Principles of photographic vision, composition and the language of the edit

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For amateurs and professionals alike, the workshop begins with reviews of each photographer’s work. In addition, we will explore a series of topics: including the process of photographing spontaneously and intuitively; how to photograph people; and how to edit photographs so they reveal a story. We will also learn the principles of photographic vision, composition, and color. Through regular shooting assignments this workshop emphasizes the development of a unique, personal way of seeing. Together with learning a streamlined way of editing, you will bring your photography to a new level.

Participants should be prepared to bring twenty prints to class.

All image credit:  © Magdalena Solé




Past student work (clockwise): Leslie Hendel, Al Weems, Molly Drummond (x2), Kate Ellis, Emily Ginder, Don Logie, Carolyn Glickstein

Instructor: Magdalena Solé

MAGDALENA SOLÉ is an award-winning social documentary photographer. She is known for her sensitive expressions of culture through distinctive color artistry. Magdalena Solé’s work touches on the themes of displacement and human suffering, societies living on the margins and places forgotten or shunned by the mainstream. Her visual narratives are often inspired by poetry. Magdalena Solé was born in Spain, raised in Switzerland, and lived in New York City for more than thirty years before moving to the deep countryside of Vermont. Visual language has been her life’s work. She earned her MFA in film from Columbia University, New York, and has worked as a professional photographer, and filmmaker. She was part of the team that won the 2009 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature for the film Man on Wire.  An important part of Solé’s practice as a photographer includes creating artist’s books. Her photo book “New Delta Rising”, published by the University Press of Mississippi, was released in February 2012. It has won the Silver Award in 2011 at PX3 Prix de la Photographie, France. The Wall Street Journal in February 2012 called her images: “lushly colorful, formally striking, restless, and electrifying.”  Her new book “Cuba: Hasta Siempre”, published by the University Press of Mississippi, was just released in March 2020. Solé’s work has been the subject of eighteen solo exhibitions in the United States and internationally. She is interested in people and places on the margins. Her photography explores themes of poverty, displacement, and transition, and her international vocation has seen her complete documentary projects in places from Cuba to Japan. Solé teaches photo workshops and lectures internationally on photography.