Personal projects are the passion of many photographers. These long-term visual projects drive us creatively as image makers. With editing and refinement, the projects can lead to publication, exhibitions, book projects and commercial work.
If your projects are languishing, veteran photographers and editors Sarah Leen and Bill Marr have an answer—the six-month Visual Project Workshop. They help you bring your body of work to completion and develop a plan for its future. In these extraordinarily unsettled times, Sarah and Bill harness the power that emerges from working in a small community of visual storytellers and editors to define your work and take your next steps.
Visual storytelling is an essential skill for every photographer. Through the fine art of deliberate image selection—editing—we transform a collection of photographs into a compelling, dynamic narrative. Sarah and Bill lead discussions on the importance of research; how to pitch ideas to prospective publishers; and how to organize, edit, curate and sequence bodies of work for presentation online, in print or for an exhibition. In a fun, collaborative, and inspirational environment, participants learn from Sarah’s and Bill’s vast experience while engaging in editing exercises and sharing each other’s solutions and successes.
Beginning on Wednesday, January 20, the group meets once a month for four hours from 10:30am to 3:00pm Mountain Standard Time (with a 30-minute break). Subsequent group sessions are scheduled for February 24, March 24, April 21, May 19 and June 23. Also, every month each participant has a 60-minute, one-on-one session with Sarah and/or Bill. In addition, and for important outside input, three guest speakers—photographers, editors, curators, or publishers—join the class.
The workshop culminates with a “Final Presentation,” broadcast online on Friday evening June 25, to family and friends and the Santa Fe Workshops community. The group also creates a zine on Blurb, with each participant contributing a chapter from their edited project.
This unique extended workshop program is limited to 10 photographers working on long-term projects, selected by portfolio and interviews. A complete syllabus and details on guest speakers will be sent to each participant.