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.
Brad Temkin, based in Chicago, is best known for his photographs of contemporary landscape. His work is held in numerous collections, including The Art Institute of Chicago; Milwaukee Art Museum; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Akron Art Museum; Amon Carter Museum of American Art; George Eastman Museum; and Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, among others. His images have appeared in such publications as Aperture, Black & White Magazine, TIME Magazine and European Photography. He has been awarded numerous grants and fellowships including an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship in 2007 and a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2017. Temkin has published three monographs to date: Private Places: Photographs of Chicago Gardens (Center for American Places 2005); ROOFTOP (Radius Books 2015); and The State Of Water (Radius Books 2019). Temkin has been an adjunct professor at Columbia College in Chicago since 1984.