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)   Cinematic structure, suburbia, Raymond Carver novels, ink-jet printers, Kodak film, and Lightroom: these are just a few of the dozens of topics photographer Todd Hido discussed throughout his two-day workshop, during which he presented personal influences, shared knowledge concerning photography as both fine art and a career, and explained his evolution as an artist. After presenting his work, he led participants in group conversations surrounding their…

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Rick Sands: Breaking The Light Barrier

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Gregory Crewdson, Untitled from Beneath the Roses, 2004         “I always call him ‘the genius of light’. He puts all of the lighting scenes together. He thinks differently than everyone else I know. He just responds to light. It’s remarkable.” —Gregory Crewdson on Rick Sands   Join master illuminator Rick Sands for “Breaking the Light Barrier,” a workshop for photographers who would like to improve their understanding of lighting—from conceptualization through execution. For nearly fifteen years, Sands has created elaborate lighting for the narrative photographs of artist Gregory Crewdson. The class will cover varied philosophies of lighting…

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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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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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