SSL Certificate

Sara Terry

June 2011

Finding Your Visual Voice

Course Description
Students of all levels will engage with Sara Terry in discovering their own visual language through photography. Rather than focusing on the “how” of making and composing photographs, this workshop will focus on daily problem-solving assignments that are designed to engage students in the emotions and personal connections involved in creating photographs that truly reveal a personal visual voice. Although Sara’s work focuses on long-term projects that document the aftermath of conflict, she loves working with photographers with a wide range of interests – from landscapes to fine art to photojournalism. Suitable for all levels of experience.

Supply List
Digital camera
Card reader
External hard drive (optional)

Artist's Statement

I became a photographer at a time in my life when I lost my faith in words. As someone who had grown up believing in the power of words to convey truth and inspire action, as someone who had been a reporter for nearly 20 years, I was shocked to encounter a situation in my life where words utterly failed me. Almost by accident, I picked up a camera – first as a way to try to communicate with the person who could not be reached through words, but ultimately as a way to communicate with myself, with my own thoughts and feelings during what was a painful, yet ultimately transformative time. Although my work as a photographer has taken me back into journalism, and long-term documentary projects, I have never lost my connection to this personal approach to shooting, and to understanding that every truly revelatory image is as much about the person taking the picture as it is about the subject.

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