Storytelling is most familiar in photojournalism but it can play a huge role in building a personal photography project. The goal in this class will be to make your personal story into a universal one. In fact, the more personal your work is, the more universal the imagery becomes.
It is not necessary to start the class knowing what you want your project to be, but if you are already working on something and have hit a road block we will provide feedback and more eyes and ideas to help you head toward the finish line.
We will start with introductions and a presentation of contemporary successful storytelling. There will be a fun assignment to get us started and loosened up. Then we will talk about intention, structure and purpose, common themes and some questions to answer. Depending on your chosen project we will discuss locations, props, inspirations, symbolism and re-igniting your passions!
At the end of the class, students will have the opportunity, if they wish, to present their work in an artist’s talk to the Griffin audience.
Dates: Every other Tuesday Feb 14 – June 20 2023 (10 sessions)
Times: 6 – 8:30 pm EST via ZOOM
Course Cost: $695 members $ 745 non-members (the non-member tuition comes with a year regular membership to the museum)
Level: Intermediate / Advanced
Instructor: Meg Birnbaum
Meg Birnbaum is a fine art photographer, designer and educator. She has had solo exhibitions in Kobe, Japan, the Davis Orton Gallery, NY, Panopticon Gallery, Boston, Corden Potts Gallery, San Francisco, the Griffin Museum of Photography, Lishui China, International Photography Festival, and at the Museum of Art Pompeo Boggio, Buenos Aires during the Biennial Encuentros Abiertos-Festival de la Luz. Her work has been juried into many national and international photography competitions. Birnbaum was an invited exhibitor at Flash Forward Festival 2011 in Boston and was nominated for the 2009 Santa Fe Prize for Photography.
Birnbaum taught illustration at Montserrat College of Art and has been teacher of the Photography Atelier classes at the Griffin Museum of Photography. Her work is held in the permanent collection of the Meditech Corporation, the Museum of Fine Art, Houston, the Lishui Museum of Photography in China and many private collections.
Featured image : Copyright Meg Birnbaum 2022
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