re.think / re.use / approaching sustainable photobook making workshop — Impressions Gallery



This workshop, run by the Sustainable Photobook Publishing network, will involve the collaborative making of photobooks using re-purposed materials.

The workshop will be facilitated by the visual artists, and SPP network contributors, Ed Sykes and Tamsin Green. Through rethinking the process of making a photobook, participants will be encouraged to embed sustainable thinking into their creative practice.

Booking essential via Art Tickets or call the gallery on 01274 737843.

9 places available, tickets £20 each. Fully booked

What to expect

Please bring something with you that you have discarded as part of your own photography process, such as images, materials, test prints, or text. You will then be invited to introduce this contribution and donate it to the collaborative photobook making process. Therefore please bring something that you are willing to part with. All other tools and materials that you will need for the workshop will be provided.

You will be working in groups, and the books made during the workshop will become a part of The Sustainable Photobook Publishing network archive.

More information about the Sustainable Photobook Publishing (SPP) network and their values can be found here:


Any questions? Get in touch with Impressions Gallery by calling 01274 737843 or email

This workshop is running as part of our annual Photobook Fair: Sustainability and the Photobook.

re.think / re.use / approaching sustainable photobook making workshop — Impressions Gallery
Workshop session © SPP network

Workshop facilitators

  • re.think / re.use / approaching sustainable photobook making workshop — Impressions Gallery

    Sustainable Photobook Publishing Network

    The Sustainable Photobook Publishing (SPP) network is a group of photographers, publishers, academics and writers who discuss and share knowledge on issues around environmentally conscious approaches to photobook publishing in printed form. All of us have different starting points and ideas of what constitutes a sustainable practice.  Through ongoing conversations, they spark new ways of thinking and develop resources that support and actively encourage individual practitioners in their search for a more environmentally conscious approach to photobook publishing.

  • re.think / re.use / approaching sustainable photobook making workshop — Impressions Gallery

    Tamsin Green

    Tamsin (b.1982, London) is a visual artist and architect who uses walking as a process to make photographic work in the landscape. Her book making practice continues this dialogue with the environment, through hand folding and binding, bringing her into close contact with materials and processes. In 2021 she established manual.editions to explore environmentally conscious approaches to book making. Through her search for more sustainable practices the Sustainable Photobook Publishing (SPP) Network was born.

    Tamsin has published four handmade small edition books, these books have been exhibited widely and are in private and public collections, including the National Art Library at the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Tate. The books are also available to borrow within the UK via the manual.editions library.

  • re.think / re.use / approaching sustainable photobook making workshop — Impressions Gallery

    Ed Sykes

    Ed Sykes is a photographer and visual artist based in London, UK. Ed's practice focusses on landscape and changes to the environment as a result of natural processes and human activity. This approach is in conjunction with a re-working of photographic materials and a disruption of traditional photographic production. The processes and effects of climate change are often replicated during the image making process itself. 1000 Degrees used a blow torch to melt photographic negatives at a heat similar to the furnaces that propelled the Industrial Revolution. The work Hanging By A Thread pushed this same notion to the picture frames which were sourced secondhand and then the wooden surrounds were charred in a similar way to the subject matter of wildfires.

    Other approaches have involved sanding and abrasion echoing the effects of coastal erosion and also the use of soluble paper, the dissolution of an image in water, mimicking flood damage.

    Recently a recipient of Arts Council DYCP grant for a project titled Eco Matters and Sustainable Processes. This saw Ed travel along East Coast and some of Europe's fastest eroding coastlines, embedding a new creative approach to climate change, environment and the anthropocene. In 2021 he was nominated for Prix Pictet Award with his series 1000 Degrees a response to the historical, industrial exploitation of natural resources in UK.