Doug DuBois: The Intimate Photograph

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Doug DuBois, Lise and Spencer, Ithaca, NY, 2004         “In the end, we may come to the conclusion that intimacy cannot be photographed directly (as we experience it) because, quite simply, the camera is always in the way. The trick, perhaps, is to understand intimacy as an imaginary space—an illusion that exploits our very real longing for a profound and authentic encounter with another.” —Doug DuBois   Join photographer Doug DuBois for a two-part workshop through which students will gain a better understanding of how to articulate intimacy and explore ways of creating photographs that demonstrate a…

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Raymond Meeks and Justine Kurland: DIY Artist’s Books: Design, Production, and Distribution

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The photobook landscape has changed drastically over the past few decades due to the rise of the self-publishing movement. In April, photographers Raymond Meeks and Justine Kurland co-taught a three-day workshop that walked students through the process of designing and producing an artist’s book. On the first day, Meeks and Kurland introduced possibilities for different types of artists’ books, followed by a discussion on how to develop a narrative arc, while showing examples of their own work. Special guest Tim Carpenter spoke about his book “A house and a tree”, as well as the small imprint he cofounded. Later in…

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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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Mary Ellen Mark: Developing Personal Projects

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Mary Ellen Mark, “Rat” and Mike with a gun, Seattle, Washington, 1983 For this weekend workshop, Mary Ellen Mark invited photographers to her studio to discuss how to develop and sustain their individual personal projects. Mark encouraged participants to share their portfolios not only to receive critical feedback, but also to gain meaningful insight as to which direction they might take their work. She made careful note of each participant’s background, interests, equipment, and, most importantly, objective. Mark proposed individualized suggestions on how they could move forward, telling all the participants, “You have to have a sense of what you’re…

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Todd Hido: Sources and Influences

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“Part of being a photographer is noticing surface details and how they represent something larger; it’s like being a detective or psychologist.” —from Todd Hido on Landscapes, Interiors, and the Nude (Aperture, 2014)   Nocturnal illumination, weather phenomena, and differing temperatures of electric light lend an eerie quality to Todd Hido’s unique landscape photographs and portraits. Join Hido as he shares his expertise in a weekend workshop for artists and documentarians alike. The course will cover the experiences, strategies, and influences that form and shape a photographer’s career. He will candidly present his own work and provide answers to the…

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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   For two days Jason Fulford guided participants through in-depth discussions and hands-on activities centered around the processes of editing and sequencing images. On the first day, Fulford introduced a handful of exercises using found images and words that were designed to open students’ minds and allow them to make new associations. These activities proved to be both humorous and helpful for photographers who wish to view their work with fresh eyes, aiding students in thinking unconventionally and…

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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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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…

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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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