Overview – August 10th-12th, 2018 – San Francisco, CA
In this workshop Gus Powell will explore the narrative and poetic potential of photography and the photobook. He will discuss making images that come out of a tradition of street photography, that are then used to make work and books that embrace 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 the 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 portfolio reviews and exercises shooting in the street. The weekend will conclude with classroom editing exercises involving collaboration and the union of text, image, and design.
Finding inspiration in unexpected histories and heroes, bringing out humor that lies at the bottom of the human experience, using language to elevate rather than explain an image, and getting into trouble: these are the virtues that Powell will examine both in the classroom and out on the street.
Who should attend this program?
This workshop is intended for the intermediate or experienced photographer that is interested in street photography and moving towards the creation of a body of work. It is expected that participants are already comfortable with proper exposure and general camera use. Attendance is limited to 15 maximum.
Friday – 5:30pm – 8:30pm
Saturday – 10:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday – 10:00am – 4:00pm
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, titled 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, Wired, Fortune, W, and The New Yorker magazine. He is a member of the collective of street photographers In-Public and faculty at the MFA Photography, Video and Related Media Department at the School of Visual Arts, NY. He 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. Powell is currently at work on a book tilted Family Car Trouble (Peperoni Books, 2018) and his ongoing street work series titled Mise en Scène. He is represented by Sasha Wolf Projects, NY and Micamera, Milano.
“An insightful workshop that forces you to ask questions about what you are trying to say through photography. The most helpful part for myself was the hand’s on working experience on the streets. Being able to work alongside Gus while having instant feedback through reviewing the images on the back of the camera allowed me to adjust on the spot and helped to push me into a new direction as we continued photographing.” Charles, New York, NY
“The editing feedback and in-depth critique and discussion of my weekend’s photos was invaluable.” Rob, Denver, CO
“Gus is an amazing teacher. Walking around the city with him was really valuable. He gave us many new ways to see our own work.” Mark, New York, NY
“I came away with a very strong sense of what I need to do better, both in technique and in thinking about my work. For me, that was the most valuable aspect of the whole experience.” Bill, New Haven, CT
“It was the first workshop I have attended and I was a little concerned that it might not be that helpful to me progressing as a photographer. However, my experience was just the opposite. I found the workshop to be very helpful in demonstrating the value of editing and sequencing my work as an essential part of the process of creating more personal and unique images. Rather than repeating the easy, instant gratification photos that are so popular and generate many “Likes” on social media – Gus emphasized moving beyond the easy images to make pictures that are more nuanced, open to interpretation, and vision of the photographer as author.” Tim, Boston, MA