Fall 2017 Classes
Registration by email or phone at 212–260–9927
Full payment deposit needed to register for any class, lesson, or workshop. Deposit is fully refundable if cancellation occurs two weeks prior to first class session, 25% cancellation fee applicable if less than two weeks notice is given before the first class session.
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Poetry and Photography
Instructor: T. Cole Rachel
October 30th – December 5th, 2017
First class meets Monday 10/30, and all following classes meet on Tuesdays 7 – 10 pm (6 sessions)
Cost $300 (Baxter St at CCNY members receive 10% discount)
Registration by email or phone at 212–260–9927
Photography and poetry have one important thing in common-the focus on specific images, images that aren’t necessarily tied to a plot (as in fiction and film). What makes both poems and photographs good is a strongly felt point of view. This course, taught by poet and feature writer/critic T. Cole Rachel, will encourage the writing of poems while using photographers’ existing images as a source to unlock potential subject matter and discuss point of view.
Students will explore different poetic forms-sonnets, haikus, odes-in a series of written exercises based on photographic prompts. Each student will write at least 4 poems during the 6-week class, and they will be read and workshopped in class.
For photographers who have had the impulse to write poems and didn’t know how to get started, or who have written in the past but have lost touch with the art form, the class will be a stimulation to write, and to engage with some important voices in contemporary poetry. The class will read the work of a variety of contemporary poets, including Albert Goldbarth, David Kirby, Sharon Olds, Billy Collins, Walt Whitman, Jorie Graham, Denise Levertov, Elizabeth Bishop and W.H. Auden.
T. COLE RACHEL is a writer, teacher and ceramic cat collector who lives in Brooklyn. He creates poems, essays, and all manner of music-related journalism. His work has appeared in Interview, The FADER, Pitchfork, The New York Times Magazine, Bon, V Magazine, Man Of The World, OUT, Dossier, Maxim and Stereogum. He is a regular contributor to Pitchfork and a Contributing Editor at V Magazine. This year he taught POPNY – an introduction to music journalism – at New York University’s Journalism School, as well as a recurring poetry workshop, Poetry & Photography, via Baxter St at CCNY. His books include Surviving the Moment of Impact and Bend Don’t Shatter. He is currently Senior Editor at The Creative Independent.
His website is www.tcolerachel.com
Instructors: Ports Bishop, Fryd Frydendahl, and Lucy Helton
Cost $800 (Baxter St at CCNY members receive 10% discount)
Registration by email or phone at 212–260–9927
Object New York Workshop grants students the time and discipline to explore the practical and theoretical ways their photographic work can be creatively produced and presented as an Object, whether that form be an artist made book, a photo-book dummy, or zine. Students’ time will be spent examining innovative contemporary photo books, talking to local zine and artist book makers, discovering inventive ways to use pre-existing public and personal photographic archives, and shooting new work, with the guidance of the experienced photographers, artists, and bookmakers teaching the course. Practical advice and support will be given for film scanning, inkjet printing, commercial book printing, and bookbinding. The goal of the workshop is for students to walk away with a resolved preliminary Object that makes sense for each student’s photographic project, and a practical understanding of how to complete the Object going forward. The workshop will be run out of a 700ft artist loft studio in an old rope factory in the arty neighborhood of Greenpoint, Brooklyn. The studio comes fully equipped with large format inkjet printers, high res negative scanning, and laser zine printing.
The workshop will run every Saturday for 8 weeks, October 7-December 2nd from 10am to 5pm. The class is ideal for students who have an unresolved project or a new idea, and need help to clarify and resolve the work. Participants are expected to have a basic knowledge of Photoshop and experience making a photographic project. Objects will be exhibited and for sale at Baxter St at CCNY as part of our annual Holiday Bazaar.
Students should email the instructors at firstname.lastname@example.org with a 150 world bio before the workshop starts. Your bio should include a description of the kind of photographic work you make.
Ports Bishop is a lens-based artist, curator and book maker. Ports shows his work regularly, having had five solo exhibitions, and frequently publishes in outlets including The New York Times Magazine, Vice, Vogue Japan, The Financial Times and Dazed & Confused. His advertising clients include AT&T, Best Made Co., Vice, DFA Records and Mixpak Records. Ports been a faculty member at the International Center of Photography since 2003.
Fryd Frydendahl, born 1984 on the west coast of Denmark, divides her time between New York and Denmark. She graduated from Fatamorgana, Copenhagen, in 2006 and received an advance Certificate from The international Center of Photography, New York, in 2009. Her first book, Familiealbum, was published by the Danish Publishing house Nyt Nordisk Forlag in 2007. The book featured a collection of intimate portraits from “the youth house”, a Danish punk venue that was sadly evicted and demolished in 2007. She is the recipient of grants from Fogtdahl’s Rejsestipendie, The Henry Margolis Foundation, and Josephine Lyons Merit Scholarship. She was a part of the 2011 CCNY fellowship program. In 2016 her collaborative project with Jacob Birch – They Didn’t Want to Pierce The Sun – was published by Danish publishing house Roulette Russe. In conjunction with the exhibition the New York publishing house Konnotation Publishing released the book Nephews.
