Daring to See the World in a New Way

Maggie Steber | Photography - Advanced

This workshop is about visual storytelling in a new way. What story a participant wants to tell is up to them. The main purpose of telling a story or working on a series in one week, whatever shape it takes, is meant to hone skills and give participants a new way to see the world, to re-see it, if you will.  We will concentrate on finding new approaches to stories and ideas that have been photographed repeatedly, to think outside the box on how we can re-envision these ideas. This is the most important thing you will take away from this workshop, thinking of telling a story in a new way.

 

We look at things every day but we don't always see them. When we really focus our attention on something, be it an object, idea, or issue we begin to see it for the first time, re-see it instead of just looking. In a world where one billion photos are taken each day we suffer from a collective visual fatigue, even among a vibrant array of venues and greater opportunities for sharing photos. The big challenge is to show people something they haven’t seen before, a new approach to an old issue or idea that won’t go away. These are the two big goals for this workshop.

 

Participants can come with ideas, or we will brainstorm about what interests you and what you hope to accomplish. You may continue to work on projects already in progress, or produce a five-day series that would address some of the challenges you face in augmenting your storytelling abilities. The workshop will include 1:1 discussions about editing, sequencing, and in-class exercises in putting work together. Participants may bring a portfolio of work for review and discussion.

 

Any visual approach may be incorporated: documentary style, portrait style, or a more conceptual interpretive style. This is your chance to break out of what you think makes a good photograph or what is expected of you as a photographer, whether you are professional, student, or enthusiast.  We will look at examples of contemporary photography and sometimes more personal approaches that have made storytelling more intriguing and liberated from traditional visual ideas. This is not a class for beginners who expect to be taught how to use a camera but younger enthusiasts are more than welcome.

 

FIRST CLASS DAY:

The first day we will look at the work of a variety of photographers in both the documentary and art worlds whose styles you might want to apply this week to your own work. I will also show work. Participants should bring 10 to 15 images of their own which we will review as a class. In these images, I’m looking for how you shoot and what you find interesting so I can decide how to be of the most assistance to you during the week. We will discuss ideas and focus them.   Focusing an idea is one of the hardest things to do and this will be a helpful lesson.

 

The remaining days will be spent shooting photos and coming to class to edit them and discuss your progress and what might come next.  We might also meet one-on-one for a few days and then gather the class together. We will probably meet in the mornings but we can set a firmer schedule day to day depending on needs of the participants.

 

If any participants are working on longer term projects, please bring them for me to review with you. Participants must own their own cameras.

 

Type
Masterclass spanning over 6 days 


Limited Spaces

Saturday, February, 11 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Sunday, February, 12 TBC

Monday, February, 13 TBC

Tuesday, February, 14 TBC

Wednesday, February, 15 TBC

Thursday, February, 16 TBC

COST $1350

Portfolio Review Required

This class requires a portfolio review. Our sincerest desire is to maintain a consistent level of photographic proficiency for your sake and your fellow participants, therefore this advanced workshop requires a submission of sample images of your work prior to being allowed to book the workshop. Click on 'Add to Cart', Agree to Terms & Conditions and then you will be prompted to submit a selection of your images that best illustrate your readiness for this workshop.

We will review your images and respond to you within 1 working day. If we do not feel that your choice is appropriate, we will contact you to discuss alternatives.

This session is limited to 12 students only

You are a very confident camera user. You may be a passionate amateur photographer, aspiring professional, photographer's assistant or professional aiming to sharpen your skills.

You want to be introduced to new techniques that challenge you both technically and creatively and have an opportunity to work with professional grade equipment. You are also interested in being introduced to the process of professional photography from planning to finished image.

who should attend

You are a very confident camera user. You may be a passionate amateur photographer, aspiring professional, photographer's assistant or professional aiming to sharpen your skills.

You want to be introduced to new techniques that challenge you both technically and creatively and have an opportunity to work with professional grade equipment. You are also interested in being introduced to the process of professional photography from planning to finished image.


Portfolio Review Required

This class requires a portfolio review. Our sincerest desire is to maintain a consistent level of photographic proficiency for your sake and your fellow participants, therefore this advanced workshop requires a submission of sample images of your work prior to being allowed to book the workshop. Click on 'Add to Cart', Agree to Terms & Conditions and then you will be prompted to submit a selection of your images that best illustrate your readiness for this workshop.

We will review your images and respond to you within 1 working day. If we do not feel that your choice is appropriate, we will contact you to discuss alternatives.

Your camera and lenses, a USB with a selection of 10/15 pictures for review, your laptop.

What you should bring

Your camera and lenses, a USB with a selection of 10/15 pictures for review, your laptop.

Notes

The wokshop will start on 11th February and end on 16th  February. 
While the time in class is fixed as per the schedule on this page, it is expected that you dedicate your free time to working on your project. Additional class and one-on-one time with Maggie will be agreed on during the first day of workshop depending on the needs of the students and the group . 


We therefore do not recommend signing up for other workshops at GPP PHOTO WEEK 2017. 

About the Instructor
Maggie Steber

Maggie Steber is a documentary photographer known for her humanistic stories of people and cultures. She was named a National Geographic Woman of Vision and has worked in 66 countries, producing cultural stories as well as significant work on Haiti, Native Americans, and the sciences of sleep and memory loss. She has photographed for 30 years in Haiti. Aperture published her monograph entitled DANCING ON FIRE: Photographs from Haiti

Steber’s photographs are included in the Library of Congress. She was Assistant Managing Editor for Photography and Features at The Miami Herald from 1999-2003 and has served as judge on many competition and grant panels. She regularly teaches workshops at the World Press Photo Master Classes in Amsterdam, the Foundry Workshop, LOOK3 Photo Festival, Bursa Photo Festival in Turkey, and at various US workshops. Clients include National Geographic Magazine, The New York Times, Smithsonian, The New Yorker and many American and European publications

Limited Spaces

Saturday, February, 11 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Sunday, February, 12 TBA

Monday, February, 13 TBA

Tuesday, February, 14 TBA

Wednesday, February, 15 TBA

Thursday, February, 16 TBA

COST $1350

This session is limited to 12 students only

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