Fine Art Photography Workshop
How to develop the ability to more effectively express psychological identities
with Roger Ballen
Workshop: June 30 – July 2, 2016 (Thu-Sat, 9:30-17:30h)
Fee: 800 €
Application deadline: May 31st, 2016
The aim of the class is to enable students the ability to more effectively express their own psychological identities, better integrate the subjectivity that is involved in aesthetic photography with the science of photography, analyse the aesthetics of a photograph, better understand the aesthetics of Roger Ballen’s photography and his artistic practice as well as a better understanding of the business of art photography and what it entails.
Roger Ballen b. 1950, New York City. Roger Ballen is one of the most important photographers of his generation, one of the few still working in black and white photography. Ballen has lived and worked in Johannesburg for over 30 years. While working as a geologist, he began documenting the secluded small mining towns in South Africa where the interiors and the people he encountered in them led him to a body of work not only a social critique but also a unique engagement with metaphors of the human psyche within his images.
From 2000 his work evolved into an assortment of texture and composition of both objects and animals. In these works, seemingly incompatible objects may seem arbitrary but upon closer inspection one can discern Ballen’s ability to bring out the interrelationship between the different objects, the people, their forms and arrangement as well as their metaphysical and emotive qualities.
It’s always a very crucial point when you look at art work, why that certain work stick in the mind and then last and why is a lot of it fleeting, and that’s an important thing for me in terms of being an artist, that stuff sticks in people mind, doesn’t get out of the mind and is turned over in the mind, and comes out and also it’s a way to actually extends the consciousness of the person which to me is the purpose of art at least for the viewer” Roger Ballen
During this workshop, students will engage with the process of making photographs, reviewing and critiquing works in order to gain a better understanding of the medium and its relationship to fine art.
About Eyes in Progress
Eyes in Progress is a Centre for Continuing Education in Photography. The workshops we provide are exclusively led by distinguished photographers. They are held monthly in major European cities like Paris, Barcelona, Amsterdam or Berlin and are open to professional photographers and advanced amateurs.
After the workshop, Eyes in Progress website features the participants’ portfolios, video interviews and a review by a photography expert.
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