Born in London and based in New York, Lucy Helton received her master’s degree in fine art photography from Hartford Art School, CT, in 2014. Rising from a necessity to express her personal anxieties coupled with her concerns about the environment, she produced her first body of work as a photo-book “Actions of Consequence”, which was nominated for the MACK First Book Award 2014, shortlisted for the Kassel Dummy Award 2015, and The Anamorphosis Prize 2015. Her most recent photo-book “Transmission” (Silas Finch, 2015) is a communication from our future to our recent past and it was shortlisted for the Paris Photo-Aperture First Book Award 2015. Helton is immersed in photo book making and has participated in various book fairs and festivals in New York, L.A., London, Germany and France.
Winter 2017 Classes
Created and Facilitated by Caron Levis
There is much for a photographer to steal from the craft of acting. Photographers, like actors, must create moments that capture life and captivate an audience. Both theatre and photographs transform spaces, re-focus attentions, and stir observes to thoughts, feelings, and action. Master acting teachers have discovered many tools for developing an artist’s ability to create point-of-view, relationship, atmosphere, emotional truth, and even ways to coax the muse. For, Act-Like-A-Photographer, acting techniques have been adapted to give the creative photographer new, immediate and practical approaches to their work. Shy, introverted folks need not be afraid—we won’t be putting anybody in the spotlight. All you need is your camera, pen, paper, and sense of play. Peek behind the curtain and find something to steal.
Participants will be introduced to basic principals and methods based on the works of Michael Chekhov, Stanislavski, and Lenard Petit. We will be clicking and writing as well as getting on our feet to move through different acting exercises designed to support the photographer in developing point-of-view, creating moods/atmospheres, exploring relationships choosing focus, and framing a moment. This course is for portrait, landscape, studio, journalistic, and all photographers. The first sessions will be focused on learning the techniques and the later sessions will focus on application to participants work. You may be given assignments and asked to bring cameras and work to sessions.
This course is part of the Act-Like-A-Writer series (Act-Like-A-CHILDren’s-Writer, Act-Like-A-Dancer, and more) created and facilitated by Caron Levis. Caron has taught Act-Like-A…workshops at The New School Creative Writing MFA program, Summer Literary Seminars Conference, Teachers & Writers Collaborative and has also taught Chekhov techniques at the Gelsey Kirkland Ballet Academy, Tribeca Performing Arts Center, as well as incorporating it into her social emotional skill development work with children and adults.
Caron Levis is the author of several picture books for children including Ida, Always (Simon & Schuster) which the New York Times Book Review called, “an example of children’s books at their best.” Short stories have been listed in the Best American Non-required Reading, published in Fence Magazine, The New Guard Review, and in anthologies by Persea Books and W.W. Norton. Caron is an adjunct professor and the advisor for The New School’s Writing for Children/YA MFA program where she earned her degree. She has an MSW from Hunter College, and has trained at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center, Moscow Art Theatre, and with Lenard Petit at the Michael Chekhov Acting Studio. After many years as an arts educator, Caron now loves using acting and writing to teach social, emotional, and literacy skills to students of all ages through her author workshops. Having trained in acting and dabbled in playwriting, Caron enjoys turning theatre techniques into writing tools through her workshop Act-Like-A-Writer. Visit her at www.caronlevis.com
Photography and Drawing
Instructor: Alexa Zucker
In this course we will explore the language of drawing and examine the relationship between drawing and photography. The class will consist of weekly drawing exercises, critiques, and group discussions and readings. In addition to drawing in class every week students will complete 3-4 drawing assignments outside of class.
Learning to see is an essential part of both drawing and photography. Both exercise and refine our understanding of visual perception. Both drawing and photography teach us that seeing is a nuanced and complex process and both media are ways of relating to the world that expand and excite our visual acuity. A drawing is a visible manifestation of the combined processes of looking, decision-making, and the unique marks inscribed by the individual who made it.
The act of drawing has the potential to demonstrate the interplay between the real and the imaginary in a manner that emphasizes the artist’s interpretation and authority over the image. In this way drawing is also a process of revealing or self-discovery.
The skills acquired through the drawing process are applicable to myriad artistic applications. Drawing is a form of visual thinking, and learning how to draw is a process that encourages continual reappraisal of what constitutes a successful work. Drawings never exist in an attainable fixed state. Because of the subjective nature of drawing and the inherent potential for the expression of individuality, there are always alternative ways to make either different or better drawings.
