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About a decade ago Michael Rubin started referring to his photos as “haiku"—short and often whimsical sketch-like poems. Not only were the principles of this classic poetic form aligned to his own picture aesthetics, but the classic photographic images that most inspired him growing up surprisingly fit within those parameters. The connections were astonishing.
In this workshop, Rubin primarily draws on the creative and aesthetic principles inherent in haiku (poetry), ikebana (flower arranging), enso (calligraphy), kintsugi (ceramic repair), origami (paper folding), and bonsai (miniature trees). Taken together, they comprise the Zen arts and a powerful philosophy that underlies real photographic growth. Using them as our foundation, participants craft beautiful, creative, and interesting images that stand alone—more or less the way that modernists approached picture-taking in the 20th century (whether they realized it or not).
Haiku photography is not is placid and pictorial. It’s an approach to structure and content that is dynamic, challenging, and appropriate for anyone at any skill level. For beginners it’s a better way to learn composition than the rule of thirds. For experts it’s a way to play and evolve. It’s a poetic form.
This workshop is not about pursuing a meditative state, and we aren't using photography to explore Zen. We do just the opposite—discovering how the ideas from the Zen arts can help us make better pictures, measure our successes, and enjoy photography more.
Working knowledge of digital workflow. Participants must be able to download and select images using image editing software for class sessions.
Class will meet 12:30-2:30 pm (Mountain Time) on Mondays and Thursdays starting August 2 and ending August 19 (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.
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Michael Rubin has been a photographer and collector for more than 40 years, newly relocated to Santa Fe after decades in the Bay Area. As a young protégé of Jerry Uelsmann, he began by creating images that were both composed and surreal. Rubin’s work continues to meld the surreal with the intimate; he embraces the passion of the amateur and evangelizes photographic exploration for consumers. He manages a photo collection of thousands of classical works of mid-century modernism, always incorporated into his workshops, and has spent the past years developing this new curriculum in photographic education.
Concurrent with photography, he has had an entrepreneurial career that has spanned industries such as publishing, consumer retail, entertainment media, and technology. Career highlights include Lucasfilm, Netflix, and Adobe. He has had editing and post-production roles on numerous television and movie projects, including the miniseries “Lonesome Dove,” and the Bertolucci feature “The Sheltering Sky.”
Rubin has a degree in neuroscience from Brown University. He is a colorful storyteller and entertaining educator, the author of hundreds of essays, and a dozen books primarily on filmmaking—including a history of Lucasfilm and Pixar “Droidmaker: George Lucas and the Digital Revolution.”
This workshop is currently full. Use this form to sign up for the waitlist, and SFW will reach out if a seat becomes available.