“Images can describe, provoke, abstract, interpret, but they are not absolute”
In Carolyn Drake’s workshop, students will explore photography, not as a method to document the real world, but as a creative practice: a tool to engage with, interpret, tell stories about, and provoke thought and feeling about our surroundings. Students will spend a week shooting, experimenting and editing, to create a personally driven photographic series.
Mornings will be group sessions devoted to reviewing and critiquing the images shot the day before. This is not a lecture series – students will be expected to engage in conversation and group critique. In the afternoons, students will head into the city to further develop their projects.
In class meetings the group will go through the questions that come up when working on a long-term series: how do ideas develop, how do stylistic choices affect the meaning of your work, how do you get access to strangers and to institutions, what role can collaboration, imagination, and intervention play in documentary, what larger questions does your work examine? We will talk about what makes individual images work and how the editing process can elucidate, complicate, or obscure the meaning of your work. The workshop will be a forum for open discussion, exchange, and debate.
Each student will work to create an edited photographic series, which will be shown as a public screening on the final evening of the workshop.
Please come to the first session with a collection of digital or printed images of your previous work and some ideas for a project you will pursue during the week.Date and time: 11 Oct 2016, 12:00
Course fee: 4,110 AED ($1120)