Rob Hornstra is a pioneer of innovative ways of funding and publishing of his own photographic stories. We are delighted to welcome Rob back seven years after his first workshop for Redeye, one of our most popular and highest-rated events. This is an exclusive one-day DIY publishing masterclass for photographers, designers and artists who want to learn more about how to construct and present long-term photography projects. Using examples of his experience as a documentary photographer, Rob will show you how to develop strategies for the presentation, funding and publication of specific projects.

Feedback from our last workshop with Rob:

"It was a great day and an inspiration. It's good to hear a successful professional talk so openly and in depth about their practice and the array of topics covered was fairly comprehensive. As a photography student, the talk was particularly apt as it offers real insight into the possibility of a career in photography post-graduation. It was an incredibly helpful event and has made me realize, even more than ever, that perseverance, a positive attitude to the medium as a vocation and a sound business acumen are vital components to being a photographer. It's fine to be able to make a good body of work but there is a need to know what to do with it, where to take it and how to make it public. This workshop certainly opened my eyes to this."

"I really enjoyed the event. I learnt that if you want to really excel in a particular area you should concentrate on that and develop your own style. I have heard this many times before but Rob convinced me of it. This may help me a great deal in the long run."

Workshop Contents
Over the course of a day, Rob will outline how the Internet and digital printing techniques have opened up endless possibilities for self-published work. The curriculum will also address how to attract an audience to your project, collaboration between photographers and writers, crowdfunding and the process of slow journalism. This workshop’s primary objective is to help students become independent, liberated photographers and publishers with the confidence to share their stories with the world.

  • Self-publishing: books and newspapers. 
  • Crowdfunding (dos and don’ts)
  • Funding
  • Marketing and distribution
  • How to work with designers, writers, photo editors and curators

Who is it for?
This event is for anyone interested in Rob’s work, documentary photography techniques and processes, and self-publishing. Early booking recommended.

Rob Hornstra
Rob Hornstra, born in 1975 in the Netherlands, is a Dutch photographer of predominantly long-term documentary projects, both at home and around the world. He has published several books of solo work, produced documentary series for a variety of international magazines, and taken part in numerous solo and group exhibitions in the Netherlands and abroad. In 2009, Hornstra and writer/filmmaker Arnold van Bruggen started The Sochi Project, culminating in the retrospective book An Atlas of War and Tourism in the Caucasus and an exhibition that toured Europe, America, India and Canada. He is the founder and former artistic director of FOTODOK – Space for Documentary Photography. Four times per year he runs a popular live talkshow about photo books in his hometown Utrecht. He is head of the photography department at the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague.

10:00 until 17:00 on 28 February 2018. Doors open at 09:30.

Manchester City Centre. The venue will be announced closer to the event date.


Please book your ticket using the links below. You need to be signed in to make a booking. A limited number of Early Bird Tickets are available for £65 for Redeye members or £85 for non-members. After these have sold out, Redeye member tickets are £75 and non-members £95. Lunch is not provided.

Please note our terms and conditions including our refund policy.

Image: Nikolay Zetunyan, Nizhny Eshera, Abkhazia by Rob Hornstra, 2009

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