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Local businesses support The International Center of Photography’s two-week masterclass in Honolulu

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Minny Lee Fine Art
Hand-made artist’s books by Minny Lee. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Honolulu, Hawaii – Popular local publisher Bess Press and Minny Lee Fine Art have collaborated with the International Center of Photography, based in New York City, to host two lectures, a panel discussion, and an exhibition of the students’ final works of the ICP Bookmaking Masterclass in Honolulu. The two Kaimuki businesses are presenting several free events at the new independent bookstore, da Shop: books + curiosities. With events housed in da Shop warehouse, the emphasis will rely on process and how traditional books remain an indispensable influence toward the growth of education, culture, and the arts. The June 1 Panel Discussion could prove very useful for local artists and civic-minded individuals and organizations that seek to create and then publish a book of their art or message or both.

Minny Lee Fine Art
Inside of da Shop: books + curiosities. Photo by Minny Lee.

In late May, the International Center of Photography, will hold a two-week Masterclass in Bookmaking at Minny Lee Fine Art in Honolulu. The faculty member includes award winning editor Alison Morley, Director of International Programs and Chair Emeritus – Documentary Practice and Visual Journalism Program at ICP, award-winning design team, Teun van der Heijden and Sandra van der Doelen of Heijdens Karwei in the Netherlands, and Minny Lee.

Students of the Masterclass are coming from as far away as Guatemala, Finland, Germany, S. Korea and Japan and of course from the mainland. Hawaii, too, is well represented as five students, three from Oahu and two from the Big Island have enrolled. The final works (known as book dummies) of all class participants will be on display before and after the panel discussion on June 1st.

Minny Lee Fine Art
Encounters, hand-made artist’s book by Minny Lee. Photo courtesy of Datz Press.

The class will help participants to learn the various stages of making photobooks. This is the first time that the International Center of Photography [“ICP”] (NY), which was founded in 1974 by Cornell Capa, will hold a program in Hawaii. ICP is known as the world’s leading institution dedicated to photography and visual culture.

Bess Press Inc. is a family owned media and publishing company located in Kaimuki. Since 1979, Bess Press has been creating and developing content about Hawai‘i and the greater Pacific. Today, the Press has grown to become a leading content publisher in Hawaiian and Pacific Island studies, as well as a variety of other genres that focus on the local cultures making up Hawai‘i.

Minny Lee established Minny Lee Fine Art in January of this year with goals of supporting the local arts community and promoting photography and handmade books. Coincidentally, Lee, like Bess, came to Hawaii from New York, Lee upon graduating from the International Center of Photography-Bard Master of Fine Arts in Advanced Photographic Studies.

Public Programs
All programs are free and open to the public.

Lecture: The Big Picture—Balancing Design and Content with Teun van der Heijden
Wednesday, May 23, 6-8pm
Lecture and reception

Lecture: Vision and Style—The Art of the Hand-Made Book with Minny Lee
Tuesday, May 29, 6-8pm
Lecture, book signing and reception

Panel Discussion: Artist Books: Process, Publication and Promotion
Friday, June 1, 7-8pm
Moderator: Alison Morley; panelists will include Benjamin “Buddy” Bess, David DeLuca, Teun van der Heijden and Minny Lee

Exhibition: ICP Masterclass Student Books
Friday, June 1, 6-9pm
Exhibition and reception

Programs will be held at da Shop: books + curiosities, located at
3565 Harding Ave, Honolulu, HI 96816

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To learn about ICP Masterclasses, visit:

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