Environmental Portraiture & The Art of Storytelling: Master Class with David Hilliard

  Start Date May 11
  Time 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
  Instructor David Hilliard

Environmental Portraiture & The Art of Storytelling: Master Class with David Hilliard
Friday and Saturday, May 11 and 12, 2018; 9:30am-3:30pm
$295 HCP Members / $355 Regular Price
Level: Special Topics
Class Size: 10 students

In conjunction with David Hilliard's Chosen Family exhibition, on view from May 11th - July 8th in the main gallery, HCP is pleased to offer a master class with the award-winning photographer, exploring the narrative and poetic potential of the portrait. This two-day workshop, which involves group discussion, critique, and group shooting, will explore photography as a universal storytelling language and challenge the notions of what your photographs can do. Emphasis will be placed on the “environmental portrait,” an image that depicts a person(s) in a specific environment and creates tension between “sitter” and “location." The interaction between the space, whether it is a home, landscape, workplace or other public space, and the sitter, defines the experience for the viewer. Technical and aesthetic decisions also help define these portraits. The sitter AND the elements of their surroundings become part of the subject and help to further define the moment and experience. The story is yours to tell.

Whether you are a photographer compelled to build a narrative or a writer who longs to explore how plot can translate into imagery, this intensive workshop is a wonderful opportunity to assess your current practice, break old habits, and create new ones. Your "stories" may be fact or fiction, staged or found, poems or novels. The class will look at multiple genres of photography - including portraiture, landscape, and still life - as a language with which to tell a story. You will be asked to think about, shoot and edit your photographs to most effectively present your ideas and create a moving experience for both yourself and the viewer. The worst thing that might happen is that you’ll surprise yourself.

Day 1) Friday 5/11/18 9:30am - 3:30pm Introduction/Portfolio Review/Slideshow/Assignment
Day 2) Saturday 5/12/18 9:30am - 3:30pm Shooting Exercise-Excursion (to be announced during the first class) /Discussion-Critique

What to bring:

A digital camera with manual controls and laptop computer to process shooting exercises

Participants should bring previous work (approximately 10-15 images) prepared in digital form and a written statement about their work if applicable.

The class fee includes a boxed lunch.

About David Hilliard

David Hilliard uses his unique, multi-paneled technique to produce expansive photographs, both figuratively and literally. His sweeping images depict subtle moments of love, family, adolescence, friendship and the nuances of masculinity, with a quiet yet powerful resonance. The multiple panels act as short films; a single work captures the passage of time before our very eyes. Although Hilliard's photography illustrates his own personal tensions, fears and desires – embroiled in his upbringing and sexuality – they remain universally evocative.

Hilliard received his BFA from Massachusetts College of Art & Design(MA) before going on to complete his MFA at Yale University, (CT). He has had solo exhibitions in Paris, Atlanta, Boston, Los Angeles, New York, Portland, Frankfurt, Seattle, New Orleans, and Barcelona, among others. Hilliard is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship as well as a Fulbright Grant and often participates in residencies and lectures at universities such as Dartmouth, Harvard, and Yale. His work is included in many international collections, including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (CA), Los Angeles County Museum of Art (CA), the Whitney Museum of American Art (NY), Microsoft Art Collection (MA), Portland Art Museum (OR), the DeCordova Museum (MA), the University of Salamanca (Spain), and the Philadelphia Museum of Art (PA), among others. He lives and works in Boston, MA.

Image credit: David Hilliard, Mary Remembering, 2008

Level Special Topics
Course Type Capture, Edit, Process, Present
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