Enhance your photographic style and refine your writing voice, by exploring the many ways in which writing can sharpen your photographic eye.

Jul 24, 2023 - Jul 28, 2023

Levels: Intermediate, Advanced,
Workshop Fee: $1595
Workshop Duration: 1-week (Monday-Friday)
Class Size: 12

Are you a photographer hoping to better articulate your individual style? Or a writer wanting to explore how making pictures can refine your voice? Join David Hilliard and Smith Galtney in this weeklong, critique-based workshop which focuses on clarifying your creative identity and discovering new ways of seeing through the written word.

The class will include lectures, slideshows, and group discussions in the morning, with field trips and assignment work in the afternoon and evening.

What will be covered

  • Drafting and revising an artist statement
  • Group/one-on-one critiques of both works-in-progress and finished series
  • How titles shape and contextualize a photograph
  • Daily writing exercises and prompts
  • Creating new work that incorporates both image and text

Students will be encouraged to journal daily and to collaborate with other artists/writers on campus, creating photographs that address writing and vice versa.

Both existing and new projects are welcome. A group portfolio review will also be offered for each participant.

What you’ll need:

  • Your camera
  • A laptop with your preferred editing software
  • A journal/notebook

By the end of the week, students will have explored the many ways in which writing can sharpen our photographic eye and define who we are as artists.

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Instructor: David Hilliard

David Hilliard creates large-scale multi-paneled color photographs, often based on his life or the lives of people around him.  His panoramas direct the viewer’s gaze across the image surface allowing narrative, time and space to unfold.  David received his BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and MFA from the Yale University School of Art.  He worked for many years as an assistant professor at Yale University where he also directed the undergraduate photo department.  He currently teaches in Boston at the Massachusetts College of Art & Design and Lesley Art + Design. He also leads photography workshops throughout the country.

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Instructor: Smith Galtney

Smith Galtney is a Maine-based photographer, writer, and documentarian. A storyteller at heart, his work - a mix of autobiography and fiction - concerns experience, the things we gain and lose as we grow older, the way our pasts keep unfolding and revealing themselves. He's a graduate of the General Studies program at the International Center of Photography and an alumnus of the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies. A longtime journalist, his writing has appeared in The New York Times, GQ, Rolling Stone, Time Out New York, The Village Voice and NPR.