‘EXPANDING PHOTOGRAPHY’S EXPANDED FIELD’
2-DAY MASTER WORKSHOP WITH JOEL STERNFELD
Saturday September 14 + Sunday September 15, 2019
Bowen Island, Vancouver, BC, Canada
The work of Joel Sternfeld has, at several junctures in his long career, helped to move Photography forward: in the words of Kerry Brougher, chief curator and acting director of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (part of the Smithsonian), writing about Sternfeld’s landmark American Prospects, “he has likewise tainted the purity of photography in order to capture the condition of America. His shift from spontaneous snapshot to predetermined picture-making helped open the gates for a new type of photography now practiced by Gregory Crewdson, Rineke Dijkstra, Andreas Gursky, Thomas Ruff, Thomas Struth, and Jeff Wall, among many others.”
Similarly, his groundbreaking use of text with image in On This Site, in a manner that questioned our reading of landscape as well as the very nature of photographs as objects influenced Taryn Simon and others to employ related strategies.
A noted educator, he holds the Nobel Foundation Chair in Art and Cultural History at Sarah Lawrence College. Artists as diverse as Alec Soth and Chris Wiley are amongst his former students.
For this exceptional mentoring opportunity, the dialogue with alternate between student presentation of work, short topical lectures by Joel Sternfeld, and themed discussions drawing from Joel’s numerous bodies of work, all in an attempt to engage a conversation about the current state of the medium— and how it may be advanced. A particular emphasis will be upon the use of text or other narrative means in conjunction with photographs to enlarge the field of ideas and thoughts that may be communicated.
Underlying this workshop will be his belief that the central attainment of a young artist using photography may have less to do with learning the strictures of the medium as it has been previously practiced—and everything to do with finding one’s urgency, and a form that permits that urgency to live in the work.
ABOUT JOEL STERNFELD
Joel Sternfeld is an artist-photographer whose work is concerned with the utopic and dystopic possibilities of the American experience, as well as those of the human experience. Ever since the publication of his landmark study, American Prospects (1987), his work has maintained conceptual and political aspects, while also being steeped in history, art history, landscape theory, and seasonality. On This Site (1996) examines violence in America while simultaneously raising the question of what is knowable from a single photograph. All his subsequent work has sought to expand the narrative possibilities of still photography primarily through an authored text. His work is as ironic as it is dignified, as poetic as it is documentary. It represents a melding of time and place that serves to elucidate, honor, and warn. His books converse with each other and may be read as a collective whole. Sternfeld is the recipient of two Guggenheim Fellowships and spent a year in Italy on a Rome Prize. He teaches at Sarah Lawrence College, where he holds the Noble Foundation Chair in Art and Cultural History.
WORKSHOP 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 (pic 2.).
Today Bowen Island attracts visitors from all around the globe for its lakes, wild beaches (pic 5.), crown forest lands and beautiful hiking trails around and up Mount Gardner (2350 feet) offering stunning panoramic views of Howe Sound.
Visitors can enjoy many amenities, first in Snug Cove (‘downtown Bowen’) around the Union Steamship Company marina (pic 3.) and its boardwalks offering an array of attractions, historic turn-of-the-century buildings, quaint boutiques, galleries, restaurants and cafés. More options await at Village Square just up the main avenue with a general store and the Ruddy Potato market, to name just a few.
Picturesque Artisan Square (pic 4.), perched on top of Snug Cove and boasting beautiful scenic views, is where the workshop venue TCC (Terminal Creek Contemporary, pic.6) is located. Nearby is French inspired bakery Artisan Eats Café, Cocoa West Chocolatier and more. Created by Vancouver artist Scott Massey, TCC is an independent experimental exhibition space for critically engaged contemporary art in all genres.
$795 USD (Regular)
$695 USD (Students + Past FotoFilmic Entrants & Workshop Participants)
All workshop applications must be submitted by May 31st, 2019 (Midnight PST). Selected participants will be contacted on June 4th, 2019.
Applications are free of charge. 15 final participants will be selected for this workshop open to both film and digital photographers.
WORKSHOP DEPOSIT & PAYMENT
Upon being selected, participants will be required to send a deposit of $400 to secure their workshop seat. The remaining balance will be due by July 15, 2019.
WORKSHOP LOCATION & SCHEDULE
Terminal Creek Contemporary
569 Artisan Lane, Bowen Island
Bowen Island is part of Metro Vancouver and only a short 20-min. ferry ride from Vancouver’s Horseshoe Bay Terminal. Public Transportation is available from Vancouver Airport all the way to the ferry terminal (Canada Line + Bus 257 Express).
Saturday, September 14: 10:00-6:00pm
Sunday September 15: 10:00-6:00pm
TRAVEL, ACCOMMODATIONS & MEALS
Travel to & from Vancouver and Bowen Island is not included in workshop registrations. Detailed traveling directions & tips from Vancouver Airport are provided once registered. Accommodations on Bowen Island are also not included. FotoFilmic provides available accommodations listings on the island and can assist with bookings.
Fresh coffee & tea + morning snacks are provided at the workshop venue every morning.
CANCELATIONS & WITHDRAWALS
Withdrawal/cancelation notices must be submitted before July 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 July 15 will not be refunded. In the event the workshop 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 workshop gets canceled for any reason. Purchasing travel insurance is therefore recommended.
For any inquiries, please contact FotoFilmic Co-Director Bastien Desfriches Doria at email@example.com
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