This workshop will cover strategies and practical methods to creatively and financially support a long-term photography project while researching and shooting your own project in Maine.

During the course of the workshop we will cover a range of topics, from finding a project that can sustain your creative interest and methods for performing in-depth research, all the way to writing grant proposals and promoting your work. Prior to the workshop you will research possible projects in Maine, and upon arrival begin documenting your subject.

Mornings will consist of daily critiques, as well as lectures covering research avenues, sustaining creative energy, collaboration with non-profits, and methods of forming supportive peer networks for the essential feedback that is required during a long-term project. Afternoons will focus on trips locally to document your chosen subject. 

The goal of the workshop is to ensure you have the tools to engage your subjects in an informed and meaningful way, while sustaining your connection to a story that is compelling and evolves over time. This workshop is open to all skill levels.
Students have the option of shooting film or digital, and will need to bring their own laptops. Having access to personal transportation (car, bike, or boat) for daily photography trips is not required, but highly recommended.
Students interested in the class should take a look at the book "Lure of the Local" by Lucy Lippard for inspiration. Additional readings will be assigned prior to the start of the workshop.


Jeff Rich

Jeff Rich’s work focuses on water issues ranging from recreation and sustainability to exploitation and abuse. Jeff explores these subjects by using long-term photographic documentations of very specific regions of the United States. Jeff 
received his MFA in photography at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia.
His Watershed Project has toured nationally since 2012, with shows in New York City; Portland, OR; Asheville, NC; Bloomington, IN; Akron, OH; Amherst, MA; Morgantown, WV; Nashville, TN and Atlanta, GA. His book, “Watershed: The French Broad River” was awarded the 2010 Critical Mass Book Award, and was published as a monograph in 2012. His work has been featured in Fraction Magazine, Flak Photo and as one of Daylight Magazine’s monthly podcasts. Jeff is an Assistant Professor at the University of Iowa, in the Art and Art History Department. He also curates the weekly series Eyes on the South for Oxford American Magazine. In 2017 Fall Line Press will publish the book “Watershed: The Tennessee River.”

Course Dates

Jul 2 to Jul 8



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