Posts from the ‘Workshops and Classes’ Category

Jason Fulford on Visual Language: How Pictures Speak to Each Other

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“Everywhere there is a grammatical mysticism. Grammar. It is not only the human being that speaks—the universe also speaks—everything speaks—unending languages.” —Novalis The single photograph, despite its specificity, remains ambiguous. The image is always relative to something else: another image, the mode of presentation, text, or the viewer’s own mood and memory. For this reason, context is an important tool for the photographer. Context can be used either to play on the photograph’s inherent ambiguity, or to clarify the photographer’s message. In this hands-on workshop, participants will discuss and experiment with visual language and the relationship between images. On day…

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Dawoud Bey: The Portrait in a Community Context

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In Dawoud Bey’s portraits, he depicts both individuals and communities. Through series such as Class Pictures, Character Project, and most recently, The Birmingham Project, Bey explores collective individuality while guiding viewers through social and historical spaces. Join Bey for a workshop on how to create effective portraits within a community context. The workshop will begin at Aperture, with an introductory review of students’ portfolios. In addition to providing personalized feedback and tasks for improvement, Bey will present his own work and experiences as an artist. The discussion will present conceptual and practical strategies for making new work, followed by a…

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Larry Fink: Choreographing Miracles

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Join Larry Fink for a workshop at Aperture Foundation: Choreographing Miracles.

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Elinor Carucci: Finding the Universal in Photographic Narratives

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Join Elinor Carucci for this critique-based photography workshop in New York City, ‘Finding the Universal in Photographic Narratives’.

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Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb: Finding Your Vision

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Alex Webb, Havana, 1993, and Rebecca Norris Webb, Blue Secondhand Prom Dress, Rochester, New York, 2012 Do you know where you’re going next with your photography—or where it’s taking you? This intensive weekend workshop will help photographers begin to understand their own distinct way of seeing the world. It will also help photographers figure out their next step photographically, from deepening a unique vision, to discovering and completing a long-term project, to translating a body of work into books and exhibitions. This is a workshop for serious amateurs and professionals alike, taught by Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb, a…

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Rob Hornstra: DIY Storytelling

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Over the weekend of May 31 and June 1 at Aperture Foundation, photographer Rob Hornstra led a very informative workshop on self-publishing a photobook. Hornstra and Arnold van Bruggen are the creators of The Sochi Project, a “slow journalism” series focusing on the site of the 2014 Winter Olympics, and the authors of the 2013 Aperture book The Sochi Project: An Atlas of War and Tourism in the Caucasus. At the workshop, participants learned about Hornstra’s process of financing, shooting, designing, promoting, and selling each of his self-published projects, allowing them to gain insight into the advantages and disadvantages of…

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Mark Steinmetz: Photographing Civilization

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On April 5 and 6, Mark Steinmetz led an insightful workshop at Aperture Foundation, grounded in the tradition of American photography. The workshop began with a seminar on the history of the medium, critically examining the works of Walker Evans, Robert Frank, Lee Friedlander, Garry Winogrand, Robert Adams, and Stephen Shore. Steinmetz highlighted composition, lighting, and thematic narratives, and shared many personal anecdotes from his experiences working with some of these photographers. He also presented his own photographs, discussing his experiences, inspirations, and publications. Each student was able to present his or her portfolio to the group and receive feedback…

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Lesley A. Martin & Denise Wolff: What Makes a Book Work?

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Over the weekend of January 18 and 19, Aperture Foundation books publisher Lesley A. Martin and editor Denise Wolff led a two-day intensive workshop on the process of putting together a photobook. Using a number of examples from their past work, Martin and Wolff led an engaging discussion on variables which impact the shaping of a photobook, including concept, format, materials, design, and sequencing. Participants were given the opportunity to share their own projects and receive feedback from Martin, Wolff, and the other students, leaving everyone with new ideas to pursue. From the students: “I feel the workshop was very…

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W. M. Hunt: Outsider / Insider

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At Aperture on Saturday, November 2, W. M. Hunt led Outsider/Insider, a workshop on collecting and connoisseurship. Hunt, a longtime collector, curator, and consultant who has been teaching for more than two decades, is also a natural storyteller: he expounded on his personal experiences and expertise before pushing students to articulate and develop their own tastes. Before the workshop, Hunt had asked participants to put together a portfolio of at least five photographs made by others, images they believed reflected their taste, were influential to them, or provoked them. During the day, he reviewed each portfolio individually. The course brought…

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