Photo credit: Michael Itkoff

Photo credit: Michael Itkoff

Daylight books photographic storytelling workshop, led by michael itkoff

February 18th, 1-4pm
Location: Gallery Hall, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB
Cost: $60 CAD

This event is fully registered. To reserve a place on the waitlist please email us at exposurefotofest@gmail.com.

Join Daylight Cofounder Michael Itkoff for a one day workshop in Calgary living and breathing photographic storytelling!

Since 2003, Daylight has engaged in innovative photographic publishing and community art projects by re-imagining the documentary mode. Through collaboration with established and emerging artists, scholars, and journalists, Daylight has become one of the premier showcases for contemporary photography.

For the first time in Canada Daylight is pleased to announce a masterclass workshop oriented around photographic storytelling, with a focus on editing existing bodies of work and creating new work with the strongest possible narrative. This workshop is aimed both at refining participating photographers' portfolios into book-ready manuscripts and critiquing work shot during the workshop, relative to workshop discussion about narrative.

Culminating in an internationally celebrated print book program and a newly launched digital publishing platform, Daylight's evolution has consistently modeled recent developments in, and beyond, contemporary photography. From magazine to multimedia, daily blog to fine art books, Daylight has consistently delivered quality content through every available medium. It is with great pleasure that Daylight's Cofounders set aside some time to share their experiences and insights with a small group of working photographic artists, amidst an inspiring and retreat-like environment.

Over the course of one day, this workshop will offer participants direct access to the inner-workings of one of today's most celebrated publishers of photography, so as to better position one's work for presentation to publishers, strengthen narrative and support future photographic storytelling. Each participant will have devoted time with Michael to edit, sequence and prepare their project for publication proposal.


The workshop is addressed to both students and professionals interested in refining their ability to edit, sequence and shoot with narrative in mind. Existing projects and work created during the workshop can be of any nature, personal or social, landscape, etc.

The purpose of the workshop is to educate photographers about the best ways to edit and sequence existing bodies of work in order to enhance the narrative potential of the project. Additionally, an increased knowledge of the storytelling capabilities of a set of images will help photographers during the image-making process. Finally, through participating in the workshop, photographers will gain great insight into the world of photography and book-making in general.



Daylight is dedicated to publishing art and photography books. By exploring the documentary mode along with the more conceptual concerns of fine-art, Daylight’s uniquely collectible publications work to revitalize the relationship between art, photography, and the world-at-large.

Michael received his MFA from ICP/Bard College and his BA from Sarah Lawrence College. Before starting Daylight, Michael spent time at the Annie Leibovitz Studio, Aperture Foundation, and Rizzoli International Publications. Michael’s photographic monograph, Street Portraits was published by Charta Editions in 2009 and he is an Associate Professor at the School of Visual Arts in their Master of Photographic Studies program.