Be challenged to see differently through your images.

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NOTE: This Course will be Held in an Online Format using the Zoom Platform.

In a world that has slowed the pace of life down to a crawl we have a great opportunity to see everything in a new way and to interpret it in many ways that take into account the result of a world brought to its knees.

That doesn’t always mean sad. There can also be joy in discovering things we never take the time to see.  We look at things every day but we don’t always see them. If we focus our attention on something, be it an object, idea, or issue, we can begin to see it as though it was for the first time, to re-see it instead of just looking. Photography challenges us to make something fresh, to tell an old story in a new way, to step out of our comfort zones, to try something we never allowed ourselves to try, to play, to be mysterious, to be dangerous, to break photographic rules and to make new ones. The big challenge is to show people something they haven’t seen before and we can do that in a variety of ways. There are two ideas at work here—reality and mystery.  We will join them together to help you make fresh images that are more interpretive and still respectful. These are the two big goals for this workshop.

Here are some ideas to think about and approaches you can take for this workshop. You can also come with  your own ideas.

We will look at examples of all of these ideas and you will be encouraged to try new things.

-Documentary can be artistic and open to interpretation. Or you can stay with a more traditional coverage.

-Younger generations are telling stories in a much more liberated artistic and personal way.

-Still life—telling a big story with small things

-Grids that tell stories (think 4 to 9 photos that tell a story in one frame)

-Express what corona has meant to you, your story in this challenging time, interpreted in any way you choose

-If you have children let them express what corona has meant to them, have them act it out and photograph them


Advanced enthusiasts, Professionals, Students


Participants must be able to select and

organize images using image editing software


Class Format:

Day One:  Look at work brought by Students—limit it to 10 photos. Look at my work and the work of others; brainstorm about ideas to photograph. (2pm EDT)

Day Two:  Review what students shot the first day/overnight. Limit 10 to 15 photos. Critique and brainstorming about next step (2pm EDT class meeting)

Day Three:  Shooting day…no class but Maggie available by email or text.

Day Four:  Looking at work shot on Day 3, critique and brainstorming about the next step. Limit photos to 15 photos. (10am EDT)

Day Five:  Shooting day…no class but Maggie available by email or text

Day Six:  Class editing and sequencing lessons.  Bring all selected photos plus 15 to 20 prints shot on Day 5. (10am EDT)

Day Seven:  Last day, show presentations.  (10am EDT)

All photo credit © Maggie Steber

Past student work (clockwise): Lilit Danielyan, Ida Lennestal, Shonna Valeska, Isabelle Thibault, Nancy Crute, Lynne Rosen, Steven Silberstein, Margo Cooper

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Instructor: Maggie Steber

Maggie Steber, a documentary photographer specializing in humanistic stories, has worked in 67 countries. Her honors include a grant from the Guggenheim Foundation in 2017, the Leica Medal of Excellence, World Press Photo Foundation, the Overseas Press Club, Pictures of the Year, the Medal of Honor for Distinguished Service to Journalism from the University of Missouri, the Alicia Patterson Grant, the Ernst Haas Grant, and a Knight Foundation grant for the New American Newspaper project. Steber has worked in Haiti for three decades. Aperture published her monograph, "Dancing on Fire." In 2013, Steber was named as one of eleven Women of Vision by National Geographic Magazine with an exhibition that traveled to five cities. Steber served as a Newsweek contract photographer and as Asst. Managing Editor of Photography and Features at The Miami Herald, overseeing projects that won a Pulitzer. Her work is included in the Library of Congress, the Guggenheim Foundation Collection, and The Richter Library. She exhibits internationally.