Photo Camp 2011
Photo Camp LA: Friday March 31st – Sunday April 3rd
Photo Camp NYC: Friday April 8th – Sunday April 10th
Thank you to the 72 students that participated in Photo Camp, presented by Aperture and Sony!
Earlier this month, select students from various universities around New York City and Los Angeles were invited to attend hands-on photography workshops hosted by Aperture Gallery and D.A.P. | Art Book Press, respectively. Held over two consecutive weekends, each workshop consisted of a day of shooting with a Sony Artisans of Imagery as well as a day of editing, including a one-on-one review session with Aperture’s editorial staff.
During the first day of Photo Camp, students met in small groups, each led by a Sony Artisan of Imagery, to review portfolios and learn about the Artisan’s process and approach to photo assignments. The students then went out and shot around LA and NY in an attempt to capture what the theme “The Culture of NOW” meant to them and express that through their pictures. Sony also generously allowed students to borrow and use some of their newest equipment as they went out to shoot.
The work created during this 24-hour period was a challenge but also a good lesson, according to the Sony Artisans. As professionals within their field, they felt it was a valuable experience to have a time constraint and learn how to work with the current environment as well as the available light.
On the second day of Photo Camp, the students worked with their fellow participants and group leaders to start the editing process, culling through the images they had taken to choose 20 to show Aperture’s staff during their one-on-one review session. Each student then selected their three strongest images. From these, one image from each student will be included in an exhibition at the Aperture Gallery & Bookstore, June 28th–July 9th. Paper and ink for the exhibition is being provided by Epson and Gotham Imaging is doing the printing.
A special thanks to Kayla Lindquist, the Director of the Artisans of Imagery program, and Michelle Dunn Marsh, who were instrumental in developing Photo Camp, and to all the Artisans who enthusiastically shared their experience and knowledge with the students: Cristina Goettsch Mittermeier. Andy Katz, Brian Smith, and Matthew Jordan Smith; plus Sylvia Plachy, an “Aperture Artisan” who graciously and generously taught at Photo Camp in New York City.
See a slideshow of the student work produced during Photo Camp here.
LA images courtesy of Paula Kupfer, NY images courtesy of Isabelle McTwigan