Principles of photographic vision, composition and the language of color

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 and an intuitive way of editing your photographs. In addition we will discuss how to take your work to the next level. 

Participants should be prepared to bring twenty prints to class. 



Magdalena Solé

© Magdalena SoléMagdalena Solé is an award-winning social documentary photographer. Whether richly saturated or time worn, Magdalena uses color to encapsulate a range of feelings. She is known for her sensitive expressions of culture through distinctive color artistry. Visual language has been her life’s work. In 1989 she founded TransImage, a graphic design studio with offices in New York City and San Francisco. In 2002 she graduated with a Masters of Fine Art in Film from Columbia University. Her last film, “Man On Wire”, on which she was the Unit Production Manager, won an Academy Award Oscar in 2009.

Her projects span the globe. Her work in Japan includes: “Kamagasaki” — a photo documentary on the shunned elderly day laborers of Japan, and “After the Water Receded”, an exploration of the aftermath of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake.

Currently she is working on a book on Cuba: “Hasta Siempre”, a photographic journey of a country on the brink of change.

Solé’s work has been shown internationally in over 20 exhibitions, including 16 solo presentations. An important part of Solé’s practice as a photographer includes making limited
edition artist’s books. Solé teaches photo workshops and lectures internationally on photography. 
Born in Spain, and raised in Switzerland, she arrived in New York City in 1984,  where she lived with her family until she recently resettled to the deep countryside of Vermont.
She speaks seven languages.
Currently she is working on a book on Cuba: “Hasta Siempre”, a photographic journey of a country on the brink of change, as well as on a project titled: “The Hinterlands” documenting out-of-the-way communities and places in Japan and the US.

Course Dates

Sep 10 to Sep 16



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