JULY 21-22, 2018, BOWEN ISLAND

FotoFilmic Master Workshops program is designed to facilitate access to the celebrated practice of some of today’s most influential photographic artists. Conveniently scheduled during weekends and in the midsts of Bowen Island’s amazing natural scenery (Vancouver, BC, Canada), FotoFilmic’s Weekend Master Workshops are sure to inspire and boost the creative vision of all burgeoning photographers! 

Central to our workshops concept is also to re-experience a kind of natural artistic conviviality or camaraderie lost to globalization and instant communication: our small Pacific island setting slows down time and invites both the conversational and the personal to take part unscheduled making for meaningful networking.

MARK STEINMETZ: “The Lyrical Documentary”

Following successful workshop rounds with Todd Hido last October and Alex and Rebecca Norris Webb in May we’re incredibly excited to bring the great Mark Steinmetz to the island for our next Master Workshop weekend this July!

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to learn directly from one of the most iconic figures of photography today! Read on below for a detailed workshop description and quickly reserve 1 of the only 6 remaining open seats!

July being the high season on the island it is recommended to register by JUNE 30 to secure accommodations nearest to the workshop location in Snug Cove

Students, Recent Graduates (Jan. 2017 and after) and all past FotoFilmic Call entrants & Workshop attendants register at the preferred $495 rate ($100 OFF)

2-day Weekend Master Workshop

The Lyrical Documentary

Mark Steinmetz

Saturday, July 21 + Sunday, July 22, 2018

Bowen Island (Snug Cove) // Vancouver, BC, Canada

Open to both analogue & digital photographers 18+; 4 Seats Remaining


The great American photographer Walker Evans gave a lecture at Yale University in 1964 entitled Lyric Documentary. The word “lyric” suggests subjective and personal emotions, and “documentary” suggests the objective recording of facts. During the workshop, the students will focus on making work that describes the world but which also describes something of the photographer’s psyche and temperament. We will review work from past projects that students have brought with them and also edit and discuss photographs taken during the workshop. In addition, Mark will talk about his own work and influences. We will look at the American tradition and the French tradition, as well as contemporary photography from around the world. The aim is to help the students connect more deeply to their own practice and to consider their work within a more expanded context. 

Requirements: The participants will be expected to choose their own subject and define their own interests during the workshop. Please bring your portfolios for class review and critique – either in digital form, or, if possible, in prints.



Mark Steinmetz is a photographer who resides in Athens, Georgia (USA). He has ten books published by the Nazraeli Press (Paso Robles, CA): South Central, South East, Greater Atlanta, Summertime, Italia, The Ancient Tigers of my Neighborhood, Paris in my time, The Players, Angel City West, and Angel City West 2. A book with Stanley/Barker (London), 15 Miles to K-ville, was published in 2016.

Steinmetz’s work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and others. He has taught photography at Harvard University, Yale University, Sarah Lawrence College, Emory University, and The University of Hartford MFA Program. Steinmetz is a recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship and has exhibited widely in the United States and Europe.

Steinmetz had one-person shows at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art (New Orleans) in 2015 and at the Yancey Richardson Gallery (New York) and Lothringer13 Halle (Munich) in 2017. Mark currently has a solo show of his latest work ‘ATL/Terminus’ on the Atlanta airport on view at the High Museum of Art until June 24th.



$595 USD (Regular)
$495 USD
(Past FotoFilmic entrants and students)


Payment is due at time of registration. Registrations are open until JUNE 30.


Registrants are responsible for their own accommodations and meals, however FotoFilmic is there to help coordinate all booking on the island and provides a detailed information package for 3 nearby recommended lodges. FotoFilmic also offers authentic French collations every morning including complimentary coffee + croissants & pains-au-chocolat locally made at Artisan Eats!


Withdrawal/cancelation notices must be sent by June 22, 2018 deadline at the latest to receive a refund. Please note we will retain a  $250USD cancelation fee. Any cancelation request received past June 22 cannot be refunded. In the event the workshop was not meeting minimal enrolment to run and needed to be canceled your deposit will be refunded in full (no cancelation fee retained). Please note FotoFilmic will not be responsible for refunding traveling expenses in case the workshop gets cancelled. Purchasing travel insurance is therefore recommended.


For any inquiries, please contact FotoFilmic Co-Director Bastien Desfriches Doria at


Bowen Island has long been known since the early 1900’s as Vancouver’s gate-away to nature taking Vancouverites far from the city yet being so close and easily accessible. Still a popular one-day destination today, Bowen Island sits less than 2 miles to the mainland coast at its closest point making for a short 20mn taxi boat ride from downtown Vancouver, and an even shorter 15mn ferryboat crossing from Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver. The island itself is about 3.5 miles wide by 7.5 miles long and is being called home by up to 3,400 residents at the peak of the summer. Famously, there are no camping grounds, hotels or developed resorts on the island, a testimony to the strong independent mind of its widely artistic/creative community that forces most visitors to vacate of the end of the day. This has helped preserve a sense of authenticity and simplicity living on the island, enjoying its natural beaches and small village life less than an hour away from Vancouver’s bustling urban culture. “The Cove” where BC ferryboats dock almost every hour of the day serves as its main shopping and dining district featuring a marina with half a dozen fine restaurants, a few coffee places, a local pub and general store, several boutique stores, and about half a mile further up an “Artisan Square” with art and craft galleries, a gym and more.

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