Past Programs at the PRC
Master Lecture Series
Getting Good Work Done: A Workshop in Applied Creativity with Peter Vanderwarker
Peter Vanderwarker believes that creativity in photography is a learned skill. His professional work relies on “applied creativity,” while his personal work relies on a much more difficult form of “personal creativity.” He is his own worst critic, and he recognizes the struggle we all face when we go to make original work.
This workshop will consist of an intensive set of exercises, discussions, and critiques that Vanderwarker has developed, stolen, or borrowed. It will also be filled with creative resources, war stories from a pro photographer, and hilarious accounts of creative ideas gone horribly wrong.
Students will be asked to bring personal work, shoot class assignments, and perform a series of exercises to pump up their creative muscles. Saturday’s session will consist of shooting in the field at a downtown location, and Sunday’s session will consist of image-sharing and critiques in a classroom. Students who sign up for Vanderwarker’s workshop are required to attend his related lecture on Thursday, March 22, 2012 (workshop fee is all-inclusive). He will meet with all workshop students briefly after the lecture to discuss Saturday’s assignment.
Peter Vanderwarker spends his professional time making powerful photographs for architects, magazine editors, and corporations. He also does personal work and is represented by Gallery NAGA Boston. His work can be found in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MA) and the Addison Gallery of American Art (Andover, MA).
Publishing a Photography Book with Harvey Stein
Have you ever thought about publishing a book of photographs? Maybe you have a concept in mind or a body of work to support your concept. Maybe you have only a vague idea for a photobook. Or maybe you have a “someday” wish to do a book but no real project yet. This workshop will help you shape your ideas, conceive and explore a concept, and determine the best approach to make a publisher take notice. Harvey Stein offers a nuts-and-bolts analysis of the steps necessary to contact publishers successfully and what to do when they say yes.
Topics covered include:
Harvey will also offer advice for publicizing your book through exhibitions, self-promotion and advertising. Finally, the effect of the digital revolution on making books will be discussed.
During the morning session, Stein will discuss the information you need to create a knowledgeable presentation to the publisher and other pertinent topics in a seminar setting. During the afternoon session, Stein will evaluate each participant’s book project and/or ideas in a small group setting taking into consideration the information disseminated during the morning session. This afternoon session will be interactive, allowing all participants to present and to learn from each other regarding individual projects.
This seminar is geared toward photographers in all stages of the book process: those who are just beginning to think about arranging their images into book form, as well as those who have completed their projects but are not sure how to approach publishers. Attendees may sign up for the morning session only or the morning/afternoon session combination.
Harvey Stein is a professional photographer, teacher, lecturer, author, and curator based in New York City. He currently teaches at the International Center of Photography and serves as the Director of Photography at Umbrella Arts Gallery, located in the East Village of Manhattan. He has been a member of the faculty of the School of Visual Arts, New School University, Drew University, Rochester Institute of Technology, and the University of Bridgeport. A recipient of a Creative Arts Public Service (CAPS) fellowship and numerous artist-in-residency grants, Stein’s latest book, Coney Island 40 Years, was published in June 2011 by Schiffer Publishing, Ltd. Stein’s other photography books include: Parallels: A Look at Twins, E.P. Dutton (1978); Artists Observed, Harry Abrams, Inc. (1986); Coney Island, W.W. Norton, Inc. (1998); and Movimento: Glimpses of Italian Street Life, Gangemi Editore, Rome (2006). Stein’s photographs have been widely published in esteemed periodicals and photo magazines, and his work is exhibited domestically and abroad—73 solo shows and 140 group shows to date. His photographs are included in more than 55 permanent collections, and he is currently represented by Bruce Silverstein Gallery, Throckmorton Fine Art, and June Bateman Fine Art (New York City).
Creative and Professional Development for Artists
Join Alison Nordström and Rania Matar for a two hour interactive seminar on strategies and techniques to advance your development as an artist and your career as a creative professional. Topics to be discussed include maturing your artist vision, critique and portfolio reviews, juried competitions, exhibitions, galleries, portfolio preparation, artist statement, resume, publishing, and choice of subject matter and technique. All will be looked at in light of how to use these various forums to advance your artistic development and professional career. Attendees will be encouraged to participate in discussion and ask real-world questions, although presenters will not comment on photographic work of individual attendees.
Want to learn how to make a truly gorgeous photographic print? In this intensive one-day workshop, Rantoul will discuss and demonstrate what it takes to make a superior print and demystify much of the technical steps. The morning session will cover monitor calibration and color correcting, output file size, dpi requirements, file management, storage, and effective sharpening, with the objective of learning the process of making excellent prints. The afternoon session will focus on using Rantoul's workflow and preparing files for printing. Additionally, Rantoul will demonstrate his own workflow, which utilizes Aperture, Photoshop, and Nik's Sharpener Pro. Then students will send their files to the printers so that they leave the day with first-rate prints.
