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Making Work from the Archive: A Workshop on Working with Family History and Biographical Narratives

October 8, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

$150 – $175

Making Work from the Archive: A Workshop on Working with Family History and Biographical Narratives

How do you form a work from an assorted collection of materials that you have been holding for years? This 1-day workshop, that runs during the FlashPoint Boston Festival, will offer a process of developing imagery that combines texts, found materials, and photographs.

Drawing upon an archive of ephemera and imagery can be starting point for making image based works that explore individual experiences and histories within a family, community or culture. Participants will work with their own materials with an interest in either starting a body of imagery or refining and reworking existing projects.

During the morning session we will explore point of view, voice, narrative (and non-narrative) structures, as well as methods for making image based pieces. We will work to sort through the content of our materials, finding the threads of the story within the work. The goal is to establish a starting point for exploration. During the afternoon session participants will work to combine imagery and materials and begin a process that will continue beyond the workshop.

Participants should have a basic knowledge of Photoshop as this is the most effective way to work with archival imagery and materials. Further, participants should be prepared with materials they have gathered and pre-scanned if possible. Details on how to do this will be sent to participants prior to the workshop.

Larry Volk:

Larry Volk is an artist, educator, lecturer and author. He received his MFA in Photography from the Rhode Island School of Design. Currently, Volk is a professor of photography in the School of Visual and Performing Arts at Endicott College. Volk lectures on digital imaging, multimedia, portfolio production and art practice. He has served as a portfolio reviewer and juror to multiple national photo competitions.

As an artist, he been in had numerous exhibitions which include: a solo exhibition at the Bromfield Gallery (2015) and group shows, most recently: The Griffin Museum Atelier Gallery (2017), The 20th Annual PRC Juried Exhibition (2016), Text Image. Image Text. At Curry College (2016), “In Passing” at the FPAC gallery (2016) and “[Photo]gogues 2014. Volk’s work is included in private and museum collections.

Volk the co-author with Danielle Currier of, No Plastic Sleeves: The Portfolio and Self-Promotion Guide for Photographers and Designers, published by Focal Press which was released in its second edition in 2014. Volk is a member-artist of the Bromfield Gallery in Boston.


Who's Attending

11 people are attending Making Work from the Archive: A Workshop on Working with Family History and Biographical Narratives

  • Linda Payne-Sylvester
  • Dianne Schaefer
  • karen davis
  • Jean Schnell
  • Anthony Attardo
  • C darcy Donaldson
  • Cynthia Premru
  • Ellen Feldman
  • Tiziana Rozzo
  • Kathleen Aubrey


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October 8, 2017
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
$150 – $175
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The Griffin Museum of Photography
67 Shore Road
Winchester, Ma 01890 United States
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