Who are you in relation to your work? 

Photographers are very good at creating images, but often lack the ability to communicate about their work and about themselves as artists. 

In this intensive online workshop/class, Erik Kessels helps participants to communicate more clearly about themselves and to empower their personality in relation to their work. Being an author and being a promoter of your work are two completely different skills. 

Over a period of several online meetings, Erik Kessels will prepare the participants for the possibilities and obstacles they will face in their professional career in the field of photography. The participants will work on several short written assignments to familiarise themselves with this facet of photography. 

On a more practical note, budget preparations, work processes and decision-making will be shared in the lessons. 


He is an artist, curator and communication designer from the Netherlands with a special focus on photography. Since 1996 Erik Kessels has been a communications partner at the agency KesselsKramer in Amsterdam/London and has created campaigns for national and international clients such as Nike, Diesel, J&B Whisky, Oxfam, Vitra, Citizen M, I amsterdam and The Hans Brinker Budget Hotel.As an artist and curator, Kessels has published about 75 books of his 're-appropriated' images: 'Wonder' (2003), the collection 'in almost every picture' (2001-2019), 'Shit' (2018) and 'Read Naked' (2019).

Since 2000 he has been editor of an alternative photography magazine called "Useful Photography" and wrote the international bestseller "Failed It!" He has taught at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy (Amsterdam), Écal (Lausanne), Raffles (Milan) and the Amsterdam Academy of Architecture where he curated a celebration of amateur photography.

Kessels curated exhibitions such as Your Pictures, Mother Nature, 24HRS in Photos, Album Beauty, Unfinished Father and GroupShow. He also co-curated an exhibition called "From Here on" with Martin Parr, Joachim Schmid, Clement Cheroux and Joan Fontuberta.

In 2010 Kessels received the Amsterdam Prize of the Arts, in 2016 he was nominated for the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize. Since 2019 his Carrera retrospective has been shown in Turin, Düsseldorf, Budapest and in 2019 he exhibited at SFMOMA. He was called a "visual wizard" by Time Magazine and a "Modern Anthropologist" by Vogue (Italy).




15 - 20 participants


$ 1,700.00 mxn + VAT


21, 22, 23 and 29, 30 August 2020


 11:00 - 15:00 hrs. 
(Mexico City time)


For the selection process, send until August 15th to the application form, minimum 15 and maximum 30 own and/or appropriate images (150 dpi approx. 1920px on the longest side, .jpg format or a PDF).

Each image must have the name of the author, surname and name of the series; example: Luis_Ruiz_paisajesperdidos-01.jpg and then attach them in a folder with the name of the author and the project. If you have an idea to develop during the workshop, send a description or proposal.

We offer 2 half scholarships. You can apply for them by sending us a letter explaining the reason for applying for the scholarship.

Ask about payment facilities, scholarships and discounts by writing to .

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Books by erik kessels

In recent years Erik Kessels has developed particularly interesting publishing projects, especially through his publishing house Kesselskrammer. In addition, various publishing houses have published books on his work.

In our bookshop we offer several of these publications for sale.