Master Class – The Photo Montage with Fran Forman, October 26 and 27, 2019


INSTRUCTOR | Fran Forman
DATE| October 26 and 27, 2019 from 9:30am to 4:30pm or later (one hour lunch break)
TUITION | $425
WORKSHOP SIZE | limited to 8

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION | Just as a photograph can record fragments of reality, it can also be created out of fragments. This is what a photo montage does. It juxtaposes and melds seemingly disparate objects into a cohesive whole, fragments from many sources, to present a different reality, in the way a dream might present fragments from different times and places.

Blurring the line between photography and painting, a composited photo can invite the viewer to enter into a world of magic or mystery, of whimsy or the unconscious. It asks us: what realities exist beyond the traditional limits of gravity, linear time, or social convention? It can create an imaginary world, outside of the conventional, into the world of dreams and imagination and fantasy. It permits us to create extraordinary images out of ordinary things.

 In this intensive workshop, you will use the tools of Photoshop to create composited images from your own found, taken, and scanned images. Since you have mastered many of the technical issues, we will now address what makes the image work as a piece of art. To create a sense of magic realism or the possibility of a new reality, we will see how the disparate elements meld seamlessly. We will consider masking, edge treatments, color space, shadows and highlights, texture, perspective, depth of field, harmony, symmetry, and of course composition and narrative, all in the service of creating a cohesive image.

Bring your laptop and a mouse or, preferably, a stylus and tablet. You will be working independently to create your own photographic composites, but Fran will be looking over your shoulder constantly. Be prepared to get frustrated, confused, baffled, and to experiment and have fun. We will be sharing our composited artwork with the other members of the workshop and constantly critiquing each other’s work.

The class atmosphere will be energetic, supportive and collaborative. Participants receive continual assistance and feedback on their works in progress. Frustration and laughter is to be expected and relished! Experimentation, discovery, play, fun, and the open exchange of concepts, ideas, and techniques are encouraged. Think of this workshop as a big playground, where you might get a few skinned knees but you’ll do so laughing and learning.

INSTRUCTOR | Fran Forman has had many solo exhibitions, including the famed Henry Fox Talbot Museum, Lacock Abbey, England, and The Griffin Museum of Photography and the Massachusetts State House. She has won numerous significant awards and prizes; most recently, first place from the Julia Margaret Cameron awards, three awards (First Place, Gold and Silver) from PX3 Prix de la Photographie, Paris 2012. In 2011, she was invited to exhibit and attend the China 2nd Biennial International Photographic Cultural Festival and Exhibition, Lishui, China (one of only thirty Americans); she also won the second prize from the World Photography Gala Award (out of over 8000 entries) in the People and Portrait category; in 2010, she won 1st place as well as an Honorable Mention in the Fine Arts Collage sub-category for the Lucie Foundation’s International Photo Awards (IPA). She was one of the Top 40 at the LA Center for Digital Art in 2010 and 2006. She also received first and second place awards in the Fine Arts sub-categories at the Px3 Prix de la Photographie (2008 and 2007 respectively); she was a fourth place winner in the Adobe sponsored; and she was a finalist for an Ultimate Eye Foundation grant. And at the International Photo Awards 2008, she won 2nd place for Collage and Honorable Mention for Digitally Enhanced.

Fran is a featured artist in Contemporary Cape Cod Artists (2014), Photoshop Masking and Compositing (2013), and many publications and books. She is a Resident Scholar at the Women’s Studies Research Center at Brandeis University and teaches workshops in the US and abroad. She is also a recipient of grants from the Sassower, Tyre, Tavris, and Puffin Foundations. She has been a Resident Artist at Holsnoy Kloster, Norway, The Studios of Key West, and the Vermont Studio Center.  Escape Artist: The Art of Fran Forman, was published by Schiffer Books in 2014 and was selected by Elizabeth Avedon as One of the Best Photobooks of 2014 and won First Prize in an international juried competition selected by 21st Editions.

Fran’s photo-paintings are in the permanent collections of The Boston Musuem of Fne Arts, The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum (NASM, Washington, DC), the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, The Grace Museum, Abilene, The Sunnhordland Museum, Norway, and the North Down Museum, Northern Ireland.

She is represented by Pucker Gallery (Boston), Afterimage Gallery (Dallas), Susan Spiritus Gallery (Newport Beach, CA), and Galeria Photo/Graphica (San Miguel de Allende, Mexico). She was the Commencement Speaker and received an Honorary Degree from the New England School of Photography in 2018.

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Cancellation Policy

Please send cancellation via email up to 7 days prior to workshop date for a full refund of tuition.


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