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Date(s) - 01/30/2021
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

The Center for Fine Art Photography


Dates: Saturday, January 30 and February 6, 2021

Times: 10 am – 12 pm Mountain time each day – via Zoom

Fee: $65 for non-members and $50 for members

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Class limit is 15 Students

In what manner can one’s practice grow through collecting photographic imagery? How do found photographs impact one’s visual language? What and why do visual makers collect? We will look at artists whose practice is informed by collecting in some capacity, and how collecting and appropriating photographs may influence one’s artistic practice, whether lens-based or otherwise. We will investigate artists such as Melissa Catanese, Catherine Opie, Zoe Leonard, and Christian Boltanski, and how collecting in one form or another influences their work.

Students will gain knowledge and skills in:

  • A brief contemporary history of artists working with appropriated materials using different methods

  • The power an appropriated image can have when used in conjunction with other imagery

  • How to identify specific areas of visual and thematic interests in the images they are drawn to

  • Where to search for archival and vernacular materials online and in person

  • Collecting and sequencing imagery disparate in origin through narrative connection

Whether you are an artist looking for raw materials or you are interested in curating a collection of snapshots, this 2-day workshop will introduce you to sources for images and documents, artists already working in this capacity, and thinking critically about your visual interests.

About the Instructor: Keavy Handley-Byrne is a photographer, writer, and educator, currently based on Lenape and Canarsie land (New York City). Their work and research interests currently center around grief, fate, and their relationship to gender and queerness, with a special interest in archival materials. They are particularly interested in how archival photographs and documents can interact with those more recently made within their practice.

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