How do we see and perceive the contemporary landscape beyond the marks that humanity has left on it? What can the landscape, in all its forms and iterations, teach us about ourselves? Under Brad Temkin’s expert guidance, we examine these questions in depth while learning to create pictures that are poetic and beautiful.
This online workshop represents a collaboration between participant and landscape. With the help of classroom exercises, discussions, portfolio reviews, and informal artist talks with professional landscape photographers, we gain insight into a vast collection of contemporary and vintage landscape projects. Weekly assignments, presentations, and critiques further solidify participants' understanding of craft and appreciation for the genre.
We embrace pre- and post-visualization approaches, but our overriding objective is to understand our own process. As we do so, we become better at articulating our ideas, and it becomes clear that imagery can serve not only as a way to explore relationships with the land, but also as a path to self-awareness.
After several sessions spent learning how to see the contemporary landscape as a metaphorical canvas, you come away with a greater connection to your personal intent and more clarity about your artistic vision.
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 3:30-5:30 pm (Mountain Time) Mondays and Thursdays starting February 14 and ending March 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 two weeks after the end of each session. Santa Fe Workshops takes the recordings down after two weeks to protect the intellectual property of our instructors.
Brad Temkin, a Chicago-based photographer, has been documenting the human impact on the contemporary landscape throughout his career. His work has been exhibited throughout the United States and abroad. Temkin’s works are included in numerous permanent collections, including those of The Art Institute of Chicago; Milwaukee Art Museum; Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Akron Art Museum, Ohio; and Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, among others.
His images have appeared in such publications as Aperture, Black & White Magazine, China Photo, TIME Magazine and European Photography. Three monographs of Temkin’s work have been published: “Private Places: Photographs of Chicago Gardens” (Center for American Places 2005), “Rooftop” (Radius Books 2013), and “The State Of Water (Radius Books 2019). He has taught photography at Columbia College Chicago since 1984.