In the world of fine art and documentary photography it is essential that work is well edited. Whether preparing for portfolio reviews, book proposals, gallery shows or a magazine story, a solid foundation in the fundamentals of editing and sequencing are necessary tools in the current art market. We’ve all been there, wallowing in hundreds of images, each a little different from the next. What to choose? In this six-day workshop, Elizabeth Avedon partners with photographer Magdalena Solé to help you hone your eye for efficient self-editing. We will learn to edit large bodies of your work in a practical way towards selection of the best images; how to quickly differentiate between good pictures and those that are not and why; create a consistent look or a narrative theme; and work on sequencing.


The workshop will be held at Magdalena Solé’s studio in West Halifax, VT located in the beautiful rural countryside of Southern Vermont in an old 1790’s farmhouse. Participants can stay in the nearby quaint little town of Wilmington.


Participants are required to bring 1 project to the workshop.


You will work in individual and group sessions with: author and photographer, Magdalena Solé, and independent curator and book designer,  Elizabeth Avedon:


  • Learn to edit your work in stages: How to work though a large number of images.
  • How to distinguish between a great image and one that you like, but doesn’t work
  • Review masters iconic images
  • How to juxtapose images: the dialogue between images and how they relate
  • How to build a sequence using rhythm, color, light, and geometric shapes.
  • The differences in editing for an exhibit, a magazine, a book



This class is for advanced and professional photographers and is limited to ten participants.



This workshop is for advanced photographers with a complete body of work ready to edit. Participants should be proficient in Lightroom or Photo Mechanic.

I so appreciate the warm, supportive environment engendered by these two visionary women. Thank you for offering this workshop in Vermont. Watching Magdalena and Elizabeth edit together, illuminated the tenets of good collaboration: serious, focused, comprehensive, and light-hearted repartee. The location and the space for the workshop were conducive to developing a focus to encourage development and refinement of intuitive vision in editing sequences. The Vermont weather was seasonally appropriate and intense as rainy cold days often are. However, I found it to be a fitting metaphor for the work we were doing. Chilly spring rains give slow growth time for roots and beginning green leaves to prepare and organize for an intense summer season of exuberant growth and flourishing. So too did that weather encourage all of us participants to hunker down inside, working together to organize thoughts and skills to bring us forward in a new phase of our careers. It was only on the last day that Vermont showed her weather beauty and allowed us to go outside easily to photograph and revel in our new potential growth.” -- Giogia Kuss, 2016
I have been a fine art photographer since I was a teenager. My eduction stressed the importance of the stand alone image; we rarely discussed the importance of editing our work for a portfolio suitable for book publication or web presentation. This workshop brought it all together for me. Drawing upon the expertise of Magdalena (Sole) and Elizabeth (Avedon), I was able to see my images and sequence them in new ways. Their insights have helped me to see my images with new meaning. I would recommend this workshop to anyone who wants to create a portfolio, and also self publish their work in book form or web based media. After completing this workshop, I have become a better fine artist. -- David Reinfeld, 2016
Thank you both for an excellent workshop, you’re both super stars !! It was a talented group of fun people. I loved the intimacy--somehow we each knew everyone’s each image by the second day. Thank you for leading me thru my thoughts and images, and turning them into “Stone Soup.” I vote for a reunion workshop where we all present our books !!! I left Vermont energized and inspired— and with new friends. To our next adventure !!!! -- Geraldine Gill, 2016
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  • April 30th – May 5th, 2017
  • $2,100tuition only
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    • Participants can stay in the nearby town of Wilmington.  We have blocked rooms at The Nutmeg Country Inn.  Please book directly via their website and use the promo code: magdalena

Elizabeth Avedon has received awards and recognition for exhibition design and publishing projects, including the retrospective exhibition and book “Avedon: 1949-1979” for the Metropolitan Museum of Art and “Richard Avedon: In the American West” for the Amon Carter Museum, The Art Institute of Chicago, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, among many others. Avedon was Creative Director for the Gere Foundation, Art Director for Polo Ralph Lauren national advertising, Photo Editor for Magazine, and the former Director of Photo-Eye Gallery-Santa Fe. Portfolio Reviews include the New York Times Lens Review, Center’s Review Santa Fe, Photolucida Critical Mass, FilterPhoto Festival, and SlowExposures, and many others. She curated the exhibitions of Nicholas Vreeland and Magdalena Solé at New York’s Leica Gallery. Elizabeth is an instructor in the Masters in Digital Photography program at The School of Visual Arts and a regular contributor to L’Oeil de la Photographie.

Magdalena Sole photographer

MAGDALENA SOLEMagdalena Solé is a social documentary photographer. She is best known for her vibrant and complex color work. Visual language has been her life’s work. In 1989 she founded TransImage, a graphic design studio in New York City. In 2002 she graduated with a Masters of Fine Art in Film from Columbia University. Her last film, “Man On Wire”, on which she was the Unit Production Manager, won an Oscar in 2009.

She has taught in Japan and the Americas. Her projects span the globe. Her current work includes: « Kamagasaki » — a photo documentary on the shunned elderly day laborers of Japan. «Since That Day», an exploration of the aftermath of the Great 2011 Eastern Japan Disaster, and «Hasta Siemple», documenting Cuba at the cross-roads.



TRIP GALLERY - Photo Editing 2016