In this online workshop Gus Powell will explore the narrative and poetic qualities of photography and the photobook. He will discuss working within the tradition of street photography to make work that embraces both the universal and the ambiguous in equal measure.
The workshop will begin with a presentation of Powell’s work: the inspiration and creation of past projects, the books and their maquettes, his work for editorial and commercial clients, and his ongoing practice as a street photographer. It will continue with group portfolio reviews, a “field trip,” and a collection of editing exercises involving collaboration and the union of text, image, and design.
- Authorship & storytelling
- Finding inspiration in unexpected histories and heroes.
- The comedy & tragedy of the human experience.
- Making something out of nothing.
- Using language to elevate rather than explain.
- Embracing chance.
- Getting into trouble, getting out of trouble, & getting on with it.
Who should attend this program?
This workshop is intended for the intermediate or experienced photographer that is interested in moving towards the creation of a body of work.
The submission of a portfolio is required to be accepted into this program. All interested students are asked to submit the following to Akademie@LeicaCamerausa.com along with your fee for the workshop.
- A portfolio of no more than 20 images (as jpegs or a pdf)
- Brief introductory email explaining your motivation for taking the course.
Attendance is limited to 10 maximum.
July 23rd – 25th 2021
Friday, July 23rd – 11:00am – 2:00pm
Saturday, July 24th – 11:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday, July 25th – 11:00am – 5:00pm
(All times Eastern Time)
Location: This workshop will be conducted via the online ZOOM Video chat platform.
Gus Powell was born in New York City in 1974 and attended Oberlin College where he majored in comparative religion. In 2003 he was selected to be in PDNs 30 under 30 issue and also published his first monograph, The Company of Strangers (J&L Books). His work has been exhibited internationally, including a solo show at The Museum of The City of New York and group exhibitions at The Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Fine Arts Houston and FOAM, NL. His photographs have been published in Aperture, Harpers, Vogue, M le mag – Le Monde, Wired, Fortune, W, and he has been a regular contributor to The New Yorker. He is a member of the street photographers’ collective UP and is faculty in the MFA Photography, Video and Related Media Department at the School of Visual Arts, NY. His work is included in the books Bystander: A World History of Street Photography and Street Photography Now. Powell’s second monograph, titled The Lonely Ones (J&L Books, 2015) was celebrated as one of the best photography books of the year, and was reprinted in Italy as a trilingual edition in 2017 by Lazy Dog / Mutty. His third monograph, Family Car Trouble (TBW Books, 2019), plays with the form of the novel, both as material object and as narrative vehicle for expressing interior life. The work records and reckons with the arrival of children, the departure of a father, and the maintenance of a difficult 1993 Volvo 940 Turbo station wagon. It was celebrated as one of the best photo books of the year and is considered a new classic of the Automotive Bereavement Parenting genre. Powell resides in Brooklyn NY and is currently at work on a series titled Mise en Scene.
(Photo by Grant Cornett)
“Gus was able to reach everyone on their individual level of experience and practice. His critiques were sensitive but gave real guidance, and he helped us find strategies to overcome artistic blocks and limitations in a most supportive way.” – Alexandra, New York, USA
“Gus coaxed people to open up about their thoughts about their work as a whole in the context of their lives.” – Barbara, Vancouver, Canada
“I came into the workshop with a hint of skepticism as to the effectiveness of an online workshop in conveying the necessary proximity that allows for this kind of affair to be successful. Having emerged from the workshop chock full of inspiration and satisfaction, I can say that my skepticism was completely misplaced!” – Ghayyan, Doha, Qatar
“If someone is stuck in their ideas surrounding sequencing and editing, hell even just feeling narrow minded in their approach to photography in general, I couldn’t recommend it more.” – Kyle, Oregon, USA
“Gus is such an inspiring and motivating teacher (and photographer) because he carries so much passion, compassion, joy, talent and intelligence in everything he does. I left the workshop feeling like I not only gained a better sense of my work, but that I had a touching experience with a community of photographers who were all deeply supportive and very kind to each other. I believe Gus helped facilitate and cultivate that comradery in a meaningful way.” – Michael, LA, USA
“It’s a very intense and creative workshop: one that forces you to actually create things and challenge yourself. Many interesting topics about the nature of photography and why we create books are discussed and these discussions help us to understand our own work and purpose better. It doesn’t matter if you are in the middle of making a book or simply want to put a series together for the first time- this class will open new paths for you and help you understand your work and express it much more clearly.” – Sonia, New York, USA