Learn how to articulate and refine your vision by delving into symbolism, metaphor, and personal stories. 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.

Sep 3, 2024 - Oct 1, 2024

Levels: Intermediate, Advanced,
Workshop Fee: $975
Workshop Duration: 5-weeks (Tuesdays, 12:45-3:15pm ET)
Workshop Location: Online
Class Size: 10

Note: This class will be held in a live, online format using the Zoom Platform.
Class meets for 5 Tuesdays, Sep 3-Oct 1 from 12:45-3:15pm ET.

Contemporary fine art photography is a direct reflection of our ever-changing times and it encourages us to consider our personal perceptions and experiences. When skillfully accomplished, it acts as a vehicle to transform ideas into images, and images into a voice. This five-session course will investigate this process and use of photography as a tool for individual expression, not just in terms of innovative or interesting approaches, but more importantly, as an exploration into the fundamental principles of contemporary visual art.

This course will examine the works of notable fine art photographers and we will study how classic styles of photography have informed contemporary photographs created in the past ten years. Through weekly assignments, students will be encouraged to survey various different compositional and technical approaches to consider which would best represent their own visual voice. Guest speakers/photographers will offer personal perspectives and insights into their creative approaches.

Upon conclusion of the class, students will possess a greater appreciation of photography as a fine art form, a deeper connection to their own artistic voice, and most importantly, a clearer understanding of what they wish to communicate through their photographs.

All images: ©Susan Burnstine

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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.