Master workshop with Larry Fink



© Larry Fink, Oscar Party, Meryl Streep And Natalie Portman, L.A., 2009.

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.


We’re incredibly excited to announce Larry Fink for our next Master Workshop weekend in June 2018!

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 20 open seats!


2-day weekend workshop

Empathy: The Hidden Eye

Larry Fink

June 2-3, 2018

Bowen Island, BC, Canada (Vancouver)

Open to all 18+ digital & film/analogue photographers

© Larry Fink, Larry Fink on Warhol.

© Larry Fink, Pat Sabatine's 8th Birthday Party, Martins Creek.

© Larry Fink, The Beats.




“Empathy is the emotional ability to feel the pulse of another. While picture making is the discipline with which we are concerned, the empathic postulation is the desire and ability to translate direct emotional experience into the two-­‐dimensional surface, that which we are blessed to utilize. There is no formula for success in picture making or in feeling. It is a combination of desire, revelation, and the luck of the draw.

On the first day, there will be a portfolio review. Within reason each individual picture, will be intuitively and analytically perceived. For each photographer, I will attempt to piece together an overview of the central, organic orbit of their visual thinking. There will be a certain degree of references from throughout the history of photography to see where images fit in to the historical context.

On the second day, I will take the book, Larry Fink: On Composition and Improvisation (which is available via Aperture), and walk through it, image-by-­ image, thought-­by-­thought to give students a sense of my own creative enterprise.We will then discover the innate aspects of empathy by gazing deeply into each other’s eyes with the idea of crafting a portrait of what it means to intuitively intermingle.
I am assuming that everyone works in digital, which gives us such an easy access to presently shot imagery. The miracle of electric digital photography works in our favor.” Larry Fink


Larry Fink is a professional photographer and teacher of over 55 years. He has been awarded two Guggenheim Fellowships and two National Endowment for the Arts. He has had one-man shows in the United States at the Museum of Modern Art, LACMA, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art and internationally at the Musée de l’Elysée in Switzerland, the Musée de la Photographie à Charleroi in France, the Andalusian Centre of Photography in Spain, and most recently the Musee de Arte Contemporaneo in Panama. His work is included in collections at the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney among many others, and he was the recipient of the ICP Infinity Award for Fine Art Photography in 2015. Larry’s first monograph, the seminal Social Graces (Aperture, 1984) left a lasting impression in the photographic community. There have been twelve other monographs with the subject matter crossing the class barrier in unexpected ways. Two of his most recently published books were on several “Best Of” lists of the year: The Beats published by Artiere /powerhouse and Larry Fink on Composition and Improvisation published by Aperture. His most recent published book is Opening the Sky (Stanley/Barker, 2015). With work previously appearing in Vanity Fair, W, GQ, Detour, and The New York Times Magazine, Larry now occasionally publishes portfolios with the New Yorker. He is currently working on a massive retrospective book to be published by the University of Texas Press. Grafiche dell’Artiere in Bologna will make the exquisite prints for the book.

© Larry Fink, Social Graces.

© Larry Fink, Social Graces.

© Larry Fink, Social Graces.

© Larry Fink, Social Graces.



$845USD (Regular)
$745USD (Past FotoFilmic entrants and students)


Payment must be received in full at time of registration.


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 submitted by April 15, 2018 deadline at the latest to receive a refund. Please note we will retain a  $200USD cancelation fee. Any cancelation request received past April 15 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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