FINDING YOUR VISION: OAXACA, MEXICO 2020
Alex Webb & Rebecca Norris Webb
February 22 - February 29
2,200 USD tuition only
The 2020 workshop is full and applications are no longer being accepted. Please join us in 2021.
February 13 - February 20, 2021
Application dates will be announced in early 2020.
This workshop will be about finding your own unique vision of the airy southern Mexican city of Oaxaca by using the camera to explore the region in a direct, spontaneous way. Open to both serious amateurs and professionals alike, from fine art photographers to documentary photographers, from college students to seasoned photographers, it is a workshop that will emphasize the development of your own personal way of seeing photographically. This workshop will also be about learning how to edit your work intuitively, and will include discussions about how to take your photography to the next level.
NOTE: This is a workshop for photographers who collaborate with the world, not for those who dramatically alter their photographs digitally.
WORKSHOP SCHEDULE IN BRIEF
Saturday, February 22nd:
7:30 - 9pm: Workshop Welcome and Oaxaca lecture.
Sunday, February 23rd:
9:30am-1pm portfolio reviews; presentations; 1-2: lunch;
2-3:30pm presentations and editing exercise; 3:30-7pm photographing assignments.
Evening event: 7:30-8:30pm: Together and Apart: Photographs of Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb followed by Q&A.
8:30-10pm Optional Group Dinner.
Monday, February 24th:
10-1pm group edit, presentations; 1-2pm lunch; 2-3: presentations; 3-7pm photographing assignments.
Tuesday, February 25th:
8:00am-7pm: photograph the San Martin Tilcajete Lent Celebration and/or assignments.
Wednesday, February 26th:
10-1pm group edit, presentations; 1-1:30pm lunch; 1:30-3:30: individual meetings; 3-7 pm (and beyond) photographing assignments.
Thursday, February 27th:
10-1pm group edit, presentations; 1-1:30pm lunch; 1:30-3:30: individual meetings; 3-7pm (and beyond) photographing assignments.
Friday, February 28th:
10-1pm group edit, presentations; 1-1:30pm lunch; 1:30-3:30 individual meetings; 3-7pm (and beyond) photographing assignments and pre-edit of final slide show.
Saturday, February 29th:
10-11:30pm group edit of Friday work, 11:30-2pm; participants working on their final edit; 1-2pm group lunch; 2-4pm final group edit. Evening Event: 8-8:30: Final Slide Show of Participants Photographs of the Week. 8:30-10pm: Final Group Dinner and Farewell.
This schedule is subject to change at any time.
WHAT TO BRING THE FIRST DAY
The first day we would like all participants to bring about 30 PRINTS (NOT digital files*), representing the work that they feel best represents who they are as photographers. We are interested in each participant’s individual vision, rather than whether he or she can work professionally or not. So bring a personal project or projects—the work that represents your passions, your obsessions—not a set of portraits or editorial pictures done simply to satisfy an editor or art director.
*IMPORTANT: Please bring PRINTS for the first day, NOT digital files. For the first reviews, we find that working with prints has huge benefits. The prints do not have to be fine prints: they can be cheap 4×6-inch machine prints, inkjet prints, etc. – just prints that enable us to see the image.
MORE ABOUT THE SCHEDULE
There are two main components of this class: the spontaneous act of photographing and intuitive editing. The workshop will begin with Alex and Rebecca—a creative team who between the two of them have authored 18 books—who will critique each participant’s past work as a starting off point for a larger discussion about various photographic issues. By that first afternoon, participants will be working on their first assignment, which they will choose themselves. It may be a specific street, family, or individual. It may be about a nearby village or lent celebrations in towns such as San Martin Tilcajete, Teotitlán del Valle and Zaachila, but it must be something that you’re passionate enough to return to every day to photograph. We can facilitate connecting students with fixers for their individual needs if they require help with translation and access (for a reasonable fee).
For the rest of the workshop, we will meet in the mornings and critique as a group each student’s ongoing work. Throughout the workshop, we will try to build a coherent set of images for each photographer that will begin to represent his or her photographic stance or attitude toward Oaxaca, Mexico. We will view this work as a group slideshow at the end of the workshop.
Besides photographing and editing each day, there will also be print and book demonstrations, and an editing exercise. We will touch on a variety of topics, including the process of photographing spontaneously and intuitively; how to photograph in cultures other than one’s own; the relationship between images (such as the sequencing and juxtaposition of photographs); how to edit photographs intuitively; an introduction on being on press with a book; how to work with a designer on a book; the practical realities of the magazine and art worlds; the emotional and psychological implications of working in color vs. black and white; the difference between images in a book and images on the wall; and how long-term projects can evolve into books and exhibitions.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR THE WORKSHOP
Since we’ll be working digitally, everyone must bring a memory stick or a portable hard drive to class each morning, so all work can be downloaded into a single workshop computer attached to a digital projector. (We do not have time to shut down the projector and hook up individual laptops.) We need to be able to see work (from the previous day) at the beginning of the class everyday. Only on the last day of the workshop, we will need photographers to bring their laptops to class. You should also have some sort of digital editing software on your laptop, such as Bridge or Lightroom.
A FINAL NOTE: BRING QUESTIONS
And please bring lots of questions to the workshop. The ultimate direction of the workshop will be influenced by the kinds of questions that you pose.
TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THE WORKSHOP
Please email 10 jpgs (72dpi; 1080 pixels longest side) that represent who you are as a photographer, or direct us to a series or two on your website. If you work in a series, please include a selection from one or two personal projects –– the work that represents your passions, your obsessions. (We aren’t interested in photographs done simply to satisfy an editor or art director or client.)
Also include a short description of why you’d like to take this workshop (no more than 150 words in a word doc), and a short bio (no more than 100 words as a word doc).
Be sure to also include the following information:
Date of birth
Country of origin / country of residence
Previous photography studies
How you heard about the workshop
Please email your application to email@example.com
Workshop Dates: February 22 - February 29, 2020
Applications Open: July 1, 2019
Early Applications Close: July 22, 2019
Early Notification of Acceptance: July 29, 2019
Final Application Deadline: August 19, 2019
Upon acceptance, participants are required to make a 500 USD deposit within two weeks. The balance is due 120 days before the workshop begins.
To see our terms and conditions and cancellations policies please click here.
We have blocked rooms at Parador de Alcala Hotel, where Alex and Rebecca will stay. We have a special rate for the class that expires on November 2nd, 2019 so please make your reservation before that day. For more information about special rates and how to make your reservation with the discount please email Selma Fernandez Richter at firstname.lastname@example.org
You should plan to arrive in Oaxaca, either on Friday February 21st or Saturday, February 22nd during the day, as the first activity is on Saturday at 7.30 pm. Plan on leaving any time on Sunday March 1st or later, as the last activity is a farewell dinner the evening of Saturday, February 29th.
Workshop will be held at the Centro Fotográfico Manuel Álvarez Bravo.