Rick Sands: Breaking the Light Barrier

Gregory Crewdson, Untitled, 2004; from the series Beneath the Roses
Gregory Crewdson, Untitled, 2004; from the series Beneath the Roses

  I always call him “the genius of light.” He puts all of the lighting scenes together. He thinks differently than everyone else I know. He just responds to light. It’s remarkable.   —Gregory Crewdson on Rick Sands Join master illuminator Rick Sands for “Breaking the Light Barrier,” a five-day workshop for photographers who would like to improve their understanding of lighting—from conceptualization through execution. For nearly twenty years, Sands has created elaborate lighting for the narrative photographs of artist Gregory Crewdson. The class will cover varied philosophies of lighting technique, working under a wide range of conditions (day and…

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Mary Virginia Swanson: Marketing Your Photographs

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Mary Virginia Swanson led a two-day workshop at Aperture Foundation working with photographers who were interested in how to market, sell, and make a career out of their art practice.         The workshop focused on a wide range of venues—public, institutional, and private—that extend beyond the fine-art market. On the first day, Swanson discussed the corporate art market and explained to participants that their photographs could be seen beyond the white walls of a New York gallery. Swanson discussed health care clinics and Fortune 500 companies that offer services in the arts, which are often overlooked by artists. Participants were asked…

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Jason Fulford: CHANCE

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“In the field of observation, chance favors only the prepared mind.” —Louis Pasteur In a two-day workshop filled with dice, colored paper, 16 mm films, and a large stack of both made and found photographs, Jason Fulford led participants through an array of mental and physical exercises related to chance.         The workshop challenged participants to let go of what control they had over their own work, and instead allow chance to create new meanings within the photographs. The workshop started off with a field trip to the New York Public Library’s Reserve Film and Video Collection at Lincoln Center, where…

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W.M. Hunt: Talking Pictures

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  “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   W. M. (Bill) Hunt led a one-day workshop at Aperture Foundation, 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.   The workshop offered photography lovers an insight into Hunt’s personal collection and how he came into collecting. During the first half of the…

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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)   “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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Upcoming Workshops, Summer 2017

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  Upcoming Workshops for Summer 2017 include: Rick Sands: Breaking the Light Barrier August 2017 To be notified when more information for this workshop is made available please send us an email. To read more about the workshop and to see work made by previous workshop participants, check out the Aperture Blog. More information and details coming soon! If you have further questions about workshops at Aperture, contact us at education@aperture.org.

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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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