Category Archives: Workshops

FESTIVAL DE LA LUZ – BUENOS AIRES

EXHIBITION, WORKSHOP & TALKS

EXHIBITION:

August 2nd – September 4th, 2018, The Middle of Somewhere is being exhibited at Centro Cultural el mas acá, Buenos Aires, Argentina as part of Festival de la Luz, the biggest event of its kind in Latin America, with exhibitions of national and foreign artists in museums, cultural centers, and art spaces across Argentina.

 

 

 

WORKSHOP:  The Photobook Process – Case Study: ‘The Middle of Somewhere’

ESCUELA ARGENTINA DE FOTOGRAFIA

It was a pleasure to be hosted by Escuela Argentina de Fotografia. My workshop was about the process of making photobooks, dummies, edit books and journals. Including a deconstruction of the 9 months process of making The Middle of Somewhere.  It’s very rewarding when the students are so engaged and enthusiastic.  Thanks for having me!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TALKS: From London to the Bush

In conjunction with my exhibition and workshop i also gave two talks. Firstly ‘From London to the Bush’ looking at my life journey and career in photography at Centro Cultural el mas acá. Secondly, Professor Jose Nuno of the National University of Tucumán, invited me to talk with his 2nd year degree students about my career experiences and working process.

Audience preceding my talk ‘From London to the Bush’ at Centro Cultural mas acá, 4th August,

Prof. Jose Nuno of National University of Tucumán introducing me to his 2nd year degree students

 

 

 

NEW WORKSHOP – THE PHOTOBOOK PROCESS

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10 – 17 March 2018

4 participants

It is often overlooked just how many ‘ingredients’ go into making an exceptional photobook, one that you can become immersed in, touched by, moved and inspired by. It’s been a dream of mine for quite some time to invite a few photographers to my home in the forest of Western Australia and share my experience and passion for all things photobook.

Together, we’ll go down the rabbit hole and take an in-depth look into the process of planning, making and promoting a photobook.

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“There is a sense of holding something precious in your hands… this is a unique and special book” Daniel Boetker-Smith on The Middle of Somewhere Photo-eye Book of the Week.

 

Some of what we will cover:

  • Introduction to the world of photobooks – we will explore a wide range of great photobooks and discuss WHY and HOW they work
  • The value of making book dummies and why they are essential to the process of arriving at a mature book (with numerous examples)
  • Presentation /Q&A with my collaborator & publisher Eva Maria Kunz from Ceiba Editions.
  • The power and the poetry of sequencing
  • Case Study: The making of The Middle of Somewhere deconstructed; concept & design, creating a cover, choosing the right paper, proofs and printing, binding, inserts & gatefolds, hand made elements, graphics & typography, layout, size, editing & sequencing
  • Why weight and size matter
  • Look at your work as a group and discuss; I will offer advice and suggestions – group brainstorm
  • One-on-one sessions – I’ll assist you to edit your past or current work and help you in moving forward
  • Reflection on and development of your book concept
  • Creating a tester / basic book dummy
  • Learning to listen to your authentic voice and why it’s your most valuable asset
  • Day trip to the coast, BBQs & Sundowners…
  • Evening photography movies & slideshows projected outdoors, under the stars

While most workshops run on an intense schedule, which can become overwhelming, it’s my intention to factor in downtime to reflect, percolate ideas, time for informal but equally creative discussions, walks in the forest, pour over photobooks from my library or simply hang by the dam with a cold beer and take in the beautiful surroundings… making this more of a creative retreat than a traditional workshop.

Yali under the Orange tree

This 7 days (8 nights) retreat is limited to only 4 photographers. A portfolio submission is required along with a Skype interview.

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A small sample of the books we’ll be exploring over the week

DATES: start 10th March 2018, 5pm. Checkout 18th March by 11am.

LOCATION: Balingup, Western Australia, 6253

FEE: AUD $1800 (approx US $1400) – includes: 8 nights accommodation, 7 days and most meals

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BITUME PHOTOFEST

It was a real treat to be invited to Lecce in southern Italy for Bitume Photofest, where I exhibited ‘The Middle of Somewhere’ and ran a workshop.

