Photography: Where Do You Stand?
During the workshop, every photographer must answer the following two questions posed by the great Welsh photographer, David Hurn: where do you stand and when do you press the shutter? Of the two questions, the matter of where you stand is far more complex.
There are the physical aspects: do you stand close or far away, raise the camera to your eye or shoot from the hip, stand up or sink to your knees? How do you know when to move, where to move to, and how to move so as not to disturb the scene you are photographing? This issue of movement is one of the most important and under-examined questions that photographers face.
In addition, there are deeper emotional, psychological, and political questions about where you stand in relation to photography, and where does your photography stand in relation to the rest of your life. Where do you stand creatively and economically with your work, how do you make a living, and what do you shoot for yourself? How has digital technology affected you? If you’re a working photographer, how do you feel about your clients? How are your photographs used, and whose interests do they serve? The goal is to help participants integrate their photography into their lives so that both are enriched.
We will explore all these questions by photographing daily assignments, editing, portfolio reviews, and freewheeling discussions. The shooting assignments will not be subject-matter oriented but rather will be structured to help the participants learn where they are standing and where, how, and when they need to move.
Jeff will also talk about the challenges of making a living from photography, and how the way that you make a living affects both your choice of subject matter and your editing.
Supply List for Participants
Computer (if possible)
Familiarity with your camera is important, but this class is open to all levels.
Jeff Jacobson was born in Des Moines, Iowa, in 1946. He has published two books: My Fellow Americans, University of New Mexico Press, in 1991, and Melting Point, Nazraeli Press, in 2006. Jacobson joined Magnum Photos in 1978. He later left Magnum to help found Archive Pictures.
Jacobson's photographs are in the permanent collections of The Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Houston Museum of Fine Art, George Eastman House in Rochester, NY, The Center For Creative Photography in Tucson, Arizona., and The Joy of Giving Society in New York. His work has been exhibited at The Walker Arts Center in Minneapolis, The International Center of Photography in New York, The Jewish Museum in New York, High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Museo Rufino Tamayo in Mexico City, and The Armand Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. Jeff teaches workshops yearly at the International Center of Photography in New York, and at his home in the Catskills. He has also taught at The Tuscany Photo Workshop, The Anderson Ranch, Center For Photography at Woodstock, the Julia Dean Photo Workshop in Los Angeles, and Centro de la Imagen in Mexico City, He has won grants from the National Endowment For The Arts and The New York Foundation For The Arts. He has worked as a photojournalist for major magazines around the world.
Jeff’s latest book, The Last Roll, will be published in Spring, 2013, by Daylight Press. These photographs are a meditation on mortality and creativity, made in the period between late 2004, when he was diagnosed with lymphoma, to the end of 2010, when Kodachrome, the film he had used his whole life as a photographer, was discontinued.
Photography is the fulcrum of my life. It's not necessarily more important than my family, friends, community, but it is my balancing point. My photography is the one place I can go and always feel good and whole. I love the process of making photographs: the chatter in my mind drops away and it is just me, camera, and subject.