Ashley Gilbertson Workshop
Dec 8 & 9, 2017, International House
Class limit: 12
Workshop fee: $395
Anyone can make a strong photograph – as evidenced by a cursory glance at some of the 2 billion photos uploaded every day. What makes a great photograph? Emotional content. Mood. Feel. This workshop will be beneficial to anyone looking to push the boundaries of their photography–how to capture emotion in a narrative; the image as a stand-alone image; the approach itself.
This workshop will cover topics such as thinking outside of the box, approaching strangers, making powerful images in confronting situations, and above all, how to photograph how a place feels over how it looks.
The two-day schedule will involve a combination of shooting, discussion and review. Practical career advice such as how to find assignments, propose projects, seek funding, and get work produced will also be addressed.
Who should attend?
This workshop is open to experienced, as well as up-and-coming photographers. Laptops will be needed and students should be familiar with their hardware and software in order to facilitate downloading and review of photos made during the workshop. Attendance is limited to 12 participants.
Participants are urged to bring a body of their own work on a flash drive to view and discuss at the workshop, along with their cameras and laptops. Photographing digitally will allow for the most immediate feedback, but film cameras and phone cameras are also welcome.
About the Instructor
Ashley Gilbertson is an Australian photographer and writer living in New York City widely recognized for his critical eye and unique approaches to social issues. Gilbertson is a member of the VII Photo Agency, a frequent contributor to The New York Times and a collaborator with the United Nations.
Early on, Gilbertson’s work focused on refugees, an interest that in 2002, led him to Iraq. His work from that country, earned critical acclaim from the Overseas Press Club which awarded Gilbertson the Robert Capa Gold Medal for his 2004 work in Falluja. Gilberton’s first book, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, released in 2007 to critical acclaim, went on to become a best seller.
After Iraq, Gilbertson shifted his focus to veterans issues, drawing attention to post traumatic stress disorder, suicide, and traumatic brain injuries. Gilbertson’s second book, Bedrooms Of The Fallen, a collection of photographs depicting the intact bedrooms of service members killed in Iraq and Afghanistan, was released in 2014. That work was published in The New York Times Magazine, and received a prestigious Ellie award, regarded then as the Pulitzer Prize of the magazine world.
Since 2014, Gilbertson has been examining global migration, with an emphasis the arrival and integration of refugees in Europe and the root causes for migration from Africa.
Gilbertson has shot commercial assignments for Apple Computer, Axa Insurance, and the Ad Council. Gilbertson’s prints and books are included in the permanent collections of numerous museums and art galleries around the world, and has been exhibited widely at institutions including The Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery (Washington), Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris), National Gallery of Victoria (Melbourne), Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (Kansas), and The National September 11 Memorial Museum (New York).
Gilbertson lectures at universities and museums globally, and will present a free public lecture at The Historic New Orleans Collection’s Williams Research Center on Sunday, December 10th.