“The Open City”

July 7 – July 13 2014
Workshop with Carolyn Drake and Andres Gonzalez

  • Carolyn Drake

  • Carolyn Drake

  • Carolyn Drake

  • Carolyn Drake

  • Carolyn Drake

  • Carolyn Drake

  • Carolyn Drake

  • Andres Gonzalez

  • Andres Gonzalez

  • Andres Gonzalez

  • Andres Gonzalez

  • Andres Gonzalez

  • Andres Gonzalez

  • Andres Gonzalez

A workshop taught by two great voices in documentary photography, to learn how to develop a personal project using New York as the ideal visual playground.

 “You run risks. That’s the plain truth. You run risks and, even in the most unlikely places, you are subject to destiny’s whims.” – Roberto Bolaño

Photography requires both control and an openness to chance, and this workshop will focus on finding a delicate balance between the two while fully immersing yourself in a project of your choice in NYC. In a week of intensive shooting, experimentation, and research, you will be pushed to engage with the substance of life in the city and formulate an approach that meshes with your subject matter. Whether you are photographing the familiar or the peculiar, examining your own psyche or entering the lives of others, shooting your own photos or appropriating someone else’s, you will work to to create images that expand the ideas or desires that got you started. We will also examine how the editing process can elucidate, complicate, or obscure the meaning of your work. And we’ll discuss recent experiments in documentary photography, looking at the ways artists continue to use photographs to speak about truth despite the widespread questioning of their truthfulness.

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. After that, mornings will be group sessions devoted to reviewing and critiquing the images you shot the day before. In the afternoons, you will head into the city to further develop your project. As the week progresses, we will also invite some notable New York photographers to present and discuss their work to the class.

Carolyn Drake and Andres Gonzalez, partners for over a decade, have turned to each other for feedback on a daily basis over the years, despite having different approaches to photography. They hope to bring this dialogue into the workshop, creating a forum for open discussion, exchange, and debate. It will be a chance to be criticized, share ideas, and put yourself out there. 


Information

Dates: from July 7 to July 13 2014
Place: Brooklyn, New York
Duration: 7 days
Participation fee: 650

During this 7 days workshop participants will be guided in the conception and realization of a personal photo project. 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. After that, mornings will be group sessions devoted to reviewing and critiquing the images you shot the day before. In the afternoons, you will head into the city to further develop your project. As the week progresses, we will also invite some notable New York photographers to present and discuss their work to the class.The projects realized during the workshop will be presented to the NYC photo community during a final slideshow party. Each participant’s project will also be showed on this website.

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  • – The workshop is open to everyone: students, advanced amateurs or professional photographers, with no age/sex/nationality restrictions, are welcome. Enrollment is open until each class fills. The maximum number of participants accepted is 12.
  • – The workshop is reserved to Spazio Labo’|Centro di fotografia’s 2014 members. The 2014 membership fee of 15€ can be submitted at the time of registration to the workshop.
  • – Once your application is accepted, in order to confirm your participation to the workshop an advance payment is required. We will send all the information via e-mail.
  • – The fee of the workshop does not include travel or accommodation expenses. Spazio Labo’ staff is available for helping participants with travel and accommodation arrangements. We offer the possibility of booking a single room inside the prestigious student dormitory of the Pratt Institute in BrooklynThis year we are partnering with Pratt University to offer students a private dorm room with wi-fi, cleaning service, common kitchen and relax area access, for only $40.00 a night.  This is a great option for students that are looking for privacy, security and a reasonably priced place to stay. It’s conveniently located in the nice Clinton Hill area of Brooklyn, a short metro’s distance from the workshop location. This is a great opportunity to build a community with the other workshop students that will be housed in the dorm, as well.
  • – If you are a photographer under 26 years old, you can win a scholarship to participate in this workshop, offered by Spazio Labo’ | Centro di fotografia. The application deadline is April 11 2014. More information about how to apply for the scholarship here.

  • – The workshop is held in a loft in Brooklyn.
  • -LEICA Store Firenze is the technical sponsor of PWNY 2014: all the workshop participants will have the opportunity to try a LEICA M during the workshop days.
  • – A bibliography and filmography in order to get prepared for the workshop will be sent to the participant once they are enrolled.
  • – Technical equipment (camera, extra accessories and laptop) must be provided by each participant. Digital equipment is not obligatory, but it is recommended. Participants who wish to shoot with film will be able to do so, as long as they are aware of the times and costs necessary for the development of the film in laboratory, and of the costs relative to the scanning and digitalizing of negatives. The staff will help participants with a list of laboratories.
  • – The workshop will be held in English. Help with translation is available if needed.
  • – Spazio Labo’ | Centro di fotografia’s staff will be present during the workshop.
  • – The workshop releases a certificate of participation at its end.

Bio

CarolynCarolyn Drake is a documentary photographer whose work has focused on Central Asia for the last seven years. Her acclaimed first book, Two Rivers, was published in 2013, and she is the recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship, a Fulbright Fellowship and the Lange Taylor Documentary prize, among other photography awards. Carolyn studied Media/Culture and History at Brown University and photography at the International Center of Photography and Ohio University. In addition to pursuing self-driven photography projects, she often accepts editorial commissions from clients such as The New Yorker and National Geographic. She is one of the 2014 Magnum Foundation Emerging Fund grantees.

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AndresAndres Gonzalez is a photographer and educator who splits his time between personal projects, assigned commissions, and the occasional teaching position. His work is engaged with the poetics of photography, interacting with places and people that often remain overlooked. He has been nominated for a Baum Award for Emerging American Photographers, was selected as one of PDN’s 30, and is a Fulbright Fellow. In 2009 he was the recipient of the Canon Italia’s Young Photographer Prize for his work in Ukraine. His photographs have been included in various publications including The New York Times Style Magazine, Monocle, and Case da Abitare, and his first book, Some(W)Here was self-published in 2012 to wide acclaim. Andres is currently based in Water Valley, Mississippi.

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