Posts from the ‘Workshops and Classes’ Category

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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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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Richard Renaldi: Strangers in New York: Photographing People

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Richard Renaldi led an energetic workshop at Aperture on October 5 and 6 called Strangers in New York: Photographing People. He shared methods for photographing strangers—a focus in his own practice, such as in his series Touching Strangers. In the classroom, Renaldi provided students with subtle strategies for engaging with members of the public. Students then traveled to Herald Square, where they had the opportunity to work closely alongside Renaldi as they made portraits of people in the street. The course continued with the review of each student’s work and a discussion of techniques for improvement. The workshop was a…

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Workshop: Finding the Universal in Photographic Narratives with Elinor Carucci

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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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Workshop: Gail Albert Halaban: Portrait of Place: Photographing the City and Its People

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Join photographer Gail Albert Halaban in a weekend workshop designed to explore the relationship between people and place in New York City. Life as lived in any city is inextricable from the built environment. Many photographers working in cities are engaged with describing landscape, architecture, and urban spaces, rarely glimpsing the lives of the people who occupy those spaces, while others focus on people and their inner psychology, missing the context of place. Through discussions of historic precedent in New York City (such as work by the photographers Berenice Abbott, Garry Winogrand, and Diane Arbus, among others) and a site-specific…

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Workshop: 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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Workshop: 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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