PhotoVox: January 2021 – Publishing with Dais Books


SPEAKER | Shawn Bush

WHEN | Wednesday, January 13th, 2021, 6:30 – 8 pm

WHERE | ONLINE (through Zoom – link is provided in the registration email)

COST | Free for CPAC Members; $10 for non-members

*The member discount is applied at checkout now*

ABOUT | We invite you to join us for January’s PhotoVox with Shawn Bush, founder of Dais Books, as he discusses publishing. Dais Books is an independent publisher devoted to making artists’ books in small editions, often with handmade qualities. Each unique publication is a limited-edition object, stemming from an intimate and collaborative effort between artist and designers. Our aim is to showcase visual artists who are dedicated to experimenting with innovative methods of visual communication through a limited circulation of beautifully produced and highly collectible books. ​From its inception, Dais Books has been committed to raising the voices of artists who have traditionally been left on the  periphery of the fine-art community by funding and hand producing a monograph of  their work in direct collaboration with the artists themselves. From our staff to the artist’s and organizations Dais works with, we are fully committed to uplifting the voices of BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, and Womxn in Visual Art.

Topics covered will include:

  • Is the Photobook the right form for you
  • How to decide on an edition size
  • How to contact publishers with projects
  • What to expect when working with a publisher
  • What are the options to publishing


Lens based artist Shawn Bush grew up in Detroit MI, a city whose civic history and geographic location has profoundly influenced the way he thinks about space within the American sociopolitical landscape. His videos, photographs and in-camera large format collages are responsive to over-built systems, failing icons and crumbling mythologies. Bush earned an MFA in Photography from Rhode Island School of Design and BA in Photography from Columbia College Chicago. He is a 2020 Wyoming Arts Council Fellow, a recipient of the 2017 Lenscratch Student Prize and the 2016 T.C Colley Grant for excellence in lens-based media. His debut artist book A Golden State won first prize in the handmade category at the 2016 Lucie Photobook Prize  and is included in several noted collections, including the Griffin Museum of Photography, Benaki Museum and Museum of Contemporary Photography. A Golden State was published by Skylark Editions in 2018.  Bush is the founder of Dais Books and Associate Professor of Photography at Casper College.


PhotoVox is a monthly program offered by the Colorado Photographic Arts Center to help you strengthen your artistic voice with the support of other photographers and artists in the Denver Metro community. Meetings are held monthly at CPAC’s downtown gallery, and feature discussions led by local arts and community leaders. Three sessions per year are dedicated to portfolio sharing.