It is said that a photograph is worth a thousand words. When an image is really successful—like the ones that stand the test of time and ascend to the status of legend—it can tell the story of a lifetime just as powerfully as a great song. But what happens when we encounter emotions and life experiences that are further enriched by coupling a well-chosen image (or images) with thoughtfully composed text?
In this six-session workshop, we discover how words can enhance and deepen our experience of photography, while also allowing us to express our emotions. By considering the circumstances under which you'd add written language to an image, you learn to form a vocabulary—in words and pictures—that serves your artistic ambitions.
As we examine ways to integrate photographs and text artistically, we come up with creative strategies for altering our images using a range of materials and methods. Throughout, we look for inspiration from a great body of work by artists who have successfully combined writing and photographs, including Robert Frank, Duane Michals, Richard Prince, Barbara Kruger, and Shirin Neshrat.
Andrew Southam offers expert guidance and step-by-step support as you create a project that pairs photography with text—and, in the process, deepens your relationship to both.
Working knowledge of digital workflow and manual mode on your digital SLR or mirrorless camera. Participants must be able to download and select images using image editing software for class sessions.
Class will meet 9:30 – 11:30 am (Mountain Time) on Tuesdays and Fridays starting January 17 and ending February 3 (six online group sessions). Enrollment is limited to 12 participants.
Zoom Video Conferencing software (available for no charge from Zoom.com) will be used to facilitate the class sessions. Further details will be emailed to registrants.
Santa Fe Workshops always aims to produce a high-quality experience for our online attendees. That said, variables including regional and local internet provider speeds, traffic on Zoom's servers, and your own computing hardware can contribute to a less than ideal streaming event. While we do our best to minimize the impact of these variables, they are outside the control of Santa Fe Workshops.
For the convenience of participants, recordings of each class session are posted privately for one month after the end of each session. Santa Fe Workshops takes the recordings down after one month to protect the intellectual property of our instructors.
Andrew Southam is an Australian photographer and director now living in Los Angeles. He began his career over 30 years ago, photographing the Australian National Ballet and the Sydney Theatre Company. Andrew’s portraits and fashion photographs have appeared in Esquire, Rolling Stone, US, French Elle, Vanity Fair, GQ, and the American and British editions of Vogue. He has contributed advertising images for Google, Netflix, Uber, Starbucks, The Gap, ABC Television, Disney, Hilton Hotels, Toyota and the Ford Motor company.
Mary Kay Schilling, Executive Editor of Entertainment Weekly, says of Andrew’s photographs, “I love the positive energy they have. They are always beautifully lit, while still capturing his subjects individuality and spirit. That’s a balancing act of psychology and talent that few could pull off.”
His work has been exhibited in the Australian Portrait Gallery and garnered awards from the American Society of Publication Designers and Photo District News.
This workshop is currently full. Use this form to sign up for the waitlist, and SFW will reach out if a seat becomes available.