Photography Atelier 29
September 11 - December 12$595 – $645
Photography Atelier is a portfolio and project building course for emerging to advanced photographers usually 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 four years. Meg will be taking a sabbatical for the Fall session in 2018. Emily Belz will teach the Fall Ateliers with Dennis Geller assisting. 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 6:00 – 9:00 or Wednesday mornings from 9:30 – 12:30 on the following dates
- September 11 and September 12
- September 25 and 26
- October 2 and 3
- October 9 and 10
- October 16 and 17
- October 23 and 24
- October 30 and 31
- November 6 and 7
- November 13 and 14
- November 27 and 28
- December 4 and 5
- December 11 and 12
Emily Belz is a photographer and educator based in Cambridge, MA. Belz has exhibited her photographs in exhibitions at the Center for Fine Art Photography; Danforth Museum; the Griffin Museum of Photography; the Photographic Resource Center; Panopticon Gallery, and the Vermont Center for Photography. She was the recipient of a 2014 artist grant from the Cambridge Arts Council, and a 2015 Critical Mass Finalist. Belz holds a BA in photography and art history from Hampshire College (1997); an MA in art and design education from the Rhode Island School of Design (2009); and an MFA from the New Hampshire Institute of Art (2017). Photo of Emily by Bill Malone