Alexa Zucker is a visual artist from New York City where she currently lives and works. Her work primarily consists of large-scale drawings, paintings and collages using traditional materials. Her website is alexazucker.com
Winter / Spring 2016
Digital Work Flow: Scanning Workshop
Instructor: Ido Abramsohn
This scanning workshop is intended for photographers who want to understand the basic concepts of scanning and to establish a workflow that will help them get the maximum capacity out of their scans. The three-hour workshop will focus on the best practices of scanning with the devices available at Baxter St at CCNY, mainly the Hasselblad Imacon. We will review some basic digital concepts that can affect our final results. We will go over how to get these results out of the Imacon scanner, and create a digital master that can be used for multiple purposes. Finally, we will go over the steps of converting a negative to a positive in an efficient and consistent way.
Born and raised in Jerusalem, Israel, Ido Abramsohn currently lives and works in NYC. He received his BA in photography with honors from Hadassah Academic College in Jerusalem. Abramsohn’s work has been exhibited in museums and galleries around the world, including Haifa Museum of Art (Haifa, Israel), Bronx Museum of Art (New York, NY), Museum on the Seam (Jerusalem, Israel), Site Specific Art Fair (Tel Aviv, Israel), and Fresh Paint Contemporary Art Fair (Tel Aviv, Israel). His website is www.idoabramsohn.com.
A Peek Behind the Curtain: How Photo Galleries Work and Tips How to Break In
Alice Sachs Zimet
This class goes behind-the-scenes to better understand how commercial photography galleries function within the fine art marketplace… and offers tips on how to break in. We’ll meet with galleries (TBD) (Lower East Side, Chelsea, or Upper East Side) where we’ll look at images firsthand and up close. More importantly, we will have a frank discussion with owners and sales associates about how galleries find new talent, whether they do portfolio reviews, how prices are determined and shared, tips on what not to do when approaching a dealer and other reality checks about finding and dealing with a gallery.
Poetry and Photography
T. Cole Rachel
Photography and poetry have one important thing in common-the focus on specific images, images that aren’t necessarily tied to a plot (as in fiction and film). What makes both poems and photographs good is a strongly felt point of view. This course, taught by poet and feature writer/critic T. Cole Rachel, will encourage the writing of poems while using photographers’ existing images as a source to unlock potential subject matter and discuss point of view. Students will explore different poetic forms-sonnets, haikus, odes-in a series of written exercises based on photographic prompts. Each student will write at least 4 poems during the 5-week class, and they will be read and workshopped in class. For photographers who have had the impulse to write poems and didn’t know how to get started, or who have written in the past but have lost touch with the art form, the class will be a stimulation to write, and to engage with some important voices in contemporary poetry. The class will read the work of a variety of contemporary poets, including Albert Goldbarth, David Kirby, Sharon Olds, Billy Collins, Walt Whitman, Jorie Graham, Denise Levertov, Elizabeth Bishop and W.H. Auden.
Spring / Summer 2015
Summer Portfolio Workshop
Instructor: Jade Doskow
This class is geared toward photographers looking to move a current project to the next level, whether preparing for portfolio reviews, gallery meetings, school admissions, or other related professional goals. We will engage in in-class critique and discussion to hone and perfect a body of work. Topics such as concept, logistics, type of printing and paper that best suits the subject matter, scale of presentation, and Photoshop work will be addressed. There will be several trips to museum and gallery exhibitions to relate students’ work to current trends in the medium. Weekly assignments will reflect each individual project, and students will be expected to bring new work to each class.
Making Work…Now What? Getting out into the Marketplace
Instructor: Alice Sachs Zimet
January 31/February 1 and February 7/8
10am – 2pm (4 sessions)
Cost $350 ($315 Baxter St at CCNY members)
The maximum number of students in this class is 10.
Taught by veteran photography collector and longtime corporate arts professional, this class is geared to photographers with a growing body of work who want to get out into the marketplace. The nonstop fact-filled workshop begins with in-depth presentation on ‘inside the collector’s mind’ to better understand the fine art marketplace today – where do collectors go shopping (the nonprofit and for profit communities), tips on how to deal with galleries and how to buy at auction, pricing and editioning concerns as well as questions collectors regularly ask.
Advanced Directions: Expanding Personal Work into the Editorial & Social Media Arena
Instructor: Martine Fougeron
Martine Fougeron, known for her fine art portraiture of her teenage sons and their friends, and also for her editorial portraiture for The New Yorker, New York, and the NY Times Magazine, will offer a seminar for advanced photographers who are trying to balance their fine art projects with editorial efforts an social media.