with Maggie Steber
MYSTERY IN OAXACA´S DAY OF THE DEAD WITH MAGGIE STEBER.
This workshop is about finding mystery in the Day of the Dead celebrations in Oaxaca and surrounding villages. This ancient ritual regards life and death through personal relations between the the living and their dead ancestors. It is an intimate relationship that pays honor and keeps the memory of loved ones alive in the most intimate of emotional tributes to ancestors to support their spiritual journey.
Our aim is to look for the mystery that takes us past the postcard photos of Day of the Dead gatherings in overcrowded cemeteries. We want to see what we have not seen before and using mystery as a way of thinking gets us closer to what this ritual means to individual families or people, how it is interpreted by each family or village, how it is a holiday that is celebrated in both light and shadow, where day falls into the night. We will visit the many cemeteries around Oaxaca as well as nearby communities. But our aim is to visually explore all facets of this ritual more deeply.
Leading up to the two main days we will work in surrounding villages as people prepare altars in their homes and go to the small cemeteries in their villages to clean and decorate the gravesites. Families gather to reminisce and help with preparations. People go to church. Usually on Oct. 31, families build altars to the children who have passed. That day is called Dia de los Angelitos or Dia de Los Inocentes. On the second day, dead adults are honored and that is called Día de los Muertos. In taking a closer more intimate look at the meaning of the Day of the Dead, we look at the larger relationship of life to death, a powerful backdrop of thought for this fascinating celebration.
In preparation we will look at the work of photographers who have woven an air of mystery into their photographs, including my work from The Secret Garden of Lily LaPalma. We will do a couple of class exercises on the first day of class when we all meet that will help set the tone for the workshop. We will also have guest photographer presentations in the evenings.
Each participant meets with Maggie for one-on-ones each day by appointment to look at your work and discuss your approach. These one-on-one meetings are extremely helpful and exciting and move you further and faster toward your visual goals. There might be one or two days when the class gathers but most of your time should be spent shooting and editing with me. On some days we will also go to some areas as a group but break up when we arrive to go shoot.
We have contacts in surrounding villages to help participants find families or events, as well as guides and interpreters. We also have many contacts in the larger communities and can help introduce you to the places you want to photograph.
ABOUT THE WORKSHOP
Participants should bring 10 to 15 images of their own which we will review as a class that first day. In these images, Maggie will look for how you shoot and to see what you find interesting so she can decide how to be of the most assistance to you during the week. We will discuss ideas and focus them. Focusing an idea is one of the hardest things to do and this will be a helpful lesson. The remaining days will be spent shooting photos and coming to meet individually with Maggie to class to edit and discuss your progress and what might come next. Participants will work with a local lab to make prints of their edit with Maggie. We will meet as a class in midweek to share how everyone is progressing. We will also discuss the business aspects of photography. If participants are working on longer term projects, please bring them for Maggie to review with you. At the end of the workshop, the group will come together to edit prints for a book, that will feature everyone’s best images from throughout the week. See Maggie edit and sequence on the spot, ask questions, and join in.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
This workshop is for intermediate to advanced photographers.
Participants must own their own camera equipment, including laptop for digital shooters, a backup drive, memory stick and sufficient memory cards and batteries to shoot for an entire day. Film shooters must bring their own film and photo paper, since both items are difficult to aquire and expensive to purchase in Oaxaca.
DATES & LOCATION
The workshop starts the evening of Sunday, October 27thand ends in the evening of Sunday, November 3rd.Oaxaca, Mexico is served by Aeromexico and UnitedAirlines, among other local airlines like Interjet and Volaris. Connection through Mexico City, Cancun, Houston, or Atlanta is usually required.
- $1,995USD per Person/Tuition Only
Pricing for the workshop is for a minimum of 9 participants. For a group of 7-8 participants, a supplement of $295 USD/person might be required.
We have blocked rooms at the Marques del Valle Hotel. Please make reservations with them directly . Be sure to mention you are part of the class:
- Marqués del Valle (Livia Ramirez) – email@example.com | hotelmarquesdelvalle.com.mx
Photographic instruction with Maggie Steber
- Portrait taken by Maggie Steber (Digital and Printed)
Group transportation to Day of the Dead locations on Oct 31st, Nov 1st & 2nd
- Accommodations, air transportation, purchases of personal nature or anything not specifically indicated in the itinerary
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