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In this intensive masterclass we will discuss strategies for crafting intimate, personal narratives in a way that makes your story relevant to a larger audience. Each student will receive an in-depth critique regarding their work and how it might evolve to address important psychological, social or political issues.
A large part of the workshop will revolve around editing, sequencing, and developing a powerful psychological dialogue between images. Daniel will reveal how he navigates his own family dynamic to make powerful and provocative portraits. He will teach you how to make calculated risks that yield attention grabbing images. We will analyze the work of many successful contemporary artists that have delivered their very personal stories to a global audience.
There will also be a professional practice component of the course. Students will learn to talk about their work and craft artist statements to underscore the importance of their photographic projects. This will help you attract the attention of collectors, gallerists, and curators.
Students should come prepared with a body of work that is in progress (either a printed or digital portfolio.) There will be a series of hands-on exercises during the week, so students should bring their camera and be prepared to shoot.
Instructor: Daniel W. Coburn
Daniel W. Coburn was born in San Bernardino, California in 1976. His work and research investigates the family photo album as one component of a visual infrastructure that supports the flawed ideology of the American Dream. Coburn's friends and family members confront his camera to construct a potent amendment to the idealized family album. Daniel's projects illuminate important issues that are often suppressed in traditional family albums. In doing so, he intends to expand the perimeter of visual information considered for inclusion in new iterations of the family album. Coburn's prints are held in collections at major institutions including the Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College, The Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art, and the University of New Mexico Art Museum. His photographs have been the subject of solo exhibitions at the Mulvane Art Museum, Silver Eye Center for Photography, Filter Photo Space and La Fototeca Gallery. Photographs from Daniel's comprehensive body of work have appeared in numerous international group exhibitions including Álbum de Família at Centro Municipal de Arte Hélio Oiticica, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. His first monograph, The Hereditary Estate, was published by Kehrer Verlag in 2015. Daniel Coburn is a recipient of a 2017 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship. He was named as a finalist for the Arnold Newman Prize for New Directions in Photographic Portraiture the same year. Coburn received his MFA with distinction from the University of New Mexico in 2013. He served as Assistant Professor of Photography at the University of Kansas for five years. Daniel currently resides in Chicago, Illinois where he continues his work as an independent artist and educator.