Explore the narrative, aesthetic, and emotional aspects of image making.

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This is a workshop designed to help participants discover or renew the creative spirit, and broaden the way one thinks about photography. Its  purpose is to help serious amateur or professional photographers reconcile practical and creative lives, to re-examine your own creative process exploring the narrative, aesthetic, and emotional aspects of image making, and find new paths to creative growth. Students’ goals include developing or refining a sense of personal style and making serious amateur, fine-art, and commercial work more passionate and fulfilling.

Emphasizing simplicity, use of natural light, practical demonstrations, field-trips, individual portfolio reviews, and discussions centering on the work of both historically significant and little known photographers, the class focuses on refining personal views on producing work and balancing the various aspects of a busy life.

Participants may work in black and white film or digitally. All camera formats welcome. Everyone is encouraged to bring a sense of humor and a sense of purpose. Keith welcomes all wise-asses, hot dogs, and burn-outs.

A portfolio review is required for admission.

All image credit © Keith Carter



Past student work (clockwise): Laura Goyer, Susan Metzger, Diane Kravetz, Helen Modesett, Susan Metzger, Alex Grissom, Tracy Polson, Angela Ballard

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Instructor: Keith Carter

Recipient of the 2009 Texas Medal of Arts and called a "Poet of the Ordinary" by the Los Angeles Times, Keith Carter's haunting, enigmatic photographs have been shown in over one hundred solo exhibitions in thirteen countries. Eleven books of his work have been published including a mid-career survey, Keith Carter Photographs/Twenty-Five Years. Keith has been featured on the arts segment of nationally televised CBS Sunday Morning and he is the recipient of the Lange-Taylor Prize from the Center For Documentary Studies at Duke University, both the University Professor and Distinguished Faculty Lecturer awards from Lamar University, and Artist of the Year 2009 from the Houston Art League. His work is included in numerous private and public collections including the Art Institute of Chicago, The Smithsonian American Art Museum, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, The George Eastman House, and The Wittliff Collection of Southwestern and Mexican Photography at Texas State University.