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Developing a Body of Work
February 17, 2018 10:00am-4:00pm
Midtown Manhattan
New York, NY
Instructor/Leader: Claudia Sohrens
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What determines a "body of work?" How do we find themes within our many images that could be developed into a body of work? Does the “body of work" change depending on the end use? (books, galleries, editorial, websites and other on-line collections, etc) It is difficult to create work in a vacuum and it is invaluable to gain feedback on works in progress. Within the constructive community and serious environment of PWP peers and fellow photographers, Claudia Sohrens* will lead a creative and professional dialogue and critique to provide multiple viewpoints on your work in the effort to deepen your photographic practice. 

If you have a set of photographs, that you want to refine or edit a particular project you have been working on, if you need help identifying a project or constructing narratives, in this 1-day workshop, you will have the opportunity to critiquing the work of others work (a great learning experience to verbalize constructive critiques of other’s works), as well as receiving critique on 3 projects from both instructor and your peers. 

Limited to 10 participants


- help articulate ideas and concepts, for writing artist statements & project descriptions 

- provide better visibility and opportunities to share work

- provide and identify references

- collaborate with others

Each person will have a 7min. presentation (up to 3 projects / max 10 images per project digital format and/or prints no larger than 11x14 in) and receive a 15 min critique

There will be a 30 min. lunch break and a few shorter breaks throughout the workshop

*Claudia Sohrens is a German-born visual artist and educator, who lives and works in New York. Sohrens received a BFA in Communications Design from IN.D, in Hamburg, and an MA in Media and Communications from the European Graduate School in Switzerland, where she is currently a PhD candidate. She is faculty in the Full-Time General Studies Program at the International Center of Photography, in the Photography Department at Parsons The New School for Design and in the Communications Design Department at Pratt Institute.She is the recipient of several artist grants, such as the 2010 NYFA fellowship in Photography; she participated in artist residencies, for example at the Bronx Museum in New York. Her work has been included in exhibitions at the Bronx Museum, the Brooklyn Museum and at the Artists Space in New York, as well as international art venues and festivals, such as the Electronic Language Festival in Sao Paulo, the Project Space at Kunsthalle Wien, KW – the Institut for Contemporary Art in Berlin, as well as, Kampnagel KX in Hamburg. Her latest project Mise En Abyme: Archive, has fiscal sponsorship through NYFA Claudia was recently awarded the first Artist in Resident at MANA where she curated several special exhibits of images from their archives. 

Barbara Nelson, long time PWP member, produces the professional workshops and seminars for PWP.  Photographer, journalist, producer of workshops and seminars for the visual arts community.  Member PWP, WICI, ASMP