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For over 150 years artists have been drawn by the light and landscape of Monhegan. The opportunity to have your own artist experience on this unique Maine island location is only available for five photographers! With limited cell phone and internet service, you will be unfettered by distractions and find your own pace exploring this beautiful and accessible island.

You arrive on the Sunday ferry with plenty of time to begin exploring. Monday through Friday you will work on a project of your choosing. As everywhere is within walking distance, there is no rush to be anywhere, except when you want to be. With over nine miles of trails along some of the highest seaside cliffs in Maine, the Monhegan Light, Cathedral Woods and beaches, coves and the headlands, there is plenty to capture your imagination!  

This workshop is about seeing, thinking, and creating your body of work. Return to the same subject several times during the day or over the week and see how it changes. More importantly, see how your reaction to it changes. The light will always be different, the sea is ever-changing, and your understanding of a location will become more profound as you experience it regularly. Utilize this opportunity to get away from schedules and assignments, focus on your vision, and learn what you can create that adds to the conversation of generations of artists before you. 

I believe that learning about the history of a location aids in making better and more informed images. I expect you will research the history of the art created by an extraordinary list of artists who have visited and lived on the island. 


All cameras and formats are welcome. Your equipment should include, but not be limited to, camera and lenses, tripod, laptop computer and file management software, cards, batteries, chargers, connecting cables, and hard/thumb drives. It is expected that you can use a color management system, edit your work and export files to a thumb drive. If you choose to shoot film, please note that processing is not available at this workshop.

Please note: There is minimal internet and wifi on the island. Do not count on cloud-based editing suites. 


Please plan to arrive in time for Sunday dinner for introductions and a brief orientation to the island. After this you will set your own schedule to explore and find your subject. I will be available each day for individual reviews and conversations about your work-in-progress. I expect that throughout the week in this unique environment you will feel excited, bewildered, lost, and renewed. This environment has the potential to let you see deeper and discover yourself making new images in the finite domain the island provides. 

Lodging, meals, transportation 

We have 5 blocked rooms at The Island Inn on Monhegan:  that may go quickly.

Nightly rates range from $240 to $310, for private room and private bath plus taxes and includes a full breakfast. Arrival Sept 11, Departure Sept 17.  Students are responsible to book directly with The Island Inn and reference that they are participating in the Tillman Crane/MMW Workshop.  Phone: 207.596.0371 ask for Jennifer. Online booking will not be possible.

Ferry service to the island is available from Boothbay Harbor, Port Clyde, and New Harbor. You should arrange your departure and return from one of these three services. All have parking for cars while you are on the island. 

Ferry info:

Port Clyde:
Boothbay Harbor:
New Harbor:




Breakfast: will be at an individual pace. Some may want to shoot sunrise, others sleep in. Because it is included with your room at the hotel, no reservations needed.

Lunch: everyone will be on their own. Lunch will be available at one of the local shops on the island.

Dinner: I will make reservations for the group for the evening meal at the hotel each night –  unless individually or as a group we decide to go somewhere else.  I hope to meet with everyone each day and we can talk about dinner at that time.


Highs will be in the mid-’60s and lows in the mid-’50s. It will feel cooler because the wind will be coming off the water. Sunrises will be about 6:15 a.m. and sunsets around 6:45 p.m. 

I hope the idea of creating new images in this beautiful environment excites you as much as it does me. I look forward to working with you to make those images a reality.

Contact Tillman ([email protected]) with further questions.


All images:  ©Tillman Crane

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Instructor: Tillman Crane

Tillman Crane’s distinctive platinum photographs combine 19th century materials with a 21st century aesthetic.  From photojournalist to teacher and artist he has honed his technique and mastered his craft over the past 35 years. He made his first platinum print in 1987 and since 2001 his work has been exclusively shown as platinum prints. He works with 5x7, 8x10 and 5x12 view cameras.Today’s images focus on the unique sense of place he finds in the ordinary, everyday locations where he lives and teaches. He has published four limited edition books: Tillman Crane/Structure (2001), Touchstones (2005), Odin Stone(2008), and A Walk Along the Jordan (2009). For the discriminating collector, Tillman collaborates using images of your choice to create one-of-a-kind handmade books of platinum prints.