Tim Davis led an intensive two-day workshop, About About, intended to help photographic artists understand, discuss, conceptualize, and write about their work.
On the first day, each participant gave a short presentation of his or her work as Davis steered a series of discussions. Davis guided a critical analysis of each participant’s project, with an emphasis on how to make the work more relevant, true, comprehensible, and pointed. In the evening, participants continued to make new work utilizing personalized advice from Davis.
During the second day, participants presented the images created on the previous day, and further honed their projects. Davis led participants in an exercise that helped them get to the core of their work, and speak about it successfully.
The focus of this workshop was personal to each artist, yet Davis was able to give guidance that was at once highly specific and universally applicable to all participants by sharing wisdom from his own practices as well as from his experiences as a teacher at Bard.
Workshop participants left with a more directed idea about how to craft an artist statement describing their work, and a clarity about how to shape their photographic work into a meaningful project that makes sense for their inner directives.
Tim Davis is a photographer, writer, and musician living in upstate New York and teaching photography at Bard College. His recent exhibitions include a sound installation at the Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs, Unphotographable, for which he sampled the word unphotographable from dozens of versions of “My Funny Valentine” into a single composition. He is hard at work on a project called Cartoons, inspired by the cartoonist B. Kliban, in which he is turning jokes and comedic observances into photographs. His books include My Life in Politics (Aperture, 2006).
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