Embracing the Snapshot Aesthetic: Robert Frank’s The Americans
At the end of the day, it’s not how in-focus, sharp or meticulously composed a photograph is that matters—but how authentically the image captures a moment that causes the viewer to feel and to think. During the first session we’ll study Robert Frank’s groundbreaking photobook The Americans to both understand and appreciate the snapshot aesthetic—the photographs’ apparent disorder and imperfection (which is exactly their appeal and style). During the second session we’ll go on a photowalk and, using analogue cameras, take snapshots. This will be followed by the sharing of the photographs and a critique. The workshop will emphasize new skills and concepts that may inform the participants’ future work with digital or analogue photography. Photobook, camera, film and film developing included.
Schedule: Thursday and saturday
Maximum number of participants: 6
Taught by: Scott Brennan