Class limit: 15 students
Workshop fee: $395
[This workshop is now full]
Join acclaimed photographer Cig Harvey for a two-day intensive workshop that delves deeply into the creative process through a series of group discussions, writing and shooting exercises. The class will begin with a conversation about what defines a portfolio and how to begin a new body of work or deepen the exploration of a current project. Participants will share examples of their existing work, but the emphasis will be on creating new and future images and how to build the structure into one’s life to produce work. The day continues with an in depth exploration of the creative process, writing and mind-mapping to identify core concepts that can be drawn on for inspiration. Cig will discuss the threads that unite images to make a cohesive portfolio and how to turn ideas into photographs – making the invisible visible through use of metaphor and symbol, alongside formal considerations of light and composition. Students will then embark on individual shooting assignments into the late afternoon and evening.
Class will reconvene as a group on Saturday with short one-on-one sessions with Cig, discussing their edits and ideas. Students will then present the start of their new projects to the group for feedback and discussion. Students will define goals and deadlines to continue their work.
This workshop is open to all levels of photographers seeking to expand their image-making skills. Participants will learn how to enhance their current portfolio or begin a new project by discovering fresh ways of creating unique and singular work.
Students should bring their cameras and laptops. Photographing digitally will allow for more immediate feedback, but film cameras are also welcome. Please prepare a digital portfolio of 10-20 images to share with the group on day one.
About the Instructor
The photographs and artist books of Cig Harvey have been widely exhibited and remain in the permanent collections of major museums and collections, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas; the Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, Maine; and the International Museum of Photography and Film at the George Eastman House, Rochester, New York. She was recently nominated for the John Gutmann fellowship and a finalist of the BMW Prize at Paris Photo and the Prix Virginia, an international photography prize for women. Cig had her first solo museum show at the Stenersen Museum in Oslo, Norway, in the spring of 2012 in conjunction with the release of her monograph, You Look At Me Like An Emergency (Schilt Publishing, 2012). Her second book, Gardening At Night, was released in the spring of 2015. Cig’s devotion to visual storytelling has lead to innovative international campaigns and features with New York Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar Japan, Kate Spade, and Bloomingdales. Cig teaches workshops and regularly speaks on her work and processes at institutions around the world. She is known for her high energy, sense of humor and creativity. She brings a profound sense of optimism to all that she does.
Cig lives in a farmhouse in the Midcoast of Maine with her husband Doug, their daughter Scout, and Scarlet the dog. She was an assistant professor at the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University for ten years, but recently took a leap of faith to devote her life to purely making things.
This workshop is presented with support from Santa Fe Photographic Workshops.
Cancellations before November 1, 2015 will be issued a refund minus a $50 processing fee. Cancellations after Nov. 1 are not eligible for refunds.