ONWARD Summit Workshops
“Art is the process of creating something from nothing.” – Greg Miller
As artists, we blaze an unknown path. Inspirations push us forward, providing the basis for our next great leap into the unknown. Creating knows no rules of right and wrong. Artists grow and learn by sharing their own unique creations with their peers.
ONWARD’s workshops are designed to place you in with the best in the business to collaborate and learn from each other’s experiences. This year, the ONWARD workshops follow the Summit‘s two themes–the visual story and the final print–which are both essential pieces to the overall photographic process.
About The Workshops
Photographs capture a moment in time. The story of this moment is encapsulated in the image, and which allows it to exist in the past and the future. As photographers, we strive to convey emotion and narrative – be it through one image, or through a complete body of photographs.
Greg Miller is a master of telling these stories. Working mainly with a large format camera, Greg has made a career out of crafting narratives from images. His workshop will focus primarily on editing your photographs to create a story. When we asked Greg about his approach to editing down bodies of work, he equated it to songwriting: “[Editing] is like making an album. Each pictures plays a role and has a story.”
The medium of the photograph matters as much as the photograph’s subject matter. Printmaking is the final step of taking your raw image to its ultimate presentation. This final step provides another opportunity to tell your story visually. Just as smart design communicates details, the final print can support a photograph’s narrative.
For over 20 years, Kylie Wright has crafted beautiful images from raw photographic materials, including both film and digital files. Over the years she has worked with some of the world’s finest photographers: Joel Sternfeld, Stephen Shore, Richard Misrach, Robert Polidori, Andrew Moore, and of course Gregory Crewdson. For Kylie, “a print can make the narrative of a photograph all the more dramatic by focusing the attention of the viewer on certain key elements.”
Which Workshop is Right for You?
According to Greg, this workshop will focus on reconciling your perceptions of your work with the perception that an audience has. Because, after all, the story is ultimately in the eye of the beholder. This workshop will be as much about selecting the right photographs as it will be about gaining valuable insight from the group’s perception of your images.
Greg encourages photographers to bring lots of photographs and be willing to share their work. The workshop will collectively explore the awareness of your photographs and what it is you mean to convey. What you want to say and what people actually see can be two different things. This workshop will explore this relationship and give you the tools to reconcile the two.
According to Kylie, the inkjet printing workshop will give students the skills necessary to create fantastic final prints in both color and monochrome. From basic color management, to the methods of guiding the viewer’s eye to accentuate narrative, students will be sure to leave with a portfolio of high quality prints.
And, one last note from Kylie regarding printmaking:
“My last thoughts are that if you want to be taken seriously as a photographer, whatever the type of pictures you take, printmaking is important. You can certainly spend a lot of money and have a professional lab do the work for you, but wouldn’t it be fun and satisfying to do that yourself? Take the class, and you will be well on your way.”
All the Juicy Details
Both workshops take place on Friday April 12th from 10am to 5pm at Project Basho. The cost for a workshop is $275, which includes lunch. Sign up for the editing workshop here or for the printmaking workshop here.