2018 PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOPS
Sohn Fine Art's Education Program features unique photographic workshops in the Berkshire area taught by our talented master artists. We give local and visiting students the opportunity to learn from photographers in the top of their fields. Our annual MASTER ARTIST SERIES program offers innovative experiences with world class artists. Sohn Fine Art gives the local community and visitors the opportunity to meet and learn from master photographers while hosting them in the Berkshires. Photographers are featured in a series of events that include exhibitions and receptions at Sohn Fine Art Gallery, book signings, public presentations and workshops.
Visit Master Artist Series (MAS) page for full exhibition, event and workshop information.
Unless specified otherwise, sign up for all classes at Sohn Fine Art: or 413-551-7353
THE WHOLE MENU: NAVIGATING YOUR LIFE AS A FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHER
THE WHOLE MENU:
NAVIGATING YOUR LIFE AS A FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHER
Instructor: Michael Foley
10:00 – 4:00
WORKSHOP IS FULL. CALL OR EMAIL TO GO ON WAIT LIST.
Michael Foley will advise artists on all they need to know to navigate their life as a fine art photographer. The workshop will include a series of short lectures:
The contemporary history of fine art photography
The history of the gallery system
How to live and work as an artist today
How to navigate the art world
How to work with a gallery
Your artist statement
Leveraging social media platforms
PORTFOLIO REVIEWS WITH MICHAEL FOLEY
10:00 – 12:00 or 2:00 – 4:00
Limited to 4 critiques in the morning and 4 in the afternoon. Critiques are 30 minutes each in a group setting.
For Monday’s portfolio review sessions, we will engage in a group critique of your work. Students will be asked to bring a mature body of work with them to the Monday session.
WORKSHOP IS FULL. CALL OR EMAIL TO GO ON WAIT LIST.
SIGN UP FOR BOTH:
Michael Foley's workshop and portfolio review:
WORKSHOP IS FULL. CALL OR EMAIL TO GO ON WAIT LIST.
ABOUT MICHAEL FOLEY:
Michael Foley opened his eponymous gallery in the fall of 2004 after fourteen years of working with notable photography galleries including Fraenkel, Howard Greenberg and Yancey Richardson Gallery. The gallery has since been invited to participate in over twenty international and national art fairs including Paris Photo, Pulse, AIPAD, VOLTA and the London Art Fair. Gallery exhibitions and artists have been reviewed and written about in several publications including The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Modern Painters and ArtNEWS.
Foley is a co-founder of The Exhibition Lab, which is a study center for people involved in various aspects of fine art photography. The Exhibition Lab provides a vibrant modern-day salon for artists who are interested in engaging the world’s diverse and vital photography community through the gateway of New York City.
Foley continues his interest in educating by serving on the faculty of the School of Visual Arts and the International Center of Photography where he teaches and lectures on issues in contemporary photography. He has been a portfolio reviewer at over 25 photography reviews throughout the United States.
PHOTOGRAPHIC IMPRESSIONISM: CREATIVE TECHNIQUES IN MULTIPLE EXPOSURE
Instructor: Valda Bailey
September 15, 16 and 17
9:00 – 6:00
Different shoot locations each day in the beautiful Berkshires!
$1250 (includes location fees)
Workshop Completed. Check 2019 Workshops for another offering.
Today, perhaps more than ever, there appears to be a very real interest in breaking through the boundaries of 'conventional' landscape photography. Millions of people taking millions of images - often at the same honeypot locations - it is harder than ever before to make one's creative voice heard - to forge a path that is unique. Valda Bailey has been making images using alternative techniques for many years. She draws on her training as an artist and has developed her own approach to digital image making using in-camera multiple exposure, blending modes and intentional camera movement. The techniques she uses create abstract shapes, blur extraneous detail and facilitate the creation of an impressionistic image as opposed to a more conventional 'record' shot. This way of image making is controllable to a certain degree but still retains an element of unpredictability. While this process can delight and frustrate in equal measure, it does ensure is that an image is very likely to be completely unique. It's very much a non-prescriptive way of working and requires a curiosity and a willingness to experiment. During the workshop, Valda will explain the techniques she uses to make her images. She will talk at length about why she makes images the way she does, how her creative vision has developed and urge students to break rules and discard convention. The three day programme will offer a varied agenda with time spent processing, critiquing as well as shooting. Valda says "I believe that the opportunity to sit around a table critiquing work, discussing problems and tossing around ideas is every bit as important as time spent shooting".
Although the practice of intentional camera movement can be achieved with any camera fitted with a suitable ND filter (in order to facilitate a longer shutter speed), making in-camera multiple exposure images is rather more equipment-dependent. Many cameras today offer this option, however not all are able to blend the images in the same way. Valda uses a Canon 5Dsr. Other cameras offering the same options are the Canon 1DX, Canon 5D Mk4, Canon 5D Mk3, Canon 5Ds and the Canon 7D Mk2. The Nikon D5 and Nikon D500 offer similar options. The Nikon D800 series will combine images, but with fewer blend modes. Sony users can purchase a multiple exposure app. Although they offer a wider selection of blend modes to Canon and Nikon, they will only combine a maximum of two images into one composite file (as opposed to nine or ten with the Canon and Nikon). Many Pentax cameras have a multiple exposure option, though offer fewer blend modes; likewise Fuji and Olympus. iPhones can be used with an appropriate app. If you require further clarification on the suitability of your camera please do not hesitate to email.
