Some photographs convey a story, a narrative that veers on the cinematic. These photographs appear to have a beginning already in motion, a dramatic situation in progress, and a conclusion that is up to the viewer to complete. How do you as a photographer create a scene specifically to photograph it?
This workshop will examine the work of Cindy Sherman’s Film Stills and Gregory Crewdson’s Twilight as examples of this approach, as well as many others. As a group, you will analyze these cinematic photographs and discuss considerations like character, conflict, tableau, lighting, props, and logistics. Write a story for the sake of photographing it. Together scout a location, cast a lead and supporting cast, and photograph the story as it unfolds. As a group, the class will make films that are one frame in length.
Rachel Herman's photo-based work has been exhibited nationally, including in a recent portraiture show at the Nelson-Atkins Museum, a solo show at Light Work, and group shows with Humble Arts and Photographic Center Northwest. Other exhibitions include the Dolphin Gallery in Kansas City and HungryMan, SHoP, and Links Hall in Chicago. Rachel was a long-term visiting artist at Illinois State University and had an accompanying exhibition in Gallery2.5/University Galleries in Bloomington-Normal, IL. She has been an artist in residence in the Center Program at the Hyde Park Art Center and is currently an adjunct photography instructor at Columbia College and DePaul University's First-Year Program. She earned a MFA in Visual Arts and Visual Theory from the University of Chicago.