Summer Masterclass


Join STANLEY/BARKER from 8th-10th July for a unique book-making masterclass in the beautiful city of Arles, France. 

This unique experience is designed for photographers looking to deepen their book-making practice, attain a new practical skill set, and advance their projects towards publication. 

Over the course of the three days, we will guide the ten successful applicants through the next step of your book-making journey, helping you attain a comprehensive understanding of the photo-book as a unique artwork in its own right. 

You will have the chance to discuss your work with Rachel and Gregory Barker as well as attend several focused lectures on sequencing, development, design and the importance of strategic promotion and distribution, alongside creative team exercises and critiques, all designed to give participants a holistic understanding of quality bookmaking. 

Gregory and Rachel Barker are experts in the creation and distribution of photo books, having published nearly 100 unique photo books in the last decade including some of the most influential titles of recent times. 

The workshop takes place during the weekend following the opening of Rencontres d'Arles, offering participants the opportunity to enjoy the renowned festival in the dates surrounding the workshop


Words from previous participants 

Rachel and Gregory understood my work on a level that nobody has since. They did not try to put their stamp on the work but instead were only interested in my natural instincts. Their intelligence and passion for what they do is immediate and wholly understated. It was a privilege hearing them impart their wisdom openly and honestly.  Their integrity for their art form was infectious. It gave me a renewed enthusiasm for the pursuit of photographic excellence. I left the workshop with a deeper level of understanding and confidence in my practice. - Ronan McCall

"What a lucky experience to learn firsthand some of the alchemy that goes into creating a first-rate photobook. Rachel and Gregory are well prepared, generous with their time and above all, inspiring with their observations and advice. And it was such a pleasure to be in a class with other passionate photographers. I learned so much from everyone. Truly a wonderful three days.” Lisa Barlow

'Hands down the best workshop I've ever done.' - Iona Marinca

To Apply

The STANLEY/BARKER Arles workshop is strictly limited to 10 places. Participants with bodies of work nearing completion are encouraged to apply by the deadline of 10th May 2024

Please submit a PDF from one project with a maximum of 15 images along with a brief statement via email to

If you would like to send your PDF via wetransfer then please include a download link in an email.

Deadline to apply: 10th May 2024

Acceptance Notification: 16th May 2024

Fees: £985 (50% due upon acceptance, 50% due 1st July)

Location: Arles, France

Accommodation, food and travel are not provided, and participants will be required to book their own transport and accommodation.

See you in Arles