CREATIVE IMMERSION: 3-DAY WORKSHOP RETREAT WITH CAROLYN DRAKE, LUCY CONTICELLO & RICHARD RENALDI
FRIDAY OCT 18 + SATURDAY OCT 19 + SUNDAY OCT 20, 2019
BOWEN ISLAND/VANCOUVER, BC, CANADA
CREATIVE IMMERSION is FotoFilmic’s new 3-day artistic development program combining the creative strengths of 3 acclaimed artists and leading photography industry experts together into one intensive, game-changing learning experience unique in the field.
Anchored in the awe-inspiring natural settings of beautiful Bowen Island a mere 20-minute ferry crossing from mainland Vancouver, the CREATIVE IMMERSION platform aligns three consecutive one-day workshops whose varying focuses act as powerful building blocks towards developing and honing many of the critical skills necessary to becoming a successful, working photographer today.
For this first Fall 2019 CREATIVE IMMERSION edition we are excited to collaborate with celebrated Magnum Photographer Carolyn Drake, as well as veteran photography editor Lucy Conticello currently the Director of Photography of M, Le Monde Magazine in Paris, and world renowned portrait photographer and 2015 Guggenheim Fellowship recipient Richard Renaldi to push the boundaries of 3 key practice areas: artistic envisioning, photo editing for commission work, and bookmaking.
The retreat will welcome a maximum of 30 participants organized in 10-student groups rotating workshops each day. An evening conversation with the 3 guest artists interacting with all is also part of the program. Applications are free of charge, with 3 Partial (50%) Scholarships awarded to current photography students and recent graduates (May 2018 and after).
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“RISK AND COMMITMENT IN CREATIVE PRACTICE”
This one-day class will dissect how a photographic project can grow and deepen over time. We will consider the conceptual and aesthetic questions that arise when editing your work, and how these can be used to spark new ideas and directions. The artist Carolyn Drake has created several long term bodies of photo-based work while living in the United States, Turkey, Ukraine, and China. Shifting over time from a documentary mode to a more collaborative and imaginative one, she will discuss the hurdles she found along the way, and how self-criticism and failure spurred her to take risks and innovate her practice.
We will also explore the balancing act between thinking deeply and acting creatively – how giving too much or too little weight to either can expand or deflate your work. This is not a how-to workshop, but a chance to share, question, and challenge yourself to be aware of the problems in your work and make it stronger. Students should bring 20-30 images that they wish to have viewed as a “body of work” or project, and should be prepared to participate in the discussion. We will not seek consensus, as all work is open to debate and disagreement.
ABOUT CAROLYN DRAKE
Carolyn Drake works on long term photo-based projects seeking to interrogate dominant historical narratives. Early in her career, she adopted a lyrical approach to photographing the real world. More recently, she has shifted toward a collaborative, multi-voiced, mixed media practice. With contributions from her collaborators, she has incorporated collage, drawing, sewing, and found materials into her work. She is interested in creating stories that collapse the traditional divide between author and subject and challenge entrenched binaries. Following her graduation from Brown University in 1994, Drake moved to New York and worked as a multimedia producer for many years before departing to engage with the world through photography. She has made work across the world, in places such as Ukraine, Turkey, Central Asia, and China. She spent a decade based in Istanbul, producing three acclaimed, self-published photobooks: Two Rivers (2013), Wild Pigeon (2014), and Internat (2017). Her new work Knit Club is forthcoming with TBW Books in 2020. Drake is the recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship, a Fulbright fellowship, and the Lange Taylor Prize, among other awards. She now lives in Vallejo, California and is making work in the US.
“PHOTO EDITING: CONSTRUCTING A NARRATION AND PITCHING IT”
In this editorial practice workshop Lucy will provide an in-depth industry overview of the scope and core responsibilities of photo editors today, and underscore how to successfully structure the essential elements of a narration seeked in commissioned assignments. Lucy will also share her insights in the art of pitching work to editors and directors of photography drawing on her decade long experience on the receiving end, fostering a positive group environment to deliver each participant honest feedback and tailored criticism to identify what visual strategies and problem solving tools should be further explored to strengthen future pitches and secure more opportunities.
Being familiar with industry expectations and the role good photo editing skills play in building visual narration and clarifying its stories for readers is paramount. But as photographers it is often not enough to be able to make strong impactful photographs that hold together as a well balanced and sequenced narratives. Equally fundamental to editorial work is to be seen: to have your best stories and projects on the industry’s radar. Having worked for a wide variety of top photography commissioners in New York, Paris and Rome, (Business Week, The New York Times & New York Times magazine, Courrier International, The International Herald Tribune, Sipa Press, Magnum Photos, the AFP, Etc.) Lucy will also address the importance of researching potential media clients beforehand to build a sound understanding of how to approach them, prepare well calibrated, publication specific pitches moving from one commission to the next, as well as how to revisit work edits to stay fresh and current and eventually develop productive, long-term relationships keeping editors abreast of your new projects without crowding their inbox unnecessarily.
Students will be sent an email a few weeks prior to the workshop in order to get their work ready for the class, and asked to bring a wide spanning body of work in the form of small 4×6 inches (10x15cm) work prints.
