Blurb’s Australian self publishing roadshow

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Published:  April 17, 2013
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Blurb’s Australian self publishing roadshow

Blurb, the world’s premier print-on-demand publishing company will be hosting a series of free experiential events across Australia in May.

The tour will be stopping in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, and will feature workshops, master classes, and meet-ups. Digital design and photography professionals will host this series of special events, bringing together creative communities, and allowing designers, bloggers, photographers and enthusiasts to get a better understanding of self-publishing.

Highlights of the roadshow include the Photo Safari, where urban and mobile photography enthusiasts and bloggers will be led on a free, three-hour exploration to discover the visual secret of the city’s alleys, backstreets, history and art. Photographer and blogger Dan Milnor will be setting assignments for keen participants, as well as providing professional guidance on elements including lighting, timing and composition.

The Pro Photography Book Sessions will provide a platform for responding to questions about self-publishing, and turning photography into books. Suitable for aspiring and professional photographers, Blurb’s most popular (and free) three-hour workshops seeks to provide a complete picture of the bookmaking process within the context of a quickly changing photography and publishing industry. This entertaining and participatory workshop will touch upon editing, layout, typography and cover design.

The Tools of Modern Storytelling is a discussion about how people are leveraging tools and technology to tell stories in both print and digital formats in compelling, new ways. Design, business, and creative professionals are invited to join Blurb for a bit of morning inspiration over a complimentary breakfast.

Blurb Meet-Ups will take place in each city with opportunities to check out an array of printed Blurb books, ask questions, and share a drink with the Blurb team and other like-minded DIY creatives. In conjunction with the Emerging Writer’s Festival, Melbourne will also host a Blogger Meet-Up to bring together the city’s leading bloggers to discuss how bloggers around the world are self-publishing today.

US photographer Daniel Milnor will be a guest host

Hosting the events will be professional photographers Garry Trinh and Daniel Milnor. Milnor is a former newspaper, magazine and commercial photographer, as well as a photography teacher and mentor. His work appears in various US galleries, amongst his 150+ self-published titles, and on his blog. Working primarily on long-term projects across the United States, Europe and Latin America, Milnor is Blurb’s ‘Photographer at Large’. He splits his time between Southern California and the spiritual landscape of New Mexico.

Local photographer Garry Trinh will also be hosting events

Garry Trinh is a Sydney photographer who has won several major photography prizes including the Sydney Life Photography Prize 2007. His photo book Just Heaps Surprised to be Alive was nominated for Photography Book of the Year at the 4th International Photo Book Festival at Kassel, Germany. His work has been exhibited at the Australian Centre for Photography, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Blacktown Arts Centre, Stills Gallery, Gallery 4A and many others.

An example of a book produced with Blurb's platform

Melbourne
Thursday 9 May – Monday 13 May
Photo Safari (Thu 9 May, 3-6pm)
Blurb Meet-Up (Thu 9 May, 6-9pm)
Tools of Modern Storytelling (Fri 10 May 8-10am)
Blogger & Friends Meet-Up (Fri 10 May, 5-8pm)
Pro Photo Books Workshop (Mon 13 May, 2-5pm)

Brisbane
Tuesday 14 MayThursday 16 May
Photo Safari (Tue 14 May, 3pm)
Blurb Meet-Up (Tue 14 May, 6-9pm)
Tools of Modern Storytelling Workshop (Thu 16 May, 8-10am)
Pro Photo Books Workshop (Thu 16 May, 2-5pm)

Sydney
Tuesday 21 MayThursday 23 May
Pro Photo Books Workshop (Sunday 19 May 1pm)
Photo Safari (Tue 21 May, 3pm)
Blurb Meet-Up (Tue 21 May, 6-9pm)
Tools of Modern Storytelling (Thurs 23 May, 8am)

Spaces are strictly limited, so be sure to RSVP at Eventbrite.

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