Duration : 11am-4pm
Date : 29th November 2018

Price : INR 1500

Offset Projects and Valentina Abenavoli from Akina Books will be conducting a one-day Book Binding Workshop in New Delhi.

The workshop will be open to all on the basis of a pre-registration.
To apply please click here or on the link below:

The objective of the workshop is to introduce different binding techniques to the participants and make them aware about how these binds affect the reading of a visual book.

Offset will bring in all material needed for the binding process along with a small pop-up collection from our Library incase anyone present would be interested.

Please note that all emails for participation confirmed by Offset are non- refundable.


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From Theory to Book- Selected Participants

We’re extremely excited to welcome participants from the first of our series of workshops on book making and photography intensive! Selected participants for the workshop :
Akshay Mahajan (Goa)
Srinivas Kuruganti (Mumbai)
Harikrishna Kattragada (Mumbai)
Mansi Pal (Cambodia)
Krishanu Nagar (Mumbai)
Anushree Fadnavis (New Delhi)
Hashim Badani (Mumbai)
Martushka From East
In From theory to the book with Valetina Abenavoli we’re going to try and look at how one can work with the language and medium of the book format through reviews, editing sessions, parallel understandings through films, music and writing and via conversations and sharing thoughts about our collective work and process.
The workshop begins on the 19th of November and will wrap up on the 24th of November.
This is going to be a very exciting adventure we are all embarking on and Im so glad to begin the Offset journey with you all!

Press Coverage for Calcutta Then/ Kolkata Now

Some press clippings of the launch and review for Calcutta Then, Kolkata now with Roli Books.

The book can be purchased at all leading bookstores in India and through amazon at :
Buy Calcutta Then Kolkata Now Online

Calcutta Then | Kolkata Now Hardcover

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Roli Books (28 September 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8193750195
  • ISBN-13: 978-8193750193
  • Product Dimensions: 29.5 x 30 x 2.5 cm

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Outlook Traveller, November 2018 Issue

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The Pioneer  and The Indian Express

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Open Magazine

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The Sunday Standard, New Indian Express

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India Today Weekly,

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Verve Magazine : The most beautiful Books of 2018

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Better Photography Magazine Book Review

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In anticipation for the coming workshop on photo book making, get to know Valentina Abenavoli from AKINA BOOKS who will take your work through editing, ideation and conceptualizing as a book over the 6 day workshop with Offset Projects.


Italian, moved here and there, now based in Istanbul, Valentina Abenavoli works as picture editor and book designer of AKINA, an independent publishing house of photo books founded in 2012 together with Alex Bocchetto. After a degree in photography, a master in book publishing and several odd jobs, she realized that being constantly on the edge between awareness and reveries was the best way to approach photography: since then, reading and repositioning visual and mental images have been her main occupations, combined with video, sound and text.
In 2016 she published her first photo book as author titled Anaesthesia, followed by The Harvest, the second chapter of an unfinished trilogy around the subjects of empathy and evil. She participated in several group and solo exhibitions. On a side, she runs workshops on book making and works freelance as editor and book designer. In her free time she doesn’t sleep.

You can see the works published by Akina Books by visiting their website here



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We’re excited to launch the first of our workshops on Book Making!!!

Exploring the editing process in Photobooks

Participants should have a photographic project in an advanced state, not necessarily completed, which can be turn into a publication.
Applications including a pre-selection of 25 to 50 images should be shared by filling up the application at :

As many pictures as possible, printed in small size and belonging to same body of work, will be needed during the workshop.

FROM THE THEORY TO THE BOOK is a collaborative workshop aimed to find ways to read images: while exploring the endless possibilities of the editing process and its meaningful limitations, the workshop will offer a space for discussions and develop a method both creative and practical to make books, with a hand-on approach for the sequence and the design. In 5 full days, we will attempt to cover all the theoretical tools useful to build up a visual narrative in the book form: shifting the reading of a single image to a sequence of images, editing according to the concept and the intentions of the work, questioning the visual representation and the messages conveyed in the images, and placing them in a sequence. Collective feedback and trials will lead to discover possible pairs and sequences of photographs, understanding the potential of a photographic project and re-imagine it in a book form.

Every photobook is a self-contained universe with its own set of rules. The storytelling starts from the spark of an intuition, and it needs time and process to develop into a final form. During the genesis of a photobook, ambiguities and clashes, unexpected juxtapositions and riddles will emerge, revealing the pleasure and pain of visual language. Every picture will gain a different meaning when placed in a broader perspective of the book as a whole.

Participants are encouraged to develop visual and conceptual non-linear narrative and use text or other material. Engaging with questions around reality and fiction, as well as objectivity and subjectivity, the workshop will lead to better understand the approach to use in order to publish a photobook. Notions of printing, binding, designing and marketing will be covered.

You can also send in an email at for any further inquiries.

Calcutta Then Kolkata Now Book Launch

October saw the launch of our first book project with Roli Books, an Indian publishing house, based on the visual history of Calcutta. Offset Projects was involved in helping research and bring together local photographers and their stories for the book.

Calcutta Then Kolkata Now was formally released by the Governor of West Bengal, Shri Keshari Nath Tripati at the Raj Bhavan, on the 3rd of October 2018. This was followed by a launch of the book alongwith a discussion at Oxford Bookstore.

Calcutta Then Kolkata Now is available at all leading bookstores in India and on online formats.

List of contributing photographers by Offset Projects:

Abhijit Chakraborty
Anshika Varma
Arindam Mukherjee
Ayanava Sil
Chirodeep Chaudhuri
Devansh Jhaveri
Dhrubajyoti Bhattacharjee
Diganta Gogoi
Farah Gherda
Gautam Prasad
Gopi Gajwani
Karam Puri
Lopamudra Talukdar
Nilanjan Pathak
Parikshit Rao
Raj Sarkar
Rajib De
Ranita Roy
Ritayan Mukherjee
Saumalya Ghosh
Shilbhadra datta
Soumya Shankar Ghosal
Sourav Mukherjee
Sutirtha Chatterjee
Tanayesh Talukdar
Twisha Deb