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ABOUT VALDA BAILEY
Valda Bailey is a freelance photographer living in Sussex who first became passionate about photography when she was 14. Her approach to photography is greatly informed by her background in painting and her influences come as much from artists as photographers. She is largely motivated by colour and form and the tension and dynamism that these components can bring to an image. Her objectives are to portray an interpretation of a scene rather than a literal representation. She makes her images using camera movement and multiple exposure - two techniques which help to create abstract shapes and blur extraneous detail. She has spent time in New York under the expert tutelage of noted street photographer, Jay Maisel and has been greatly influenced by his teaching about light, colour and gesture. Her work has been featured in broadsheet newspapers, national and international publications and she has recently been invited to teach for Light and Land Photographic Workshops run by Charlie Waite. She has exhibited most recently in London and in 2015 was the first woman to be invited to join six other photographers to exhibit at the biennial Masters of Vision in Southwell. She has images in private collections worldwide and her work has been purchased by notable members of the art and photographic community.
PHOTOGRAPHING PORTRAITS & NUDES WITH GREG GORMAN
PHOTOGRAPHING PORTRAITS & NUDES
Instructor: Greg Gorman
Dates for 2019 announced soon!
Different Shooting Locations Every Day in the Beautiful Berkshires!
(includes model fees, location fees and lunch all 4 days)
Master artist Greg Gorman will be coming to the Berkshires this summer to teach an intensive workshop on portraiture as well as the figure study. His class will focus on teaching his students how to see and interpret light and how best to communicate with the talent in front of his lens. The four day class will begin with a personal but open ended forum critiquing each of his student’s work to give not only each student a better understanding of his approach to their imagery but also to give the class an opportunity to view each other’s work in an open sharing environment. Greg will then present his career work as well as his latest projects.
Once everyone has had a chance to get acquainted with each other’s style and view Greg’s work as well, Greg will take everyone on location with the models for the first afternoon of shooting. Greg will demonstrate some of his lighting techniques on location utilizing natural light in conjunction with LEDS/light modifiers and silks. Each day’s locations will vary and provide a myriad of different opportunities to offer the most varied possibilities. The class will be broken up into 2-3 small groups with a model assigned to each group and the models will rotate through the day and the workshop so each student has the opportunity to work with the various models. One student will shoot at a time and the other members of the group will assist the person shooting. At the close of each day, Greg would like each student to produce 10-12 images of their choice from the day’s work to be critiqued, the following morning in class prior to the day’s shoot. Greg is not looking for retouched images but more over for the content, tone and cropping that the students best feels represents their image. Greg will show how to best enhance the image in Lightroom. Greg is interested not only in the images you feel are most successful but also those that gave you trouble and that you feel you need help on.
Portraiture and figure study will both be focused on, but on different days. At the close of the last day, Greg will hold a final discussion and review of the workshop answering any questions and sharing any additional information that all of you may wish to discuss. The class will have an informal rather than overly structured atmosphere to allow all of you to provide input to Greg as to where you wish your week to go in case you want to push more in any specific directions. The week should prove to not only enhance your work ethic and skills but drive your passion. Greg is most open to speaking with any of you personally should you have any questions prior to signing up for his class.
ABOUT GREG GORMAN:
Greg Gorman is a master photographer noted most for his celebrity portraits and nudes. Gorman is a recipient of many accolades, including the 2013 Professional Photographers of America (PPA) Lifetime Achievement Award.
Gorman’s photographs document that peculiar obsession of the 21st century celebrity. Each shot gives a picture of human nature in its infinite range. A true master with lighting and composition, Greg's strength is also his charismatic way of capturing his subjects, offering us a view into the private emotions and moments with his subjects. “For me a photograph is most successful when it doesn’t answer all the questions,” says Gorman, “and it leaves something to the imagination.”
When not shooting famous faces, Greg travels the world for specialized photographic projects and continues to work on compilations of his imagery. A book of his photos for the award winning l.a. Eyeworks campaign, entitledFramed: Greg Gorman for l.a. Eyeworks was released in 2012. In the fall of 2009, Damiani Editore released In Their Youth: Early Portraits, which incorporates forty years of unpublished work. These join Gorman’s previously published books Greg Gorman Volume I, Greg Gorman Volume II, Inside Life, Perspectives, As I See It, Just Between Us and a book of platinum prints entitled Odes to Pindar, published by The Journal of the 21st Century.
Greg Gorman has been recognized for his contribution to the world of photography as well as his charitable works by The Lucie Foundation, The Elton John Aids Foundation, Aids Healthcare Foundation, Focus on Aids, The Oscar De La Hoya Foundation, Vox/Out Voices of Style + Design, PETA, Angel Art, Pacific Design Center Stars of Design, and PawsLA.
Born in 1949 in Kansas City, Missouri, Greg attended the University of Kansas from 1967-69 with a major in photojournalism. He completed his studies at the University of Southern California, graduating with a Master of Fine Arts degree in cinematography in 1972. He currently divides his time between his homes in Los Angeles and Mendocino, California.