Delve into personal symbols, metaphor, and stories to create a meaningful body of work.

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Photographic images are deeply rooted in personal emotion. This is the case whether they are found or created, regardless of genre—be it landscape, still life, portraiture, nature, abstraction, photojournalism, self-portrait, or documentary. As photographers we strive to convey our vision in a true, honest, and consistent manner, establishing an emotional connection with each image we create.

Under Susan’s practiced tutelage, you will learn how to articulate and refine your vision by delving into personal stories and metaphors. In the process, you will examine your own personal narratives, aesthetics, and psychology in image making to define your vision and initiate a long-term project. Through hands-on demonstrations, creative exercises tailored to you, group discussions, photographing assignments, and portfolio reviews, you are encouraged and inspired to grow and reach the next level of your artistic achievement. Also discuss such practical topics as long-term project development, portfolio editing, marketing, publishing, and exhibitions.

Join Susan for a rich exploration of the self, as you harness the power of photography to realize individual narratives.

All image credit ©Susan Burnstine



Past student work (left to right): Jeannie Hutchins, JP Gibson, Steve Levinson, Stephanie Prechter

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Instructor: Susan Burnstine

Susan Burnstine is an award-winning professional fine art and commercial photographer who builds homemade cameras and lenses using plastic, vintage camera parts, and random household objects. Susan is represented in galleries across the globe and widely published throughout the world. She frequently curates and serves on juries for exhibitions and has written for several photography magazines, including a monthly column for Black & White Photography (UK). Susan’s first monograph, Within Shadows, earned the Gold Award for PX3 Prix De La Photographie, Paris (Px3) in the Professional Fine Art Books category. She was also selected for Photo-Eye's 2011 booklist. Her second monograph, Absence of Being, was published by Damiani Editore in Fall 2016 and has earned much critical praise.