Learn how to tell authentic stories by establishing intimacy and trust with your subjects.
Date: Oct 14 – 20, 2018
Levels: Advanced, Master
Workshop Fee: $1,095
Class Size: 14
Documenting personal stories are as much about the photographer as they are about the subject.
Nancy Borowick never planned to photograph her family, but when she found herself in the chemotherapy room with both of her parents who had been diagnosed with stage-4 cancers, she found that photography allowed her to process and understand what was happening through a context and in a language she could understand.
To tell the most authentic stories, the photographer has to establish a certain level of intimacy and trust, often through an expression of own vulnerability with their subjects. They have to do this while simultaneously capturing powerful and thoughtfully composed images that best reflect the story they are trying to tell.
This class will jump right in and explore these concepts first hand, as students will put them into practice by developing, shooting, editing and sequencing short-term stories over the course of the workshop.
There will be daily critique and conversation, individually and as a group, looking at the assignment images as well as past portfolio work, leaning on the collective knowledge of the group who bring the necessary objectivity to the table when it comes to personal work.
Instructor: Nancy Borowick
Nancy Borowick (b. 1985) is a humanitarian photographer currently based on the island of Guam. She is a graduate of the Documentary Photography and Photojournalism program at the International Center of Photography and holds a degree in Anthropology and Photography from Union College. She is a regular contributor to the New York Times and has also been featured in the International Herald Tribune, the New York Times Lens Blog, CNN, National Geographic PROOF, Time Magazine, Photo District News, the Washington Post, Stern Magazine, and Newsweek Japan. In February of 2016 she was awarded 2nd prize in the Long Term Projects category in World Press Photo and was recently awarded the Arnold Newman Prize in New Directions in Photographic Portraiture, the Eddie Adams Workshop Award in Innovation in Visual Storytelling, and Honorable Mention in the NPPA Best of Photojournalism competition in the Contemporary Issues Story category.