Explore the dimensions of personal experience to develop a coherent and visually sophisticated body of work.

Date: Jun 10-16, 2018
Levels: Master
Workshop Fee: $1555
Class Size: 12

Image Credit: Cig Harvey, The Hope Chest

SOLD OUT!  Wait list is also fully booked.

Personal photographic stories are for the purpose of self-representation via the world outside of you. The artist can show their emotions, questions, thoughts, limitations, and joys in a scene or a color or even another’s face. What we create is a part of who we are and what we see in others is always, to some extent, what we see in ourselves. This workshop is intended for those who are interested in developing a body of work that explores the dimensions of personal experience and to help students discover the limitless forms of self-representation.

The mysterious and intimate language of symbols, surrogates, iconography, and metaphors are discussed as a means by which students may pursue a heightened visual language. The class explores the personal versus the universal, the constructed versus the found, and how to avoid the pitfalls of cliché and stereotype.

The goal of the workshop is to learn the skills necessary to develop a coherent and visually sophisticated body of work that is honest and meaningful. There are daily discussions, written exercises, and reviews of work in progress, as well as individual assignments designed to help participants hone their abilities to recognize and capture emotional content and create memorable images.

Students should bring ideas, a strong sense of humor, and an intention to take risks.

A portfolio review is required for admission to this course.

Header image credit © Cig Harvey

Past student work:

Credit from top left: Laura Posner, Taz Triffon, JP Terlizzi, Christine Gallagher, Cate Wnek

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Instructor: Cig Harvey

Cig Harvey is a member of the core faculty of the MFA degree program at Maine Media College. Cig’s photographs and artist’s books have been exhibited widely and are in the permanent collections of major museums and collections, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, The Farnsworth Museum, Rockland, and the International Museum of Photography, George Eastman House, Rochester.