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Writing for Photographers
with Leah Bendavid-Val, Sam Abell
October 6 - October 9, 2012

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All photographers can benefit from the ability to write about themselves and their work. This workshop is for photographers who want to express themselves through the written word, be it for use on web sites, in print publications, or to pitch their work for exhibition.

As an added bonus, and in addition to honing your writing skills, Sam and Leah give dedicated individual attention to the editing of your photographs. The combined result of this writing and picture editing workshop will be a stronger, more expressive body of work to take into your photographic life.

During the course of our time together we look at books and web sites and take field trips to the Photo-Eye bookstore and galleries in Santa Fe. In the classroom we look at successful (and unsuccessful) relationships between photographs and texts and show how carefully chosen words can bring insight and public awareness to your work. There is more than one way to write beautifully—we involve ourselves with various options for writing about your own images.

Plan to bring approximately 50 photographs for discussion. In one-on-one conversations with Leah and Sam we reduce the number to approximately ten. We discuss your personal writing goals and we work with you as you apply them to your selected photographs.

By the end of the workshop, you have a simple, to-the-point biography, concrete descriptions of photographs and projects, and a stronger presentation of your portfolio. In addition to being practical, this workshop will be lighthearted and fun (not ponderous and intimidating!).

COLLEGE CREDIT AVAILABLE (Course Level 300): For an additional fee, participants may elect to receive one hour of college credit through Hastings College upon successful completion of this workshop. Those interested in earning credit should inquire with Santa Fe Photographic Workshops at the time of registration, 505-983-1400, Ext. 11.


Leah Bendavid-Val: Leah Bendavid-Val is a writer and curator of photography, and former Director of Photography Publishing for National Geograph...

Sam Abell: Sam Abell is a gifted and insightful teacher, an expressive artist, and a sensitive photographer who learned photography from...

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