Understanding and curating pictures
two day course

23-24 June 2018
03-04 November 2018

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The ‘problem’ with photography, as with all technologically mediated art, is when it gets in the way of our understanding. Photography intensifies this by capturing so much that it can be hard to know when, and what, to pay attention to. Therefore, like any language the process needs to be deconstructed and demystified so we can work with it, not against it. But just as we are the ones who breath life into stone and canvas, our pictures, at their best also transport us ‘somewhere else’. This two day course is dedicated to how pictures do this, that is, how they ‘think, emote and misbehave’, and the essential processes underpinning all image creation, organisation and display. Specific topics include:

Analysing Pictures – The Structure of Images
—Decisive moments and effective compositions
—Figures and grounds – the organisation of the image
—Drawing compositions – the relationships within the image
—Tonal compositions – the drama of the image
—Colour compositions – the personality of the image
—Spatial compositions – our relationship to the image

Building Pictures – The Elements of Pictorial Design
—Texture and Tone
—Hue and Chroma

Designing Pictures – The Principles of Pictorial Design
—Form and Repetition
—Gradation and Contrast
—Rhythm and Melody
—Harmony and Discord
—Unity and Conflict
—Dominance and Balance

Looking at Pictures – Thinking about Images
—The nature of light, shade, and shadow – inherent versus imposed values
—Emotional theories of scale and aspect ratios
—Picturing things – Picturing feelings
—Interpretive frameworks – formal, cultural, political, historical, personal
—Symbols, associations, metaphors, archetypes, equivalents, and illusions
—Photography – a way of seeing

Curating Pictures - Sequencing and Exhibiting Images
—Developing, discussing, and supporting your work
—Telling a story, making a point, iterating the facts
—Stand alone images, sequencing images, and series
—Artist statements: packaging and presenting your work
—Text and image: titling, signing, and annotating works
—Exhibition design, layout, and installation

This course runs from 10.00am to 4.30pm on both days, and includes generous breaks for individual consultation. The workshop is presented through discussion, demonstration and critical analysis, with the National Library of Australia’s Peter Dombrovskis exhibition, publication and prints as its major case study. There is also an extensive workshop resource website with detailed course notes, videos, and test files.

What to bring?
Please bring along some of your prints and/or files, and/or camera equipment, especially if you are having specific issues with any area of your workflow - from capture to processing, editing, and printing. While this is certainly not a workshop requirement, do feel free to bring along anything that you think might be helpful. For example, intimately comparing your prints with Peter’s prints can be a ‘life-changing’ experience.

About Dr Les Walkling
Les Walkling is a renowned artist, educator and art consultant. Les has been teaching specialised workshops since 1977, and was the Program Director of Media Arts (1993 – 2005) and a Senior Research Fellow in the School of Art (2006-2010) at RMIT University. In 2012, he was named a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Professional Photography, and also serves on museum boards/committees of management and cultural and technical advisory groups. As an artist, his work is exhibited and represented in many public collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art (USA), the National Gallery of Victoria, the Art Gallery of NSW, and the National Gallery of Australia. In recent years his practice has expanded to include major collaborative projects with other artists including Peter Kennedy, Polixeni Papapetrou, Peta Clancy, Siri Hayes, and Bill Henson.

Cost: CCP Members: $495 incl. GST. Non-members $555 incl. GST
Venue: The Centre for Contemporary Photography, 404 George Street, Fitzroy, VIC.
Class Size: Maximum class size of 12
Course Duration: 10.00am - 4.30pm both days
Enquiries: info@ccp.org.au or +614 38 59 00 93

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Image: Les Walkling Poverty of desire 1998


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