Fall Photography Workshops at Aperture

Announcing Aperture’s Fall-Winter 2014 Workshops catalog.


The Aperture Foundation workshop program continues a valued tradition originating with Aperture magazine’s founding editor and legendary teacher, Minor White. Known for his open-minded, inventive, and insightful approach to teaching, White leaves a legacy that defines the workshop program at Aperture. Join us this fall for the chance to work side-by-side major with figures in the global photographic community in an intimate and immersive classroom.

Talking Pictures with W. M. Hunt
Saturday, September 20, 11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

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Image © Martin Schoeller

A one-day workshop intended for photographers wishing to learn from a longtime collector, curator, and consultant who has been teaching for more than two decades. The workshop will focus on influences, how to look at photographs, and considerations for analyzing them.

W. M. Hunt is a frequent lecturer on photography and an adjunct professor at the School of Visual Arts, New York. This summer he organized the exhibition Foule: American Groups before 1950 at Rencontres d’Arles, France, where his show Sans Regards (No Eyes) debuted in 2005. That show toured to the Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne, Switzerland; FOAM, Amsterdam; and the George Eastman House, Rochester, New York, and was the basis for his book The Unseen Eye: Photographs from the Unconscious (Aperture, 2011).

Finding the Universal in Photographic Narratives with Elinor Carucci
Sunday, October 5 & Saturday, November 1, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. both days

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Elinor Carucci, The woman that I still am 2, 2010

A two-part workshop designed as a point of inspiration and constructive criticism for the photographer who wishes to enhance their vision and style while delving deeper into the emotions, layers, and nuances of their images. On the first day, Carucci will give each student an assignment to be completed by the time the class reconvenes four weeks later.

Elinor Carucci (born in Jerusalem, 1971) graduated in 1995 from Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design with a degree in photography, then moved to New York that same year. She has had solo shows at Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York; Gallery Fifty One, Antwerp; and James Hyman Gallery and Gagosian Gallery, both in London, among others. She has also been included in group shows at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and The Photographers’ Gallery, London. Her photographs are included in the collections of institutions such as MoMA, Brooklyn Museum, and Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and her work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, the New Yorker, Details, New York, W, Aperture, ARTnews, and many more publications. She was awarded the International Center of Photography’s Infinity Award for a Young Photographer in 2001, the Guggenheim Fellowship in 2002, and a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship in 2010. Carucci has published three monographs to date: Mother (2013), Diary of a Dancer (2005), and Closer (2002). Carucci currently teaches at the photography graduate program at the School of Visual Arts, New York, and is represented by Edwynn Houk Gallery.

Portrait of Place with Gail Halaban
Saturday, October 11 & Sunday, October 12, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. both days

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Gail Albert Halaban, Out My Window, Upper East Side, 1438 3rd Avenue, Families Just Before Dinner, 2008



A weekend workshop that integrates portrait and landscape photography and explores the relationship of New York City to its inhabitants. Following a guided study of historic photographic precedents, Halaban will accompany students as they make new work on location in New York City.

Gail Albert Halaban (born in Washington, D.C.) holds an MFA in photography from Yale University. She has taught at the Art Center College of Design, Pasadena; International Center of Photography, New York; and Yale, among other notable institutions. She has been included in both group and solo exhibitions internationally. Her previous book, Out My Window, was published by powerHouse Books in 2012. Her most recent book, Gail Albert Halaban: Paris Views, will be published by Aperture in fall 2014. She is represented by Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York.

Jason Fulford on Visual Language: How Pictures Speak to Each Other
Saturday, November 15 & Sunday, November 16, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. both days

Jason Fulford, Scranton, PA, 2009


In this hands-on workshop, participants will discuss and experiment with visual language and the relationship between images. Participants will engage in a series of games and exercises that will teach them conceptual editing tools using found imagery.

Jason Fulford is a photographer and cofounder of J&L Books. He is a contributing editor to Blind Spot magazine and a frequent lecturer at universities. Monographs of his work include Sunbird (2000), Crushed (2003), Raising Frogs For $$$ (2006), The Mushroom Collector (2010), and Hotel Oracle (2013). He is coeditor with Gregory Halpern of The Photographer’s Playbook (Aperture, 2014), and coauthor with Tamara Shopsin of the photography book for children This Equals That (Aperture, 2014). Fulford is also a 2014 Guggenheim Fellowship recipient.

The Portrait in a Community Context with Dawoud Bey
Saturday, December 6 & Sunday, December 7, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. both days

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Dawoud Bey, DeMarco, South Shore High School, Chicago, 2003

Join Dawoud Bey for a workshop on creating compelling portraits within a community context. Aperture will partner with a church, school, community center, or shelter where students will craft engaging portraits of members of the community.

Dawoud Bey (born in New York, 1953) began his career as a photographer in 1975 with a series of photographs called Harlem, USA, which was later exhibited in his first one-person exhibition at the Studio Museum in Harlem in 1979. He has since had numerous exhibitions worldwide, at such institutions as the Art Institute of Chicago; Barbican Centre, London; Cleveland Museum of Art; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Detroit Institute of Arts; High Museum of Art, Atlanta; National Portrait Gallery, London; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, among many others. The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, organized a mid-career survey of his work, Dawoud Bey: Portraits 1975–1995, which then traveled to institutions throughout the United States and Europe. A major publication of the same title was also published in conjunction with that exhibition. Class Pictures was published by Aperture in 2007, and a traveling exhibition of this work toured to museums throughout the country from 2007 to 2011.