The drive from the airport set the scene nicely, olive trees as far as the eye could see, deep blue sky and the hot, sweet scented Mediterranean air…

Arriving in Lecce was impressive; nicknamed “The Florence of the South” due to the large amount of Baroque architecture spread across the city, it made for a wonderful and very unique location for a photography festival.

The Middle of Somewhere

exhibited in the charming Corte dei Mesagnesi

 

One very nice aspect of Bitume Photofest was no doubt the great use of outdoor installations, all in extremely impressive historical locations, allowing for the public to engage with the work whilst immersing themselves in the relaxed splendor of Lecce. Where most festivals are over saturated with content, I  really enjoyed the intimacy of Bitume, allowing for meaningful exchanges with some special people and the time to actually absorb and engage with the work on show.

Lost in the Wilderness by Kalpesh Lathigra

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AUCKLAND FESTIVAL OF PHOTOGRAPHY 2016

It’s always nice to go back to Auckland where i was invited to attended the Auckland Festival of Photography in June..

It was an action packed week for me, reviewing portfolios, running a two-day  workshop, as well as presenting a talk about my book The Middle of Somewhere. There was also a diverse range of exhibitions to check out, with openings to attend and lots of friendly people to meet.

Here are just a few highlights:

HOME, curated by Simone Douglas  was a series of exhibitions at the impressive Silo 6 (disused silos, now heritage protected and making a fantastic space for exhibiting photography). HOME featured work by Anna Carey, Arthur Ou, Ian Strange,  Shan Turner-Carroll and Lin & Lam

HOME at Silo 6

HOME at Silo 6

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PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP INDIA

EXPERIENCE SOUTH INDIA 2015

I am happy to announce that I’ll be running a 10 day workshop in India, January 2015.  We’ll be photographing at some classic locations across the south as well as some personal favorite spots, well off the beaten track…

This will be my most adventurous workshop to date. So if you’ve been dreaming of visiting India this could be your chance to make it happen! India is a photographer’s paradise… a place I have many years experience with. I lived there with my family and we birthed our daughter Yali in a small village. India is my home away form home…

I’ll be sharing my passion and experience with the group and this will be a fantastic chance to get one-on one mentoring in the field. We’ve also worked hard to make this the most affordable India workshop out there!!

For more details, itinerary and accommodation details please visit this link: samharrisworkshops.com

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MEDIEVAL CARNIVAL WORKSHOP

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Once a year my adopted home town of Balingup, Western Australia is transformed for the weekend as it hosts the Balingup Medieval Carnival. Thousands of people from across the country visit our tiny town and most are dressed in hand-made, meticulously crafted period costume. What better scenario for a photography workshop…

We set up a portrait tent aka Ye Olde Portrait Booth and offered free portraits for all. Above you can view some of our favourites in a slideshow. So while you’re waiting for the next episode of Game of Thrones, don’t despair, just sit back, turn the volume up and check out my student’s portraits of the marvellous characters of the Balingup Medieval Carnival.

BALINGUP MEDIEVAL CARNIVAL

Once a year my adopted home town, Balingup (Pop: 500) is transformed for the weekend and taken over by thousands of Medieval clad fanatics. They come from far and wide… not only from Perth and the surrounding region but also as far away as the east coast. Dressed in full attire whether princess or pauper, monk or maid they really go the whole nine yards.

This year together with Claire Martin, i ran a weekend photography workshop. One aspect of the workshop was a portrait booth / tent set up at the heart of the carnival where students practiced taking portraits. I couldn’t stop myself from jumping in and taking a few shots myself.

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Claire Martin with subjects at our workshop portrait tent – © Sam Harris 2012

The candle lit banquet.This shot was taken by one of our students. Photo by Tony Stefanhof © 2012

Balingup Medieval Carnival  © Sam Harris 2012

Balingup Medieval Carnival  ©  Sam Harris 2012

Balingup Medieval Carnival  © Sam Harris 2012

Balingup Medieval Carnival © Sam Harris 2012