Documentary is an uncomfortable word to apply to photography. In 2016, the word sounds not only old-fashioned, but its usage implies a stubborn blindness to decades of creative work (both visual and written) aimed at debunking the notion of truth in photography. The efforts of these artists and writers successfully displaced documentary, but also produced innovative work in the process. Not only did they show us what “documentary” is not, they also showed us how it can move forward. The premise of this workshop is the existence of a rich and wonderfully problematic space for Realism in photography, an amorphous space that sits somewhere between fact and fiction, between poetry and reportage. In this workshop we will explore the work of artists, writers, filmmakers and photographers, who are inspired by a world “outside themselves” and who produce work in an unapologetically subjective way. We’ll also look at what “documentary” has traditionally meant, how it is and is not evolving, and what its roadblocks and possibilities are going forward.
About Gregory Halpern
Gregory Halpern has published three books of photographs, including A (J&L Books, 2011), Omaha Sketchbook (J&L Books, 2009) and Harvard Works Because We Do (Quantuck Lane, 2003). He collaborated with Ahndraya Parlato on East of the Sun, West of the Moon (Études, 2014) and is currently working on a book of photographs made in and around Los Angeles, which is forthcoming from MACK this Fall. He also edited, along with Jason Fulford, The Photographer’s Playbook: Over 250 Assignments and Ideas (Aperture, 2014). He holds a BA in History and Literature from Harvard University and an MFA from California College of the Arts. In 2014 he was the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship. He currently teaches at the Rochester Institute of Technology. To learn more about Gregory please visit www.gregoryhalpern.com.
August 27-28 | 9 am – 5 pm
Tuition: $380 / CPW members: $350 (includes $40 non-refundable registration fee)
Lecture Friday August 26 at 7:30 pm