Jason Fulford: CHANCE

Saturday and Sunday, March 25–26, 2017
11:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m., both days

Aperture Foundation
547 West 27th Street, 4th Floor
New York, N.Y.
New York Public Library
10 Lincoln Center Plaza, 3rd Floor
New York, N.Y.

Order from Chaos; Surrealist Games; Psychogeography; Impracticality; In Praise of Idleness; Where Function Ends and Play Begins; Dumpster Diving; Keeping It Weird, Photographer as Editor, Scavenger, Author, Comedian, Critic & Wanderer; Maximum Effort for Minimum Result.

In a rigorous two-day workshop, filled with physical and mental exercises, you and Jason Fulford will explore various ways that CHANCE can improve your life (and possibly your photography).

Jason Fulford is a photographer and cofounder of J&L Books. He is a Guggenheim Fellow, and a contributing editor to Blind Spot. He is a frequent lecturer at universities, and has led workshops across the United States and in Japan, Italy, Poland, the Netherlands, Germany, and Spain. His monographs include Sunbird (2000), Crushed (2003), Raising Frogs for $$$ (2006), The Mushroom Collector (2010), Hotel Oracle (2013), and Contains: 3 Books (2016). He is coauthor with Tamara Shopsin of the photobook for children This Equals That (Aperture, 2014), and coeditor with Gregory Halpern of The Photographer’s Playbook (Aperture, 2014). Fulford’s photographs have been described as open metaphors. As an editor and an author, a focus of his work has been on the subject of how meaning is generated through association.

Participants can expect to:

  • Experiment with various methods of using chance.
  • Edit photographs in group and individual exercises.
  • Discover new perspectives on their own work.
  • Be tired, and inspired, when it’s all over.

Materials to bring:

  • 25 photographs from your personal work* (from the same body of work if possible)
  • 25 found photographs* (not taken by you)
  • One object from your house/apartment. The object should be smaller than a football.
  • Digital camera (smartphone is OK)
  • Laptop (if possible)

    *Image files will need to be sent to Aperture one week in advance of the workshop. More details regarding file requirements will be sent upon registration. Please contact us at education@aperture.org with questions.

Preparation (requested):

  • Prepare an introduction of yourself that lasts 3 minutes and 33 seconds.

Preparation (optional):

  • Rearrange the furniture in your house/apartment.
  • Listen to some Banda polyphonic music.
  • Watch the film Slacker by Richard Linklater.
  • See the Francis Picabia show at MoMA (up until March 19).


Tuition for this two-day workshop is $500 and includes lunch and light refreshments for both days.

Currently enrolled students and Aperture Members at the $250 level and above receive a 10% discount on workshop tuition. Please contact education@aperture.org for a discount code. Students will need to provide proper documentation of enrollment.



Registration ends on Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Contact education@aperture.org with any questions.



Please refer to all information provided regarding individual workshop details and requirements. Registration in any workshop will constitute your agreement to the terms and conditions outlined.

Aperture workshops are intended for adults 18 years or older.

If the workshop includes lunch, attendees are asked to notify Aperture at the time of registration regarding any special dietary requirements. Please contact us at education@aperture.org.

If participants choose to purchase Aperture publications during the workshop they will receive a 20% discount. Aperture Members of all levels will receive a 30% discount.



Aperture reserves the right to take photographs or videos during the operation of any educational course or part thereof, and to use the resulting photographs and videos for promotional purposes.
        By booking a workshop with Aperture Foundation, participants agree to allow their likenesses to be used for promotional purposes and in media; participants who prefer that their likenesses not be used are asked to identify themselves to Aperture staff.



Aperture workshops must be paid for in advance by credit card, cash, or debit card. All fees are non-refundable if you should choose to withdraw from a workshop less than one month prior to its start date, unless we are able to fill your seat. In the event of a medical emergency, please provide a physician’s note stating the nature of the emergency, and Aperture will issue you a credit that can be applied to future workshops. Aperture reserves the right to cancel any workshop up to one week prior to the start date, in which case a full refund will be issued. A minimum of eight students is required to run a workshop.



Please act responsibly when using any equipment provided by Aperture or when in the presence of books, prints etc. belonging to other participants or the instructor(s). We recommend that refreshments be kept at a safe distance from all such objects.

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