This workshop is for both experienced printers wanting to learn how to improve the quality of their prints and beginners just learning the process of making good prints. The workshop will use Northeastern University's facilities and labs. Prints will be made for students using one of the Photo Program's three large format printers and the ColorBye Software Image Print RIP. The lab can print up to 44 inches wide. Students should bring unprocessed RAW files they would like to work on and print during the session. A lab fee of $6.00 per square foot will be charged. iMac computers will be provided, but students may bring their own laptops if they wish.
Neal Rantoul is a career artist and teacher. He has taught photography since 1971. He is past head of the Photography Program at Northeastern University, is a professor emeritus, and taught for thirteen years at Harvard University as well as several years at the New England School of Photography. He retired from Northeastern in January 2012. Rantoul has work in numerous public and private collections, including the Museum of Fine Arts (Boston); the DeCordova Sculpture Museum and Sculpture Park (Lincoln, MA); the Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA); the High Museum (Atlanta, GA); the Kunsthaus (Zurich, Switzerland); the Center for Creative Photography (Tucson, AZ); and Princeton University (NJ). He is the recipient of many awards and grants, including a Whiting Foundation Fellowship; a Lightwork residency (Syracuse, NY); RSDF, FDP and IDF grants from Northeastern University; and he was a finalist twice for the Massachusetts Cultural Council award. Rantoul is a member of the Board of Directors of the PRC and is on the Board of Corporators at the Griffin Museum of Photography. He is an active exhibitor, workshop leader, portfolio reviewer, and consultant.
Documentary Photography Master Class with Glenn Ruga
This exciting studio class is designed for photographers who are either working on, or are interested in working on, a serious documentary project and want to engage in a learning environment that will provide consistent feedback and discussion with an instructor and other class members. The weekly class will involve analyzing work by accomplished documentary photographers, developing concepts for documentary projects, and regularly reviewing work from an ongoing project. In addition to the photography, the class will also focus on the writing to accompany a documentary project-–an incredibly important aspect-–and how best to integrate the images with the text. Guest lecturers will also be part of the class.
Students may present their work during class as prints, projected digital images, or multi-media. While the core of the class is based on still photography, video or motion may be used as part of the project. Students will be expected to present a final project at the end of the class to the instructor and fellow classmates.
Glenn Ruga is the Executive Director of the Photographic Resource Center as well as the founder and director of SocialDocumentary.net. He has produced three major documentary projects that each traveled to numerous locations across the United States. Most recently, he served as a curator of the 2012 New York Photo Festival and was the producer and moderator of a panel at 2012 Photoville on the “New Documentary.” Ruga has served as a guest reviewer at Review Santa Fe, Palm Springs Photo Festival, and New England Portfolio Reviews, and he will also give reviews at the 2012 PDN Conference in New York in October.
As photography becomes increasingly digital, many photographers are turning to techniques and processes from the dawn of photography to re-invent their image-making. Join us for a two-part workshop that will introduce you to the world of pinhole photography.
An evening PowerPoint talk (supplemented by books, catalogues, and further resources) with Ferguson will expand your awareness of the world of contemporary pinhole photography. This presentation will also prepare you for an all-day, hands-on workshop, in which we will make lensless pinhole cameras from ordinary, everyday materials. Using our hand-made pinhole cameras, we will expose black and white photographic paper or large format ortho film to make pinhole negatives, which we will hand develop in a traditional black and white darkroom. The resultant negatives can then be used to print positives in the darkroom or by computer. These pinhole images (both positive and negative) may be embellished with sewing, collage, hand-coloring, etc.
Previous darkroom experience is helpful but not necessary.
Jesseca Ferguson has been making pinhole photographs ever since she built her first pinhole camera in 1991. Her pinhole photographs and collaged “photo objects” have been included in solo and group exhibitions in the United States and Europe. Museums holding her work include the Bibliothèque nationale, Paris, France; the Museum of the History of Photography, Krakow, Poland; Brandts Kladefabrik, Odense, Denmark; Fox Talbot Museum, at Lacock Abbey in Chippenham, England ; Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, MA; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA; Pinhole Resource, San Lorenzo, NM; and the Ransom Center for the Humanities, Austin, TX among others.
Ferguson has received grants to support her photographic projects from the LEF Foundation; the Engelhard Foundation; Art Matters, Inc.; Polaroid Corporation: and the Trust for Mutual Understanding (twice). Artist residencies include MacDowell Colony and 3rd International Artists’ Colony of Debrecen, Hungary. Her work has been published nationally and internationally in a number of books, catalogues, and articles on the subject of pinhole and handmade photography. Since 1998 she has been engaged in cultural exchange with Poland, through the medium of pinhole photography. She has exhibited her own work in Poland in a number of group and solo shows and has also facilitated and organized exhibitions of work by contemporary Polish pinhole photographers in the US.
Photoshop Editing with Experts
Call the PRC at 617-975-0600 to register for a specific time and expert.
