“The Documentary Journey: The Photographer Transformed”
> photography workshop with Erica McDonald & Maggie Steber
from July 1 to July 7 2013 | seven days of full immersion in photography | final presentation party | meetings with New York photographers and professionals of the field
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In this weeklong journey, Maggie and Erica will guide the students toward creating a nuanced set of photographs from a point of view unique to the photographer and appropriate for the story, emphasizing the use of personal vision to create a powerful narrative. Through an intensive course of study and daily practice, students will draw from the documentary tradition and methodology as well as contemporary approaches to create a meaningful body of work. In our group critiques and individual portfolio reviews, we’ll discuss purpose, vision, access, ethics, approaches to storytelling, and how editing and sequencing are critical elements of a compelling visual essay.
Students are asked to research potential project ideas before arriving in New York and to be prepared to start photographing early Monday morning. Daily group editing sessions will offer chances for open conversation and expanded potential for learning more about the elements of successful photographs and essays. The workshop will call for long hours working in the field so students may absorb as much knowledge and experience as possible. At the workshop’s end we will celebrate by sharing the students’ best work of the week. Students can expect to leave with a new body of work and a strengthened foundation for continuing their photographic journeys. A working knowledge of your digital SLR camera and workflow is essential. Students wishing to shoot film in any format may do so if they are prepared to have daily trips to the lab and have their negatives transferred to disc at their own expense.
Each participant will receive a bibliography/filmography prior to the workshop in order to have a point of reference for the work to realize during the workshop.
During the week of the workshop there will be meetings with photographers, artists and photo editor from New York photography community.
At the end of the workshop a certificate of participation will be released to each participant.
Info and admission:
The workshop participation fee is 800,00 euro. For US residents the cost is 800$.
The fee does not include trip or accommodation costs. The staff is available for helping with trip and accommodation arrangements.
To submit your participation, please send an email to email@example.com, with your name, surname, phone number and email address, indicating the workshop of your interest. At this time, it is required to send a portfolio or selection of images that represent your work.
The maximum number of participants allowed in the workshop is 12.
The workshop will be held in English with simultaneous Italian translation available for non English speaking participants.
Early Birds: for enrollments prior to March 15th 2013, 20% discount on the workshop fee (640,00 euro for all nationalities.). Limited availability.
> Spazio Labo’ | Center of Photography offers three scholarships, one for each workshop of the “Photography Workshop in New York” 2013 edition, dedicated to under 26 photographers. The application deadline is March 1st 2013. Call for entries available for download in the INFO page.
©All images in the gallery: Erica McDonald (first set of images), Maggie Steber (second set of images)
Erica began working in the field of photography under the tutelage of esteemed photo dealer Joe Folberg at Vision Gallery in San Francisco, a “mini-mecca” for photographers. When the chance came for her to manage the gallery at The Maine Photographic Workshops, she was rewarded with the opportunity to learn through the company of some of photography’s greatest image makers.
Erica holds a BA in Linguistics from New York University with studies in Anthropology and Art History. After studying printmaking at the Massachusetts College of Art and working in graphic design, she returned to New York City to pursue her own photographic work.
Since 2010, she has taught an annual intensive documentary photography workshop through Spazio Labo’ Center of Photography. In 2011, she became an Adjunct Lecturer in Photojournalism at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and joined the Advisory Committee for Rehabilitation Through Photography and the Editorial Committee at Photojournale. In 2012, McDonald co-curated the exhibit “Uncommon Intimacy: Quattro fotografe e la scuola newyorchese” at Spazio Labo’ in Bologna, Italy featuring the work of Amy Stein, Juliana Beasley, Amy Touchette and Erica McDonald, and the “Multimedia Night: Women in Multimedia” for Arte Fiera. Erica has served as a contributing editor to the book ‘Connections Across A Human Planet’, a collection of photo documentary stories from around the world and has reviewed portfolios for PDN PhotoExpo / Palm Springs Photo Festival. She teaches at the International Center of Photography in New York.
Continually inspired by a long line of creatives as well as by the subject and circumstance before her, McDonald believes in the importance of lineage and the narrative in photography.
Commissions and publications include: Mother Jones, Rolling Stone, The New York Times, Financial Times Weekend Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Popular Photography, Bloomberg Businessweek, Boston Magazine, Courrier International Magazine, YES! Magazine, BE Magazine, El Mundo, Gioia Magazine, The Epoch Times, The Week, Runner’s World Magazine, burn magazine and its printed collector’s edition burn.01, The British Journal of Photography, The Collector’s Guide to New Art, Nonesuch Records and Rhino Records.
McDonald’s photographs have been exhibited in Australia, Romania, Italy, and France, and in New York by PowerHouse, the Museum of the City of New York & South Street Seaport Museum, the Camera Club of New York, at Magnum photographer David Alan Harvey’s burn gallery, at FotoWeek DC and at Gallery Carte Blanche in San Francisco, California. Her work has been included in projections and exhibits at the Athens Photo Festival, the Head On Photo Festival, Fovea, LOOK3, the Angkor Photo Festival, Bursa Photofest, Palm Springs Photo Festival, the FotoGrafia Festival in Rome and the Slideluck Potshow. Awards and nominations include IPA/Lucies, PX3, The NY Photo Awards and the Magnum Cultural Foundation EPF, and a Lower East Side Printshop Residency.
For more information: ericamcdonaldphoto.com
Maggie Steber has worked as a documentary photographer in 63 countries.
Her longtime work in Haiti received the prestigious Alicia Patterson Foundation Grant and the Ernst Haas Grant. A collection of the Haiti photographs was published in “Dancing on Fire: Photographs from Haiti”, by Aperture. She was a contract photographer for Newsweek Magazine for 4 years and has worked for several picture agencies as well as the Associated Press in New York as a photo editor. She has worked on numerous stories of various natures for National Geographic Magazine since 1988.
From 1999 to 2003, Steber served as Asst. Managing Editor for Photography And Features at The Miami Herald. In 2007, she received a grant from the Knight Foundation to design a new newspaper prototype through the new Knight Center for International Media at the University of Miami. From 2008 through 2010, Steber was invited as one of the MASTER TEACHERS at the
World Press Photo Foundation’s Joop Swart classes. In 2008, she was honored guest speaker at the formal gathering of distinguished guests in Amsterdam. Steber was distinguished invited guest in 2008 to the Pingyao Photo Festival where she exhibited her longtime work on Native Americans and made the main evening presentation. That exhibition was her 3rd in China.
has exhibited twice at Visa Pour L’Image in Perpignan, France and at Jardins du Luxumbourg in Paris as part of the 20th anniversary exhibition Reporters Sans Frontieres and widely throughout the US and the
Maggie’s breathtaking list of honors includes:
—The Leica Medal of Excellence
—First Prize Spot News World Press Photo Foundation News
—First Prize Magazine Documentary in Pictures of the Year (iPOY)
—Overseas Press Oliver Rebbot Award Best Photographic Coverage from
—The Medal of Honor for Distinguished Service to Journalism from Univ. of
—Grants: Alicia Patterson Foundation, the Ernst Haas Grant and Knight Fdn.
—3-time finalist for Eugene Smith Grant for Humanistic Photography
Her work appears regularly in National Geographic Magazine, The New York Times Magazine and daily, The New Yorker, Smithsonian, and many other American and European magazines. She is a much sought after educator and speaker. Her photographs are widely exhibited and are included in museum and private collections. She has served as a judge for World Press Photo Foundation and the Alicia Patterson Foundation on four occasions, and on POYi and numerous other judging panels.
For more information: audacityofbeauty.com