Following a monthlong call during which we received a high number of applications – many of them from well established photographers – from North America, Europe and the Middle East, we’re excited to announce today the 15 photographers selected to take part to this rare mentoring opportunity with Joel Sternfeld! Our sincere thanks again to all applicants for their keen interest, and big congratulations to each participant for making it through an extremely competitive selection process!


  1. Michael Amato (Cromwell, CT, USA)
  2. Florian De Lomme (Los Angeles, CA, USA)
  3. David Bernstein (Columbus, OH, USA)
  4. Morgan Davis Foehl (Los Angeles, CA, USA)
  5. Brandon De Sha (Florissant, MO, USA)
  6. Nicole Enerson (Sudbury, MA, USA)
  7. Elisa Huerta-Enochian (Seattle, WA, USA)
  8. Tate Farrell (Seattle, WA, USA)
  9. Vikesh Kapoor (Los Angeles, CA, USA)
  10. Mariam Khudikyan (Los Angeles, CA, USA)
  11. Cassandra Klos (Durham, NC, USA)
  12. Thomas Ladd (Providence, RI, USA)
  13. Shawn Records (Portland, OR, USA)
  14. Talia Rosin (Tel Aviv, Israel)
  15. Dianna Temple (Columbia, MO, USA)



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.

© Joel Sternfeld, Exhausted Renegade Elephant, Woodland, Washington, June 1979

© Joel Sternfeld, A Man on the Banks of the Mississippi, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, August 1985

© Joel Sternfeld, Kansas City, Kansas, May 1983

© Joel Sternfeld, McLean, Virginia, December 1978 


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.



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.