Learn Adobe Photoshop from the experts! You will meet with one of five instructors who are accomplished photographers and experts in using Photoshop to manage, enhance, and fix digital photographic images. Using one of your images, the instructor will quickly assess what needs to be done to make the most stunning file and show you exactly what steps are necessary. Depending on the solutions most appropriate for your image, you will learn tools such as neutralizing color casts, increasing contrast and saturation, sharpening, black and white conversion, scratch and noise reduction, local retouching, and other tools buried in the recesses of Photoshop.
Each Photoshop session is 25 minutes long with the expert of your choice. Reservations are based on a first come, first served policy. Please bring three files to the workshop on a portable drive.
In addition to working at the PRC as Membership, Finance, & Operations Manager, Julie Kukharenko is also a fine art photographer with 10 years of experience working freelance and specializing in postproduction. She has worked in professional commercial photography studios preparing images for print, reconstructing old images, digitizing collections, and making things look “just right.” Julie shoots large format color but has a very special place in her heart for all things digital. She utilizes Photoshop, Lightroom, Adobe Camera Raw daily and is a big fan of Dan Margulis and using channels from various color spaces to help create custom masks for images. Julie received her photography degree from MassArt in 2005 and has not left the photography world since.
Sessions are available with Julie in English and Russian. Please call with questions.
Neal Rantoul has been working digitally since 1992 and used Photoshop 1 when it first came out. Contemporary digital workflows use many softwares and plug-ins, of course, and Rantoul's own system for making his pictures into prints of exceptionally high quality utilizes Apple's Aperture, along with Photoshop CS6. During sessions with him, he will explain his workflow and will bring prints of his work as well. Rantoul retired in January from over forty years of teaching photography at New England School of Photography and Harvard University, and he served as the head of the Photography Program at Northeastern University from 1981-2011. He has work in numerous permanent collections and exhibitions this fall at Panopticon Gallery and the Danforth Museum in Framingham.
Sylvia Stagg-Giuliano is a commercial photographer and digital artist specializing in executive portraiture, commissioned fine art portraiture, and composited photo-illustration. Her experience includes eleven years as a staff shooter at a Fortune 500 company, a stint as technical color lab instructor at the New England School of Photography, and a term as president of Commercial/Industrial Photographers of New England. For the first decade of her career, Sylvia applied her strong technical background to the creation of wildly surrealistic imagery using darkroom processes such as cross processing, sandwiching negatives, and sophisticated printing techniques. Later, as a very early adopter of digital methods, Sylvia began employing advanced Photoshop wizardry to realize her artistic vision. Today, Sylvia routinely uses digital tools in all aspects of her work, whether creating art for a gallery exhibit, or adding subtle refinements to a family or executive portrait. She resides and maintains a fully equipped studio in the historic Fort Point district of Boston, and is an active member of the Fort Point Arts Community and ASMP.
Sessions with Sylvia are available in English and Spanish.
Peter Vanderwarker has been a professional architectural photographer for 25 years. He has received Institute Honors from the American Institute of Architects and has authored four photo books. He had a recent one man show at the Boston Athenaeum, and he is currently represented by Gallery NAGA, Boston. Peter has years of highly technical experience making complicated Photoshop corrections to architectural photographs so that buildings appear correctly.
Nurturing Your Network With New Media
Co-sponsored by ASPP New England
Bring your friends to this event and learn how to use these tools without being engulfed by them:
Location Lighting with Rick Friedman
Join award-winning photographer Rick Friedman for a two-day, hands-on Location Lighting Workshop™. This intensive and interactive seminar is designed for creative, portrait, documentary, and corporate/event photographers and photojournalists who desire to improve their knowledge of lighting. Rick has taught this workshop in 10 cities across the country over the past year. Come join us for a couple of days of fun and creativity.
This seminar commences with ways to create wonderful light by using a single Speedlite and then proceeds to using multiple strobes. Participants work on creating images with a mixture of strobe and ambient light. The workshop exercises include correcting, adding, controlling color, creating shadow and background for image authenticity. The class discusses the multiple options available by utilizing various types of light modifiers, soft boxes, umbrellas, light panels, screens, grids, snoots, reflectors, gobos and barn doors. The participants will work with different ways to trigger strobe, speedlight, studio light, and learn how to create light to enhance their vision. Rick will also cover the essentials of building your own gaffer kit. This class explains both Nikon and Canon systems.
Workshop attendees will receive the following discounts:
Rick Friedman has been a photojournalist for over three decades. Based in Boston, he travels the world for numerous publications, corporations, advertising assignments and film and television productions. His published work appears in Time, Newsweek, U.S. News, The New York Times, USA Today, The Guardian, Der Spiegel, Stern, Discover, and many other publications. He has produced over 75 book and magazine covers.
Rick has been teaching his Location Lighting Workshops™ for the past ten years and has taught dozens of workshops across the United States and United Kingdom. Rick currently serves on board of directors for the Boston Press Photographers Association. He has won awards from the American Society of Media Photographers, the National Press Photographers Association, and the Boston Press Photographers Association. He has work in the permanent collection of the Newseum in Washington, DC, Harvard University, and many private collections.