As we continue to shovel and plow, shovel and plow, our gorgeous new 2015 catalog is travelling by land and air, making its way to our friends and alumni around the world. We know you are going to love it, from the subtle magic found in MMW+C instructor and alum Cig Harvey's cover image, to the dozens of new courses, instructors, programs, and destinations that you will find inside.
Photographers will see a fresh line-up of new workshop offerings in Rockport, with dynamic instructors who generate plenty of their own creative buzz. In the studio, you'll find Dan Saelinger, whose editorial and commercial clients include New York Magazine, Wired, Fortune, Nike, and Maxim. Dan also recently completed shooting for the Google Nexus ad campaign. Bil Zelman, known for his commercial work for Coca Cola, Miller High Life, SONY, Bud Light, and Harley Davidson will be teaching The Authentic Photograph.
Many of you already know Aline Smithson through her LENSCRATCH blogzine, a must-read for all fine art photographers. Having recently received an Excellence in Teaching Award from CENTER, she'll be joining us this summer to teach Taking the Next Step in Fine Art Photography. New instructor Eliot Dudik's portraits of civil war re-enactors were recently showcased on CNN's website. His Lyrical Documentary Photo Series workshop will be paired with The Handmade Photobook, offering students a special opportunity to do even more with their images in our brand new book arts studio. And providing lessons in craft as well as perspective from a curator's point of view, artist and Flash Forward Festival co-curator Greer Muldowney will lead ourPhotographer's Eye workshop in August.
Our film line-up is more streamlined than ever before, and geared for both pre-professionals looking to gain lots of hands on experience in a short time frame as well as seasoned professionals looking to add to their skill set. This year we're offering more of our most popular courses and have lined up impressive new sponsorships with leading industry manufacturers, ensuring that you'll get your hands on top of the line gear that you won't find anywhere else.
For photographers and filmmakers who want to stay longer, dig deeper, and build a broader base of knowledge, our multi-week programs and intensives are still by far the best value you can find, anywhere. Students who attend our Four Week Film School, filmor photography workstudy, or any of our eight or 12-week cinematography, production, or photography intensives routinely tell us that they leave with more knowledge than they could have gained in a year of school or on the job. It may be the best investment you can make in your career.
Last summer, you saw us unveil a gorgeous new Book Arts & Alternative Process Photography Studio. This year we're excited to announce our first ever Artist in Residence program, which will make full use of the new studio's capabilities and allow a book artist / letterpress printer an opportunity to spend six weeks focused on a project this fall. Thanks to generous funding from several donors, the chosen artist will receive a weekly stipend, support for materials and travel, scenic accommodations overlooking Rockport harbor, and meals on campus. To learn more about the program or to apply for the residency, CLICK HERE.
Those of you looking to travel farther afield will find entirely new destination workshops listed in our catalog. There are even a few to satisfy our friends who wouldn't dream of leaving Maine in the summer! This year we are partnering with the Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park to offer three new workshops that make the most of Maine's spectacular natural beauty. Selected as Artist-in-Residence at Acadia National Park last year, Jim Nickelson will now share his knowledge in The Night Landscape at Acadia National Park workshop. Not a night owl? Veteran nature photographer Cliff Zenor will lead you through the park by day in Outdoor Photography at Acadia National Park. We even have a great 2-week program for teens led by photographer and educator Jay Gould.
We are thrilled to be partnering with renowned nature photographer and filmmaker Ossian Lindholm, who will be leading new destination workshops to Argentina's wine country and the mountains of Peru. Other new destinations include a writing retreat in Iceland, and a photography adventure in Sardinia. We even have something new for those of you who are, like us, facing a six-foot wall of snow outside your front door and are forced to travel by snow cat. Our first ever online photography course is now available! Made in partnership with fine art nature photographer Eddie Soloway, A Natural Eye: The Foundation is a series of eight streamed videos designed to help build your foundation for photographing the natural world at your own pace.
As we gear up for additional inches to our snow base, summer seems like a long way off. But it really is beautiful here in the winter, and we love seeing what our hardiest students make of it. Our gorgeous catalog gives us plenty of dream fodder for warmer weather on the horizon, and we hope you will drop us a line and let us know what courses you have your eye on this year!