Workshop With Ernesto Bazan February 18

"Bazan Cuba," published in 2008.

"Bazan Cuba," published in 2008.

Finding Your Voice Through Photography: A Workshop With Ernesto Bazan
Thursday, February 18, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (5 hours credit toward Certificate in Documentary Arts)
Center for Documentary Studies, Room 001
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Course Fee: FREE

(Application required – Qualifies for 5 hours credit toward the Certificate in Documentary Arts)


“The more I teach the more I realize how difficult it is to edit your own work. I strongly feel that editing is the photographer’s Achilles heel. In this workshop we will look at students’ photographs and some of mine, to learn more about the photographer’s approach, framing, intentions, and ability to discern from the flow of life in the attempt, often vain, to extract its essence. I will also share with you the intricacies of making a book, including the selection of the best images, layout, the sizing and the combination of images and text. I imagine this class as an intense photographic session in which we will listen to the many voices within the group.” – Ernesto Bazan

Each year in a series of workshops around the world, internationally renowned photographer Ernesto Bazan helps committed photographers to edit and create a distinctive body of work around a particular theme or subject. In the CDS workshop, he will draw on his own extensive work photographing in Cuba over the past fourteen years and in developing his recent book BazanCuba, which won the prestigious Best Photo Book of the Year Award at the 2009 New York Photo Festival and will be available for sale to workshop participants. In 2008, Bazan, who has published four previous books with independent publishers, created a new publishing house, BazanPhotos.

The workshop is offered free of charge and will be open to a small group of students (8 to 10) drawn from Duke undergraduates, faculty, and staff, as well as members of the general public who qualify. The workshop is intended for scholars and serious photographers who are well on their way to producing an extended and cohesive body of photographs. A key goal of the workshop is to help participants move toward publication. Students will be required to bring twenty photographs from one body of work on a flash drive in digital form and numbered in sequence suitable for digital projection. Students will have an opportunity to present their work in a seminar setting to Bazan and the group for critique and discussion.

Interested participants should contact cdscourses@duke.edu by Wednesday, February 10, and attach five jpegs (1000 pixels wide x 72dpi) intended for presentation at the workshop along with a brief statement about why they wish to participate. Though not required, priority will be given to individuals with particular interest in Cuban history and culture, in the transformative power of photography, or in artistic practices, representation, and cultural identity. Students will be notified by e-mail by Monday, February 15, about their acceptance into the workshop.

This workshop is supported by funds from the Josiah Charles Trent Foundation.

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