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The Intimate Photograph

Doug DuBois (engl.)

The goal of this class is to articulate and explore what intimacy means in visual terms. We will try and assemble a rhetorical rather than a purely emotional guide to the photograph’s intimate claims. In the end, we may come to the conclusion that intimacy cannot be photographed directly (as we experience it) because, quite simply, the camera is always in the way. The trick, perhaps, is to understand intimacy as an imaginary space -- an illusion that exploits our very real longing for a profound and authentic encounter with another.

We will look at photographs and photographers who offer insight into the challenges, tropes and problematics of making intimate photographs. Some discussion topics will include: The Bad and the Beautiful (Hiromix, Corrine Day. Lisa Safarti, Juergen Teller, etc); Dirty old Men (Larry Clark, Nobuyoshi Araki, etc, etc); Family Business (Larry Sultan, Elinor Carucci, Leigh Ledare, etc ); Intimate Pairs (Alessandra Sanguinetti, Kelli Connell, Laura Letinsky, etc).

We will hold group and individual critiques of each other’s photographs and on-going projects. I will also design a few assignments that will test our theories, challenge our assumptions and if we are lucky, produce some images that meet or exceed our expectations of what an intimate photograph can be.

Doug DuBois
Doug DuBois

Doug DuBois' photographs are in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art in NY, SFMOMA in San Francisco, J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, The Museum of Fine Art in Houston, the Library of Congress in Washington DC and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. He has received fellowships from MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, The National Endowment for the Arts, SITE Santa Fe, Light Works and The John Gutmann Foundation. Doug DuBois has exhibited at The J Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles; The Museum of Modern Art and Higher Pictures in New York; SITE, Santa Fe; New Langton Arts in San Francisco; PARCO Gallery, Tokyo, Japan and at Voies Off in Arles, France.

Doug DuBois' photographs have been published by the Museum of Modern Art, The J. Paul Getty Museum, Double Take, The Picture Project, The Friends of Photography, and in magazines including The New York Times, Details, Black Book, The Telegraph (London) and Monopol (Berlin) and O’zine (Beijing).

Doug DuBois - All The Days And Nights

A monograph of his photographs titled, All the Days and Nights was published by Aperture in the spring of 2009.

Doug DuBois’ Homepage
Doug’s work at Higher Pictures
Book review All the Days and Nights by Amy Stein at Ahorn Magazine

The workshop will be held in a small group of 5 to 10 participants. The fee is 285,- € (incl. 19% VAT). All interested applicants should apply by email before May 7 2010. Please attach 5 to 10 examples of your own work and/or a link to your personal website. You should also attach a short statement about your photographic skills and motivation.

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