JULY 18 – 22, 2022, BOWEN ISLAND, BC

Let’s start with the premise that every photograph is ambiguous—the image is fixed, but the meaning is not. ALSO: Things can be true, but only from a given perspective at a given time. AND: Chance favors the prepared mind. Now, our possibilities for storytelling open up. We can play with the photograph’s inherent open-endedness to either heighten the mystery or clarify a point of view.

In this five-day workshop of rigorous games and exercises, using your pictures, we will experiment with these topics. A few of our heroes will be Sarah Charlesworth, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, and Raymond Queneau. We will think in both abstract & literal ways; with emotion & logic; with poetry & judgment. And we will let chance be our guide. 

You should come with an open mind, a sense of humor and a strong work ethic. The desired outcome is a way of thinking and living that generates rich and layered meanings.

Cover image: © Jason Fulford


Jason Fulford is a photographer and co-founder of J&L Books. He is a Guggenheim Fellow, a frequent lecturer at universities, and has led workshops across the globe. Fulford’s photographs have been described as open metaphors. As an editor and an author, a focus of his work has been on the subject of how meaning is generated through association. His monographs include Sunbird (2000), Crushed (2003), Raising Frogs for $$$ (2006), The Mushroom Collector (2010), Hotel Oracle (2013), Contains: 3 Books (2016), Clayton’s Ascent (2018), The Medium is a Mess (2018) and Picture Summer on Kodak Film (2020). He is co-author with Tamara Shopsin of the photobook for children, This Equals That (2014), co-editor with Gregory Halpern of The Photographer’s Playbook (2014), guest editor of Der Greif Issue 11, and editor of Photo No-Nos (2021).