Defying Convention with Conceptual Photography

with Cat Simmons

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Course Description

Do you have a desire to make images that explore an idea, emotion, or narrative? Cat Simmons invites you to go beyond traditional genres like landscape or still life and take a deep dive into conceptual photography and use images to transmit your abstract ideas.

This creative approach to photographic art allows us to convey abstract concepts while reveling in the incredible freedom of deviating from convention. In this rigorous workshop, you gain a practical knowledge of conceptual photography and the starting points for creating—or expanding upon—your own body of work.

Together we delve into the origins and progression of conceptual art, considering the work of notable conceptual artists and discussing ideas relevant to the constant evolution of photography.

Participants engage in reading, individual research, and, of course, the creation of photographs. Cat facilitates lecture presentations and group discussions while introducing a wealth of resources that propel you forward artistically long after the workshop’s end.

Because it lacks constraints and functions without boundaries, conceptual photography is less anchored in aesthetic perfection, which opens the door to curiosity and playful experimentation. As you make images that reflect your own ideas and concepts, you become a more thoughtful, articulate, and insightful artist.

Additional Information

Amateurs, Advanced Amateurs
What You Should Know:

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.


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Creative Vision, Fine Art
Cat Simmons

Cat Simmons is a photographic artist and educator specializing in portraiture and conceptual work that deconstructs memory, identity, and language. Cat earned an MFA in photography from Savannah College of Art and Design and since then has taught for the United Nations Photo Club in Vienna, Austria, as well as for a number of other programs and organizations centered around the photographic arts. Her work has been published in Original Magazine and Collect Art Magazine, and she has exhibited her conceptual project Objet a || Unremembering as a solo show and as part of a traveling group show through her participation in the Silver Water Collective.

Instagram: @catmac_studios

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