MASTERCLASS : THE SECRET GARDEN with MAGGIE STEBER
THE SECRET GARDEN
Several years ago, after decades of telling the serious stories of others, I created a secret garden where I could grow new ideas and re-invent myself. There I could be wild and experiment without judgment, developing what turned out to be, much to my surprise, my story. This became the Secret Garden of Lily LaPalma. What I might miss, Lily sees. In fact, working in the garden has sharpened my recognition of photographic tales that I would have otherwise missed.
Come and escape everything you were told about photography with Guggenheim grant recipient/photographer Maggie Steber. The goal of this workshop, besides moving you forward in your thinking and practice of photography, is to create a safe place to expand your vision and ideas.
In this workshop our goals are visual liberation. This is about telling any story, whether it’s about the way you see the world or something you imagine in one photograph or as a series. It’s great for those who want to fall in love with photography again.
On the first day, we will dive head first into brainstorming ideas you can work on during the week. We will look at photographs by various people working in this genre for inspiration. You can bring a project already in the works or you can start afresh. You should be thinking about what you would like to do based on your past, your life, your loves, anything you want to keep a secret. Anything goes.
We will have class each day to review the previous days’ work and one-to-one meetings so that you get individual attention. Participants should show 10 of their photographs on the first day to give me a sense of where you are at. Show something risky, or a collection of images from a project or story you have shot.
This workshop is for experienced photographers and artists who want to break out of the box and experiment with new ideas.
Photographer Maggie Steber has worked in 64 countries focusing on humanitarian, cultural, and social stories. Her honours include the Leica Medal of Excellence, World Press Photo Foundation, the Overseas Press Club, Pictures of the Year, the Medal of Honor for Distinguished Service to Journalism from the University of Missouri, the Alicia Patterson and Ernst Haas Grants, and a Knight Foundation grant for the New American Newspaper project.
For over three decades, Steber has worked in Haiti. Aperture published her monograph, DANCING ON FIRE. In 2013 Steber was named as one of eleven Women of Vision by National Geographic Magazine, publishing a book and touring an exhibition in five American cities. Steber has served as a Newsweek Magazine contract photographer and as the Asst. Managing Editor of Photography and Features at The Miami Herald, overseeing staff projects that won the paper a Pulitzer and two finalist recognition. Her work is included in the Library of Congress, The Richter Library and in private collections. She has exhibited internationally. Clients include National Geographic Magazine, The New York Times Magazine, Smithsonian Magazine, AARP, The Guardian, and Geo Magazine among others. Steber teaches workshops internationally including at the World Press Photo’s Joop Swart Master Classes, the International Center for Photography, Foundry Workshops and and the OBSCURA Festival of Photography. She is also recipient of the Guggenheim Award 2017 and a member of the VII Photo Agency.