider participating in future reviews.
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