From Uncertain to Now: An Autobiography in Photography

with Keith Carter

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Course Description

Lauded as “a transcendent realist” and “a poet of the ordinary,” Keith Carter is an internationally acclaimed artist whose haunting, enigmatic photographs have been shown in over one hundred solo exhibitions in thirteen countries. Thirteen monographs of his work have been published, starting with From Uncertain to Blue in 1988 to the recently released Keith Carter-Fifty Years. In the extended presentation format of SFW: Perspectives, Keith shares the arc of his career as an imagemaker and storyteller while passing along insights into the challenges and joys of living a creative life.

Keith invites you to “Please join me on a journey of beginnings, heroes, ideas, creative blocks, materials, choices, galleries, exhibitions, editorial work, personal work, tools, experimentation, ideal viewers, help along the way, disappointments, euphoria, books, and the healing waters of poetry. Come along on a creative journey across all 50 states and 16 countries for a Magical Mystery Tour of life in the arts. How does creative work begin, evolve, sputter to a stop, and ignite anew?”

As an educator, Keith has influenced and inspired a generation of photographers. He continues this important role as a teacher and mentor with three different presentations on three different days in early October. His program is designed to help you discover, or renew your creative spirit, and broaden the way you think about both photography, the creative arts, and what constitutes meaningful work.

How do you continue to grow – to keep the fires burning? Keith helps you reconcile practical and creative lives, to re-examine your own creative process exploring the narrative, aesthetic, and emotional aspects of image making, and find new paths to creative growth. Emphasizing individuality, discussions centering on the work of both historically significant and little- known photographers, strategies for success, articulating your own goals, and the examination of expressive printmaking techniques, we refine our views on balancing the various aspects of art and a busy life.

Join Keith Carter on a free spirited and enjoyable journey of discovery.

A 10 to 15 minute Question and Answer session follows each daily presentation. Questions from the participants will be reviewed and a few selected during this informal wrap-up conversation.

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Keith Carter

Keith Carter holds the Endowed Walles Chair of Art at Lamar University. He is the recipient of the Texas Medal of Arts, the Lange-Taylor Prize from the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, and the Regents’ Professor Award from the Texas State University System. His work has been shown in over 115 solo exhibitions in thirteen countries. He is also the author of fourteen books.

Keith’s work is included in numerous private and public collections, including the National Portrait Gallery, Art Institute of Chicago, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, George Eastman House, Smithsonian American Art Museum, and the Wittliff Collections at Texas State University.

Get to know Keith in our Inspiration Series video »

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