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)   “Photography is partially unpredictable because the world is unpredictable.” —Alex Webb Creative team and collaborators Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb led an intensive two-day workshop at Aperture Foundation. This workshop was dedicated to helping both serious amateurs and professional photographers to find their distinct way of seeing the world and to determine their next step in regard to their photographic work. The first day of the workshop was spent reviewing participants’ portfolios, and both Alex and Rebecca made comments, suggestions, and…

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Stuart Smith: How Not to Design a Photobook

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Stuart Smith led a two-day workshop at Aperture Foundation, working with photographers who were preparing to transition their images into book form. The workshop focused on the editing and sequencing process that is essential to designing a photobook. On the first day, Smith gave a lecture about his career as a book designer and publisher. Smith discussed his practice, his design projects, and the clients he has worked with, including Elliott Erwitt, Paul Graham, Martin Parr, and James Nachtwey. While recounting personal experiences, Smith discussed conceptual issues and pitfalls that can be encountered during the publishing and design process. Participants…

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John DeMerritt: Inside the Book

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Image courtesy of Daniel Milnor 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 share many…

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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     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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Mark Seliger: Portraiture

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  “The worst portrait I ever took was the one I didn’t take . . . I’ve never regretted pushing myself.” —Mark Seliger Master photographer Mark Seliger led a two-day, intensive workshop at his beautiful studio space in Greenwich Village, which gave workshop participants a chance to develop their own voices within the genre of portraiture.         On the first day, Seliger led a conversation about the history of photographic portraiture, and discussed process, subtext, and the creation and execution of concepts for environmental portraiture. Workshop participants were given unique insight into the photographers who have influenced Seliger’s work, then shared…

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