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Black-and-white photography is a way of seeing and appreciating the world with insightful, illuminating, timeless consistency. In this workshop we focus on the big picture, exploring the physics, optics, technology, aesthetics, and individual artistry that goes into creating evocative monochrome imagery.
We slow down and peer through historical lenses, taking time to consider how the progression of technology has shifted the character of black-and-white images over the past century. By delving into the key characteristics of light, you learn how to control your camera and digital editing tools to express your inspiration.
As we engage in a range of photographic experiences—from the complex world of simple studies to solo play and creative challenges that capture the wild beauty of New Mexico—you hone your style and focus your intention, deepening your concept of what it means to make a powerful black-and-white photograph. Daily lectures and group discussions, image reviews, guest photographer presentations and experiential learning opportunities leave you with expanded vision, fresh inspiration, and a sense of mastery over the medium.
Come immerse yourself in pure passion for the poetry, prose, story, and mystery of black-and-white photography.
Working knowledge of digital workflow and manual mode on your digital SLR or mirrorless camera. Participants must be able to download, select, and transfer images onto a thumb drive for daily group reviews. Cira will demonstrate processing using both Lightroom and Photoshop during the workshop, focusing on tools to express your creative intent. Familiarity with both software programs is important and participants should have the software installed on their laptop.
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Participants are responsible for making their own accommodation arrangements in Santa Fe. On-campus accommodations are not currently available.
Tuition includes lunch Monday through Friday and dinner at the Friday evening Image Presentations.
Cira Crowell is a photographer and artist whose work spans conceptual, adventure, landscape, cultural, documentary, and humanitarian themes. Her passion for black and white photography began thirty years ago with her grandfather’s film camera and darkroom work. She still uses many of the same forty-year-old lenses in her current digital workflow.
Cira travels the world, capturing evocative incidents of life and light to share in books, shows, talks, and online. Her journeys include Nepal, Bhutan, India, Japan, Germany, and Iceland. Her adventures include over 1,000 miles on foot in the Himalayas, as well as summiting Mt. Rainier, Mt. Fuji, and Cholatse, a technical, 21,130ft/6,446m peak in the Everest region of Nepal.
Her most recent project as expedition photographer and Executive Producer of “Dream Mountain” film, was honored as Best Mountain Film at London Mountainfilm Festival 2020. When not abroad, she teaches close to home at the Santa Fe Workshops.
This workshop is currently full. Use this form to sign up for the waitlist, and SFW will reach out if a seat becomes available.