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The making of a series of photographs is a journey, one which yields new revelations, stories to share, and, ideally, a healthy dose of self-discovery & insight. Some series commence and reach a state of completion quickly. Others, however, are more of a slow burn and evolve into a long-term investigation. This working method with its slower reveal affords a more thorough investigation, and allows one to probe deeper. With the larger scope and longer timeline inherent to the long-term project, however, come myriad challenges.
This workshop is designed for fine-art photographers passionately working on long-term projects in a series format who seek guidance in mapping out the scope, focus, and trajectory of their series in a supportive environment with their peers and instructor. Through lectures, full class discussions and critiques (as well as individual meetings and reviews with the instructor), we will focus in depth on the crucial elements of editing and sequencing your series to help refine its narrative in a way that is true to both your vision and goals. We will also explore various avenues for sharing your project once it is fully realized (i.e. publication, exhibition), examine comprehensive bodies of work by historic and contemporary photographers, and enjoy virtual presentations and discussions with guest artists (subject to availability.)
The weeks activities will equip students with fresh perspectives and insight, and strategies to aid them in navigating the successes, challenges, and roadblocks they will encounter on the road to completing their long term projects.
All images: ©Ken Rosenthal
Instructor: Ken Rosenthal
Ken Rosenthal received a BA in still photography from the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts, and a MFA in photography from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Between degrees, he worked for Arnold Newman as his printer. Merging the autobiographical and the universal, his work traverses the intersection of personal and collective memories. Rosenthal’s photographs are in many public and private collections internationally including The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; The George Eastman House, Rochester, NY; Art Institute of Chicago; Center for Creative Photography, Tucson; The Bronx Museum of the Arts, NY; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; National Portrait Gallery, London; Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Washington DC; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego; Portland Art Museum; New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe; and the Wittliff Collections’ Southwest and Mexican Photography Collection, San Marcos, Texas, which holds a major collection of his work. His artwork is represented in the US by Klompching Gallery, New York; Etherton Gallery, Tucson; Dolby Chadwick Gallery, San Francisco. Since 2002 his work has been featured in more than 150 solo and group exhibitions internationally, including recent exhibitions at Center for Creative Photography; Houston Center for Photography; Klompching Gallery; and New Mexico Museum of Art. Rosenthal’s monograph Days On The Mountain, with essays by George Slade and Rosenthal, was published by Dark Spring Press in April 2019 in trade and limited edition book + print sets. His first book, Ken Rosenthal: Photographs 2001-2009, was released in 2011, and includes an introductory text by curator Rebecca Senf. Photographs 2001-2009 was included on photo-eye’s Best Books of 2011 list.