SEMINAR POSTPONED TO SPRING 2021. APPLICATIONS ARE CLOSED. ALL SEMINAR SPOTS ARE FILLED
2-DAY SEMINAR WITH STEPHEN SHORE
“THE NATURE OF PHOTOGRAPHS”
SATURDAY JUNE 13 + SUNDAY JUNE 14, 2020
BOWEN ISLAND/VANCOUVER, BC, CANADA
What are photographs today? It merely took a decade to revolutionize in fundamental ways how the world looked at and did photography for over half a century, profoundly transforming the medium’s visual culture and its disputed claim as an art form.
Enter the brave new world of Instagram publishing, hypermedia presence and unending social media sharing: what does being a photographer truthfully mean now? What essential parameters should one consider in order to legitimate someone taking pictures as such? Or couldn’t it all rather have to see with the actual making of photographs, that one enduring defining act of photography? Even so, hasn’t the nature of photographs itself changed forever?
Who else but Stephen Shore, a most seminal figure of color photography and a noted early adopter of digital technology, to circumnavigate the muddled waters of our photographic moment? Take part in a once in a lifetime conversation as he lays out the extent of his 45-year understanding of the medium and draws clarification from his many groundbreaking books, paying particular attention to The Nature of Photographs, the precious offspring of his extensive academic career at Bard College.
Throughout this seminar participants will also have the opportunity to contribute a number of individual questions correlating their work and practice to the ongoing discussion (more details in the seminar description below).
© Cover image: Stephen Shore, Holden Street, North Adams, Massachusetts, July 13, 1974
ABOUT STEPHEN SHORE
Stephen Shore‘s work has been widely published and exhibited for the past forty-five years. He was the first living photographer to have a one-man show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York since Alfred Stieglitz, forty years earlier. He has also had one-man shows at George Eastman House, Rochester; Kunsthalle, Dusseldorf; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Jeu de Paume, Paris; and Art Institute of Chicago. In 2017, the Museum of Modern Art opened a major retrospective spanning Stephen Shore’s entire career. He has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. His series of exhibitions at Light Gallery in New York in the early 1970s sparked new interest in color photography and in the use of the view camera for documentary work.
More than 25 books have been published of Stephen Shore’s photographs including Uncommon Places: The Complete Works; American Surfaces; Stephen Shore, a retrospective monograph in Phaidon’s Contemporary Artists series; Stephen Shore: Survey and most recently, Factory: Andy Warhol and Stephen Shore: Selected Works, 1973-1981. In 2017, the Museum of Modern Art published Stephen Shore in conjunction with their retrospective of his photographic career. Stephen also wrote The Nature of Photographs, published by Phaidon Press, which addresses how a photograph functions visually. His work is represented by 303 Gallery, New York; and Sprüth Magers, London and Berlin. Since 1982 he has been the director of the Photography Program at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, where he is the Susan Weber Professor in the Arts.
SATURDAY, JUNE 13 + SUNDAY JUNE 14
BOWEN ISLAND, BC
Each participant must read Guest Artist Stephen Shore’s book ‘The Nature of Photographs’ integrally before the seminar and prepare a set of 5 different questions to be shared and discussed within the seminar group. The participants’ questions will serve as the foundation for a larger, open conversation to take place about the place and role of the photographic print today, as well as about photographic literacy in the digital age and in relation to contemporary issues and trends.
The Nature of Photographs is the essential primer of photography, not only for students but for anyone with an interest in the medium. This book grew out of a college course that Stephen Shore taught for many years. Its aim is not to explore photographic content – the subject of an image – but to describe the physical and formal attributes of a photographic print, the very elements that form the tools a photographer uses to define and interpret that content. By teaching us how to look at photographs and helping us to see the world the way the photographer may have seen it, Shore also teaches us a way of looking at the world around us.
SEMINAR 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 paradisiac getaway since the 1900s. Dubbed ‘Happy Isle’ in the 1950s, this enchanted island is known to Vancouverites for its exceptional serenity, centennial natural park and laid-back country living all easily accessible a mere 15-minute ferry ride from mainland.
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. For all its nature, visitors also enjoy ‘Snug Cove’ (aka Downtown Bowen), Bowen’s main hub and historical marina featuring an array of attractions from historic turn-of-the-century buildings and quaint boardwalk boutiques, to many galleries, fine groceries and most of modern life’s amenities, and ‘Artisan Square‘ (aka Uptown Bowen), home to the island’s artistic community and FotoFilmic’s workshop centre.