Join David Hilliard in exploring the interplay between the two distinct image-making approaches of Hunters and Farmers, and push your creative boundaries beyond your comfort zone to craft a compelling new series of images.
Apr 4, 2024 - May 23, 2024
Workshop Fee: $1075
Workshop Duration: 24 hours over 8 weeks (Thursdays, 9am-12pm ET)
Workshop Location: Online
Class Size: 8
Note: This workshop will be held in a live, online format utilizing the Zoom platform.
Class meets for 8 Thursdays, Apr 4, 11, 18, 25, May 2, 9, 16 & 23 from 9am-12pm ET.
Renowned Canadian photographer Jeff Wall has referred to photographers as being either “hunters” or “farmers”. Hunters being photographers who capture their images as they are found in the world. Farmers are the image makers who cultivate their photos, employing staged or constructed strategies. Both “camps” of image making are valid and wide ranging.
In this multi-week online workshop, participants will explore photographic motivations through the juxtaposition of these two distinct image-making approaches. Students will learn about, and experiment with, both practices while addressing one particular subject. What happens when both approaches come together within the same project? This will be an exciting and new challenge in the way you think about and approach image making, as it will most definitely require that you make some images outside of your usual comfort zone.
The workshop includes historical overviews of these two ways of working, slide presentations, critique, the writing of artist statements, readings and group discussions as well as a portfolio review. The end goal will be to make a new series of images made in both styles.
All images copyright David Hilliard.
Instructor: David Hilliard
David Hilliard creates large-scale multi-paneled color photographs, often based on his life or the lives of people around him. His panoramas direct the viewer’s gaze across the image surface allowing narrative, time and space to unfold. David received his BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and MFA from the Yale University School of Art. He worked for many years as an assistant professor at Yale University where he also directed the undergraduate photo department. He currently teaches in Boston at the Massachusetts College of Art & Design and Lesley Art + Design. He also leads photography workshops throughout the country.