ABOUT LUCY CONTICELLO
Photography editor, critic and lecturer Lucy Conticello has worked for Business Week, The New York Times, l’Espresso, The New York Times magazine, Courrier International, The International Herald Tribune as well as photography agencies such as Sipa Press, Magnum Photos and –briefly, the AFP. In 2011 Lucy joined M, the newly redesigned weekend magazine of Le Monde as the Director of Photography coordinating a staff of photo editors in charge of all the editorial assignments (portraits and features) for the magazine. Lucy has been assigning photographers for several years now; what she loves most is the creative process of pairing photographers with stories, brainstorming ideas and seeing how these pictures end up defining these articles. She regularly takes part in international photography juries, most recently The LensCulture Portrait Award and the Prix Virginia, as well as portfolio reviews and workshops. Lucy also sits on the Advisory Committee for Unseen Amsterdam.
“BUILDING YOUR PHOTOGRAPHIC BOOK”
This one day class will explore the current landscape of the photography book publishing market, and will focus on the process of editing, sequencing and preparing a body of work for publication. Photographer and publisher Richard Renaldi will explain the steps involved in shepherding a project from the portfolio state through to published book.
During the course we will address the questions of what makes a good book, why publish a book, and what considerations go into publishers’ decisions about marketability, sales and distribution. Richard will relate his experiences working with Aperture on his first book Figure and Ground, as well as starting his own publishing company Charles Lane Press in 2008. Students should come prepared to share at least one portfolio of 20-30 images that they hope someday to have published.
Students will be expected to evaluate and critique the work of their peers, and should feel comfortable talking about photography, books and art with the instructor and with each other. (Please note, this is not a course on book construction or book binding techniques).
ABOUT RICHARD RENALDI
Richard Renaldi was born in Chicago in 1968. He received a BFA in photography from New York University in 1990. He is represented by Benrubi Gallery in New York and Robert Morat Galerie in Berlin. Five monographs of his work have been published, including Richard Renaldi: Figure and Ground (Aperture, 2006); Fall River Boys (Charles Lane Press, 2009); Touching Strangers (Aperture, 2014); Manhattan Sunday (Aperture, 2016); I Want Your Love (Super Labo, 2018). He was the recipient of a 2015 fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.
RETREAT LOCATION: BOWEN ISLAND
Nestled in spectacular Howe Sound, North America’s southernmost fjord surrounded by towering peaks that rise straight out of the sea, Bowen Island is Vancouver’s natural playground since the 1900s. Dubbed Happy Isle in the 1950s, this enchanted island is known to Vancouverites for its exceptional serenity and laid-back country living easily accessible just a short 20-minute ferry ride from the city.
Today Bowen Island attracts visitors from all around the globe for its lakes, beaches, crown forest lands and beautiful hiking trails up to Mount Gardner (2350 feet) offering stunning panoramic views of Howe Sound. Visitors can also enjoy ‘Snug Cove’, its tiny port and historical marina revitalized with an array of attractions, historic old turn-of-the-century buildings, quaint boutiques, galleries and boardwalks.
THE BOWEN ISLAND LODGE – After a thrilling artful day, kick back with a good book by the large wood burning stone fireplace, or relax in the shade of the cedars overlooking the shoreline and natural beauty that surrounds the Lodge. Located in Deep Bay, Bowen Island lodge is a short stroll from the ferry terminal and Snug Cove’s amenities.
$1095USD: REGULAR REGISTRATIONS
$550USD: PARTIAL SCHOLARSHIPS (X3)
3 students or recent graduates will be awarded a partial (50%) scholarship
All workshop applications must be submitted by July 29, 2019 (Midnight PST). Selected participants will be contacted by August 1st, 2019.
Applications are free of charge. 30 final participants (3 groups of 10) will be selected for this retreat open to both film and digital photographers.
WORKSHOP DEPOSIT & PAYMENT
Upon being selected, participants will be required to send a deposit of $500 to secure their retreat seat. The remaining balance will be due by September 15, 2019.
SEMINAR LOCATION & TIME
The Bowen Island Lodge
380 Cardena St, Bowen Island, BC, V0N 1G2
Friday Oct 18, Saturday Oct 19 and Sunday Oct 20
9:30-5:00pm (time subject to change)
TRAVEL, ACCOMMODATION AND MEALS
Travel to and from Vancouver/Bowen Island is not included. Detailed directions + traveling tips are however provided upon registration.
Coffee, tea and small snacks are provided every morning.
Accommodations are not included but FotoFilmic is happy to arrange booking a room on your behalf at the Bowen Island Lodge (same venue as the retreat). Availability for the weekend is limited and reservations will be accepted on a first-come first-served basis.
CANCELATIONS & WITHDRAWALS
Withdrawal/cancelation notices must be submitted before September 15, 2019 at the latest to receive a refund. Please note a $250 USD cancelation fee is retained on deposits. Any cancelation request received past September 15 will not be refunded. In the event the retreat is not meeting minimum enrolment and needs to be canceled your deposit will be refunded in full (no cancelation fee retained). Please also note FotoFilmic will not be responsible for refunding traveling expenses in case this seminar gets canceled for any reason. Purchasing travel insurance is therefore recommended.
For any inquiries, please contact FotoFilmic Co-Director Bastien Desfriches Doria at firstname.lastname@example.org
© Photo credits: (top) Carolyn Drake. From the series Internat, 2014-2016, (middle) Richard Renaldi, Chris and Amaira; Chicago, IL, 2013. From the series Touching Strangers.