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Documenting the Personal (Online)

In this four-day workshop we will discuss features that make a photograph intimate, or not, and then create new work with these ideas of intimacy as our guide. We’ll begin by looking at the work of particular photographers whose work debatably embodies or disputes intimacy, for instance, Larry Sultan, Alessandra Sanguinetti, Katy Grannan, and Doug DuBois. Students will identify and explore elements that engender or refute personal and intimate visual spaces. The first session of the workshop will include group critiques of existing student work. Following the critique, in an effort to create a deeper and more complex visual language, each student will be given a unique assignment designed to push the boundaries of his or her work. In the second session, students will share their new work with the class. All levels of experience are welcome.

Sarah Stacke is a photojournalist and documentary photographer based in Brooklyn, New York. In her personal work, she is dedicated to developing intimate stories about people living in under-resourced and under-represented communities created by intersections of history, culture, and geography. She often spends time with a person or community over the course of months or years. Stacke creates bodies of work in which she seeks to understand how we navigate relationships against the backdrop of our circumstances. She teaches courses for the Center for Documentary Studies and the International Center of Photography and has written about photography for the New York Times Lens blog, Photo District News, the Aperture Foundation, and the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University. Sarah is the curator of Keep All You Wish: The Photographs of Hugh Mangum and the Democratic Republic of Congo Archive Project. In 2012, she received a master of arts from Duke University that was tailored to research on photographic representations of Sub-Saharan Africa and the diaspora. Stacke’s clients and publications include the New York Times, The New Yorker, Newsday, The Atlantic, the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the Miami Herald, the Boston Globe, Marie Claire, UN Women, Planned Parenthood, Reel Works, KARIBU Kinshasa, HOPE Cape Town, and the SONKE Gender Justice Network. Visit her website at sarahstacke.com.

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