Photography Atelier is a portfolio and project building course for emerging to advanced photographers taught by Meg Birnbaum and assistant Amy Rindskopf. Participants engage in supportive critical discussions of each other’s work and leave with a better understanding of the fine art industry and with an ability to edit, talk about and sequence their own work.
The Atelier was conceived by Holly Smith Pedlosky. The first Photography Atelier took place in 2001. Karen Davis taught the Atelier for 7 years. Meg Birnbaum has taught the Atelier for the past three years. The workshop was previously offered at Radcliffe Seminars, Harvard University and Lesley Seminars and in the Seminar Series in the Arts, The Art Institute of Boston (AIB), both at Lesley University.
Instruction in the Atelier includes visual presentations based around 4 class assignments which are designed to encourage experimentation in both subject matter and approach. The remainder of the course allows for students to work on a personal project that culminates in an exhibition at the museum. Students learn the basics of how to approach industry professionals to show their work and how to prepare for a national or regional portfolio review. There is discussion of marketing materials, do-it-yourself websites, DIY book publishing and the importance of social media. Students learn the critical art of writing an artist’s statement and bio.
Any method or medium of image making is welcome although digital photography is recommended for the first half of the class when work is assigned each week. The class culminates in an exhibition at the end of the class.
The Griffin Museum of Photography honors Holly Smith Pedlosky each time we offer what we consider an important educational experience. Holly died in 2012 entrusting the class to Karen Davis (who now teaches our online course from her home in Hudson, NY). Miriam Goodman another integral part of the Atelier passed away in 2008. Both women made a tremendous impact on the lives of the “Ateliesti” (students of the Photography Atelier).
The Atelier is held on Tuesday evenings from 6:30 – 9:30 or Wednesday mornings from 10:30 – 1:30 on the following dates