The Art of Multiple Imaging: Conceptualizing Time and Place

with David Hilliard

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Course Description

The photograph as a visual tool is changing at warp speed, and the process of working with multiple images can yield surprising and challenging results. New meanings emerge when images are grouped together: a narrative unfolds, visual diary begins to develop, a catalog or taxonomy takes shape.

Fine-art photographer David Hilliard’s large-scale, multi-paneled color photographs present complex narratives exploring a range of situations, from moments of contemplation to scenes of heightened drama. He manipulates the personal and familiar to provide a commentary on larger issues, striking a balance between autobiography and fiction.

Under David’s guidance, workshop participants investigate the idea of the photograph as a single moment as we experiment with rearranging and re-contextualizing images. Through readings, assignments, exercises, and presentations of work by artists (contemporary and historic), we learn about editing and sequencing photographs. Group portfolio reviews and discussions help us define our intentions, practices, and technical choices. We also discuss the writing of artist statements and explore conceptual installations.

As we document our life and the lives of those around us, we create work with a number of images employing slightly different focal points, offering multiple perspectives of a single scene. By exploring this new skill, you discover that time and space are yours to invent and reinvent, again and again.

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, One-of-a-Kind
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David Hilliard

David Hilliard received his BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and MFA from Yale University School of Art, where he went on to direct the undergraduate photo department. He currently teaches at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Lesley University College of Art and Design, and at workshops nationwide. His work has been exhibited internationally and can be found at the Whitney Museum of American Art, in New York; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Philadelphia Museum of Art; and in multiple monographs and anthologies. David’s accolades include a Fulbright Grant and a Guggenheim Fellowship.

Instagram: @davidthelens

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