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NOTE: This class will be held in a live, online format using the Zoom platform.
Class meets Wednesdays from 2-5pm ET

The choices you make as a photographer—from conceptual to practical—contain a wealth of associative resonances. In photography, metaphors can act as nuanced underpinnings to bring depth and clarity to a project, bind ideas, and enliven with unexpected connections. 

 This workshop will provide you with practical resources and imaginative methods to elevate and transform your photographic projects. We will delve into metaphor and, through guided exercises and discussion, discover visual equivalents in concept, materials and presentation. In addition to sharing our own eclectic research methods, we will incorporate group discussion, short assignments, writing exercises, and introduce you to the work of other photographers. You will learn strategies to find deeper associations in your work.

Opportunities will be provided for break-out discussions of participants’ projects and ideas. Introduce us to your work by bringing 5-10 photographs to share at the first class.

Faculty: Barbara Ciurej and Lindsay Lochman
Artists Lindsay Lochman, left, and Barbara Ciurej, right, in their Milwaukee, WI studio. Photo by Kevin J. Miyazaki

Barbara Ciurej and Lindsay Lochman have been collaborating on photographic projects for over four decades. They consider photography as storytelling and mine the confluence of history, myth, and popular culture to frame contemporary tales. Their subject matter spans their gendered experience from adolescence to aging and expands into critiques of the societal landscape. They employ staged photography, studio constructions, documentary, alternative processes and artists’ books in their practice.  Their work has been exhibited in the US and internationally and is in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, Milwaukee Art Museum, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Walker Art Center, and Worcester Art Museum. Their artists’ books are in the collections of the Yale Center for British Art, Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Joan Flasch Artists Book Collection, and Bainbridge Island Arts Museum among others. 

In addition to their shared photographic practice, Lochman brings decades of experience as Senior Lecturer at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. Ciurej has maintained a professional career in graphic design. Separately and together they have been guest lecturers at a number of academic institutions, and are currently contributing editors for Lenscratch. They maintain studios in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Chicago, Illinois.

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