DARING TO SEE THE WORLD IN A NEW WAY
DARING TO SEE THE WORLD IN A NEW WAY
PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP WITH MAGGIE STEBER IN OAXACA, MEXICO

PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP WITH MAGGIE STEBER IN OAXACA, MEXICO

 

This workshop is about visual storytelling in a new way. What story a participant wants to tell is up to them. The main purpose of telling a story in one week, whatever shape it takes, is meant to hone skills and give participants a new way to see the world, to re-see it, if you will. We will also concentrate on finding new approaches to stories and ideas that have been photographed repeatedly, to think outside the box on how we photograph these ideas. This is the most important thing you will take away from this workshop. Don’t think of storytelling in the traditional way in terms of subject. We want to think outside the box.

 

We look at things every day but we don’t always see them. When we focus our cameras on something, be it an object, idea, or issue we begin to see it for the first time, re-see it instead of just looking. In a world one billion photos are taken each day we suffer from photographic overload, a collective visual fatigue even among a vibrant array of venues and greater opportunities for sharing photos. The big challenge is to show people something they haven’t seen before, a new approach to an old issue or idea that won’t go away. These are the two big goals for this workshop.

 

Participants can come with ideas, or we will brainstorm about what interests you and what you hope to accomplish. We also have a list of subjects and contacts for stories you might work on. You may continue to work on projects already in progress, or produce a five-day series that would address some of the challenges you face in augmenting your storytelling abilities. The workshop will include 1:1 discussions about editing and sequencing each day. There will also be in-class exercises in putting work together. Participants may bring a portfolio of work for review and discussion.

 

All visual approaches may be incorporated: documentary style, portrait style, or a more conceptual interpretive style. This is your chance to break out of what you think makes a good photograph or what is expected of you as a photographer, whether you are professional, student, or enthusiast.  We will look at examples of contemporary photography and sometimes more personal approaches that have made storytelling more intriguing and liberated from traditional visual ideas. This is not a class for beginners.

 

Photo Xpeditions has been producing workshops in Oaxaca for the past 8 years, initially for National Geographic Expeditions and then for our beloved Mary Ellen Mark. During this time we have had the opportunity to establish and solidify important relationships and work on making many potential assignments to make them available for our students as they work on becoming stronger photographers: Boxing gyms, swimming pools, circuses, families, slaughter houses, festivals, and elder house, and orphanage… and much more that we will present to all students as possible projects to help them become much stronger photographers.

 

As a student of Photo Xpeditions, you will work on honing your photographic skills and abilities while we focus on getting you you the stories and the accesses, so you don’t have to spend time on that.

 

ABOUT THE WORKSHOP

 

The first day we will look at the work of a variety of photographers in both the documentary world and the art world whose styles you might want to apply this week to your own work. 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. 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.

 

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

 

This class is for advanced and professional photographers.

 

REQUIREMENTS

 

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 since film is difficult and expensive to purchase in Oaxaca.

 

DATES & LOCATION

 

The workshop starts the evening of Sunday, February 26th and ends in the evening of Sunday,  March 5th. Oaxaca, Mexico is served by Aeromexico and Continental Airlines, among other local airlines like Viva Aerobus. Connection through Mexico City, Cancun, Houston, or Atlanta is usually required.

 

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UPCOMING DEPARTURES
  • February 26 – March 5, 2017
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ABOUT THE INSTRUCTORS

MAGGIE STEBER is a documentary photographer known for her humanistic stories of people and cultures. She is a National Geographic Woman of Vision and has worked in 66 countries, producing cultural stories as well as significant work on Haiti, Native Americans, and the sciences of sleep and memory loss. She has photographed for 30 years in Haiti. Aperture published her monograph entitled DANCING ON FIRE: Photographs from Haiti.

 

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