Event Recap: Photographs are Just The Beginning - Showing your Work

In the Creative process - what is the final artistic product? Photographs are Just the Beginning
Taught by Emily Schiffer, www.emilyschiffer.com

Do you have a solid body of work that's ready for the world to see? This workshop invites you to invent new ways of sharing your images to engage viewers beyond traditional outcomes like books or exhibitions. Whether it's wheat pasting your images in the streets, using photographs for collage, or designing new platforms for social engagement, we will explore what happens if we conceive of photographs as the beginning of your artistic process instead of the final product. This workshop is limited to 10 participants.

In this workshop we will look at a range of creative approaches, from public art installations to immersive exhibition formats, and everything in between. We will define your desired impact and work backwards to ensure your approach matches your intent. Participants will arrive with photographs from a series or project and leave with a detailed plan for how and where they will live in the world.

Emily Schiffer is a photographer and mixed media artist interested in the intersection between art, community engagement, and social change.

Awards include: an Audience Engagement Grant from the Open Society Foundation, an Emergency Fund Grant from the Magnum Foundation, the Arnold Newman Prize for New Directions in Portraiture, winner of the PDN Photo Annual Personal Project Category, first prize in the IPA Lucie Awards, the Inge Morath Award, presented by Magnum Photos and the Inge Morath Foundation, and a Fulbright Fellowship in Photography. Emily has exhibited her photographs internationally at institutions including the Fotografie Forum Frankfurt, Espacio Fundacion Telefonica, Madrid, and the Cultural Center of the Philippines, Manila. Publications include: Aperture, Smithsonian Magazine, PDN, TIME, the Washington Post, and Mother Jones. Her work is in the permanent collections of The Farnsworth Museum, US, The Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts, Japan, Foto Baryo, Philippines, The Center for Fine Art Photography, US, and numerous private collections.

In 2005, she founded the My Viewpoint Youth Photography Initiative on the Cheyenne River Reservation in South Dakota, where she continues to teach and shoot. In 2011 she co-created See Potential, a community engagement/ public art project that installs documentary images on abandoned buildings to illustrate economic development initiatives of community leaders on the South Side of Chicago. In 2014 she co-created Danube Revisited: The Inge Morath Truck Project, a photographic road trip and travelling exhibition in which a 2T truck was converted into a mobile gallery and driven along the length of the Danube River through Central and Eastern Europe.

Emily presented her social documentary work from South Dakota at the February 2018 PWP monthly meeting.

Barbara Nelson, photographer, journalist and long time member of PWP produces the professional PWP workshops and seminars. Member PWP, ASMP, WICI.