Instructor: Pradeep Dalal
3 Sessions: Saturdays November 4, 11, and 18
1 - 4pm

Investigate cultural assimilation through the art of photography. How do foreign-born photographers manage living and working in New York City? What can you do if your subject matter - and heart - is elsewhere: Jamaica, Iceland, Ethiopia, Mexico, India, or Japan? Photographers often say that their work changes based on location. Sylvia Plachy, a Hungarian born, New York City based photographer, has said that her photographs made in Hungary are darker and more emotional than those made in New York. Designed for photographers striving for new inspiration in current projects as well as ones searching for impetus to begin new work, this intimate workshop will meet on three consecutive Saturdays in November to explore the photographic possibilities of cultural assimilation in the international setting of New York City. Through slide lectures, alternative assignments, and group critiques, students will survey various strategies to help tackle this dilemma. Students may explore immigrant communities around New York City: Dominicans in Washington Heights, South Asians in Jersey City, or Koreans in Flushing. Students may choose to work with found photographs: family albums, pictures culled from flea markets, or images drawn from the visual collections of the New York Public Library. Students are also free to develop their own innovative strategies. Students will grapple the "photographer's block" that so often threatens to sideline important projects and discover multiple solutions to investigate personal histories and cultural stories. Changes in geography will become a creative goldmine rather than a blockade. This workshop is open to both photographers and photo artists. Photographers may shoot in any format.

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