The Human Form

Explore new ways of seeing and photographing this classical, controversial, and magnificent form.

©Connie Imboden

The body is an altogether provocative subject that can be seen in one instance as alluring, graceful, and beautiful, while in another instance challenging.  Through this magnificent subject, we are able to explore our assumptions of beauty, our understanding of “self” and humanity, and the mysterious dynamics between body and spirit, body and mind.  But in order to do so, we must free ourselves of the predetermined notions we have established when interpreting the human form.  By taking an intuitive approach to photographing the body, we will challenge the typical framework with which we make sense of the figure, and produce images that can be startling, exciting, and liberating.

 

The goal of the class is two-fold: first, to engage in exercises that helps participants recognize and develop their intuitive sense, and secondly, to photograph the nude with increased reliance on the intuitive eye. Participants photograph the nude in a variety of locations, directed by assignments designed to see and photograph this powerful subject in unique and personal ways.

 

Since this is not based in a digital lab, students are encouraged to bring a laptop for image processing and editing, as well as a portfolio of 10-15 images to share with the class.

A portfolio review is required for admission to this course. You can submit a portfolio via a link to your website, online portfolio, or print submission. For more detailed information on these requirements, click here.

Instructors

Connie Imboden

© Cory Donovan

Connie Imboden’s photographs are represented in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art,  National Museum of American Art, Washington D.C., Philadelphia Museum of Art, Baltimore Museum of Art, Corcoran Museum, Washington D.C., Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris, France, Ludwig Museum in Cologne, Germany and many other public and private collections in Europe and the Americas. Her work has been exhibited in an extensive range of group and solo shows at galleries and museums in England, France, Germany, Italy, Finland, Spain, Costa Rica, Panama, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Argentina, Chile and the United States.

Her first book of images, Out of Darkness, won the Silver Medal in Switzerland’s “Schönste Bucher Aus Aller Welt (Most Beautiful Book in the World)” award in 1993.  In 2009, Insight Editions published her latest monograph entitled “Reflections: 25 Years of Photography by Connie Imboden” , which includes a preface by Julian Cox, forward by John Wood, and introduction by Arthur Ollman.  Her work has also been documented in catalogs accompanying solo shows at the Museum of the photographic Arts, San Diego California, Museo Alejandro Otero, Caracas, Venezuela, and the Galerie Municipale du Chateau d’ Eau, Toulouse, France.  Imboden’s work has been featured in such periodicals as Focus, Aperture, American Photo, Camera and Darkroom, FotoPractica, Photographies, PHOTOgraphics, Photo Metro, Photonews, Photo Review, Black and White, Ag, View Camera, Inked, Vis A Vis, and Zoom Magazine.

Imboden currently teaches photography at the Maryland Institute, where her experience as a photographer began, and at the Maine Photographic Workshops in Rockport, ME.  Additionally she has done workshops at the: International Center For Photography in New York City,  Center for Photography at Woodstock, The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown in Massachusetts, The Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute, Recontres Internationales de la Photographie, Santa Fe Photo Workshops, Recontres Internationales de la Photographie Workshop, Arles,  France, The School for Photographic Studies in Prague, Czech Republic and The Union of Arab Photographers at the United Arab Emirates.

To see more of Connie’s work, check out her website: