Achieve a deeper connection to your own artistic voice, and a pathway toward a meaningful, long-term body of work.

Dates:
Aug 14, 2023 - Aug 18, 2023

Levels: Intermediate, Advanced,
Workshop Fee: $1750
Workshop Duration: 1-week (Monday-Friday)
Workshop Location: On-campus
Class Size: 11

Fine art photography translates ideas into images, and images into a voice. But how do you transform your personal vision into a meaningful body of work?

Irrespective of the genre – be it landscape, still life, portraiture, nature, abstraction, photojournalism, self-portrait, or documentary – authenticity and emotional connection is the root of every image we create. And defining what we want our work to convey is a skill that needs to be honed and nourished.

During the course of our time together, students will select a local subject to photograph or they may opt to build from their archives to initiate a personal narrative. Through classroom discussions, written and shooting exercises, group critiques, one on one time and portfolio reviews, this class will provide students the tools to articulate their vision and create a meaningful long-term body of work.  We will also discuss practical topics such as long-term project development, statements, sequencing and portfolio editing.

Upon conclusion of the class, students will achieve a deeper connection to their own artistic voice, a clearer understanding of what they wish to communicate through their photographs and a pathway toward a unique, intentional and thoughtful personal project.

All image credit ©Susan Burnstine

Past student work

Left to right: Jeannie Hutchins, JP Gibson, Steve Levinson, Stephanie Prechter.

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Instructor: Susan Burnstine

Susan Burnstine is an award-winning professional fine art and commercial photographer who builds homemade cameras and lenses using plastic, vintage camera parts, and random household objects. Susan is represented in galleries across the globe and widely published throughout the world. She frequently curates and serves on juries for exhibitions and has written for several photography magazines, including a monthly column for Black & White Photography (UK). Susan’s first monograph, Within Shadows, earned the Gold Award for PX3 Prix De La Photographie, Paris (Px3) in the Professional Fine Art Books category. She was also selected for Photo-Eye's 2011 booklist. Her second monograph, Absence of Being, was published by Damiani Editore in Fall 2016 and has earned much critical praise.