The need for advocacy of environmental issues relating to climate change is acute. Learn how to use the power of photography as a tool for change.

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Note: This workshop will be held in a live, online format utilizing the Zoom platform.
Class meets for 5 Tuesdays,  Feb. 6, 13, 27, March 12, and 26 from 1-4pm ET.

Bush fire caused by Climate Change - Photo by Jo Anne Mcarthur
Photo by Jo Anne Mcarthur

The need for advocacy of environmental issues relating to climate change, environmental justice, pollution, conservation of land, and the like is acute. Photography can serve as a vital advocacy tool because of its power as a visual form of communication and as the basis for storytelling.

This workshop will begin with a discussion of the history of environmental advocacy by photographers and other artists, including contemporary advocates. We will discuss a variety of strategies for environmental advocacy and how different styles of photography such as documentary, journalistic, and expressive fine art photography can play a role in these strategies.

A key part of this workshop will be applying environmental activism strategies to each student’s photography by reviewing portfolios, discussing strategies appropriate for each student, and developing an action plan for moving forward in using photography to create positive change.

Deforestation and climate change in Tasmania Australia - Photo by Matt Palmer
Photo by Matt Palmer

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Instructor: Jim Nickelson

Based in Camden, Maine, Jim works as a fine art photographer, custom digital printer (as Nickelson Editions), bookmaker, and teacher. Before committing himself to the photographic life, he pursued the classic artistic career path of NASA engineer and corporate attorney (with a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from Univ. of Texas at Austin and a J.D. from Harvard Law School).

Jim has received numerous awards, including being honored as Artist-in-Residence at Acadia National Park, Chiricahua National Monument in Arizona, the Baer Art Center in Iceland, and the book arts studio at Maine Media Workshops + College. Jim has exhibited widely, and his work resides in museum, corporate, university, public, and private collections across the United States and Canada.