Stuart Smith: How Not to Design a Photobook

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Spread from Personal Best by Elliott Erwitt     Join designer Stuart Smith for a two-day workshop intended for photographers who are prepared to transition their images into book form. This workshop will focus on editing, sequencing, and pairing photographs as well as how to create a successful, well-designed, and thoroughly considered photobook. Students will gain insight into the practical and conceptual issues surrounding the early stages of book design as well as the pitfalls one can encounter during the process. Through individual and group discussions, students will discover new methods of creating their photobooks with the skills and tools…

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Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb: Finding Your Vision

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Rebecca Norris Webb, Blackbirds, from My Dakota (left); Alex Webb, Nuevo Laredo, 1996, from La Calle (right)     Do you know where you’re going next with your photography—or where it’s taking you? This intensive weekend workshop will help photographers begin to understand their own distinct way of seeing the world. It will also help photographers figure out their next step photographically, from deepening a unique vision, to discovering and completing a long-term project, to translating a body of work into books and exhibitions. This is a workshop for serious amateurs and professionals alike, taught by Alex Webb and Rebecca…

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John DeMerritt: Inside the Book

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Image courtesy of John DeMerritt     Join John DeMerritt for a two-day workshop that is an in-depth investigation of the book object and its relationship to content. Participants will spend the weekend exploring the physical components of the book, and use those explorations to begin a conversation about how to “build” a book, from both the project side and the object side.   Since its inception, the medium of photography has fully embraced the book form. Many photographers claim that all their projects are conceived as books. The development of photography and the changes in book publishing and production…

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Shelby Lee Adams: Your Voice in Portrait Lighting

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Shelby Lee Adams, Tompkins Sq. Park, from 2013 Aperture Workshop     “Seeing, connecting, and nurturing love while recalling and sharing more difficult times requires a balanced perspective. It can be tender, or tough and thorny, but all parts are necessary to integrate.” —Shelby Lee Adams, Salt and Truth (2011)     Join Shelby Lee Adams for a three-day intensive workshop that will explore the psychological, emotional, and technical aspects of portraiture, with special emphasis on photographing people in their environments. Students will learn how to approach people with confidence as well as how to light environments skillfully and with…

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Matthew Connors: The Ordering of Intensities

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Fire in Cairo by Matthew Connors (2015)   “Even the most elevated plateau is less interesting than a mountain.”   —Wayne C. Booth, The Rhetoric of Fiction  http://aperture.org/wp-admin/post.php?post=54305&action=edit#edit_timestamp   Join Matthew Connors for a two-day workshop on the process of transforming existing collections of photographs into publishable book dummies. Emphasis will be placed on the process of editing and sequencing images, incorporating text, and visualizing the final book as an object. Connors will present various literary and film techniques—voice, unreliability, plot progression, narrative structure, etc.—and discuss how they can inform the anatomy of a photobook. Numerous examples will be presented…

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W.M. Hunt: Talking Pictures

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W.M. Hunt, photo by Martin Schoeller     “The most enjoyable afternoon of stories both personal and professional—he will delve into the photography world in the most unusual way. Learning should always be this fun.” —Elaine Goldman, collector of photography and past workshop participant   Join W.M. (Bill) Hunt for a one-day workshop intended for people who look at photographs and who want to challenge and heighten both their sense of seeing and their ability to talk about what they see. This workshop is for photography lovers—artists, writers, collectors—anyone who wants to be sharper and more confident in defining their own…

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Tim Davis: About About

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Mary Virginia Swanson: Business of Photography Series

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      To Be Published, or Self-Publish? Saturday, February 13, 2016, 11:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. In the first installment of Aperture’s Business of Photography series, Mary Virginia Swanson led a richly illustrated seminar for artists who were working toward bringing their projects into book form, and discussed the pros, cons, and considerations for both traditional and self-publishing avenues. Each workshop participant introduced their work, and Swanson gave advice on next steps, helping students to hone the concept for their project, consider potential audiences, and determine which type of publishing would be best for their individual project. During lunch, Chris Boot…

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Bill Armstrong: The Secrets of Color in Photography

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  “I recommend Bill Armstrong’s color workshop 100%. His understanding of color in photography is unparalleled. . . . He is a working artist who understands and can talk about his medium. My experience of his class was incredibly valuable and full of insights.” —W.M. Hunt Bill Armstrong led a two-day workshop at Aperture Foundation, covering the aesthetic principles behind creating strong color photographs.   Exploring both the technical and aesthetic aspects of color theory, Armstrong examined how the eye sees color, the contrast and harmony of colors, color and time of day, color mood and meaning, perception of color,…

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