Photography & New Media

Photography has always been a vital part of Anderson Ranch, one in which students explore visual storytelling through a variety of contexts and concepts. The program has uniquely evolved to focus on both traditional photography and new media— making it one of the only workshop settings of its kind. Three floors of the Fischer Photography Center house state-of-the-art equipment, including three photography studios, two Mac labs, a traditional darkroom, and a lighting studio with strobe and continuous lighting for photography and video.

All Photography workshops are rooted in the same idea—powerful art requires rigorous inquiry of techniques and ideas. We focus on technical skills, content and critical dialog. Students have access to color-managed media labs equipped with 21-inch iMacs, flatbed and film scanners, Epson printers, and cutting-edge software including Adobe Creative Cloud. When appropriate, students utilize strobe and tungsten lighting equipment, seamless backdrops, green screen, audio and video recording equipment and Epson large-format printers. We also offer community engagement through events like our Locals’ Clubs “Photography Salon” where artists engage with the Ranch outside of the workshop setting.

The Ranch Photography and New Media team creates an inspiring environment, allowing artists of all levels to explore lens-based media and the journey of artistic discovery in the unparalleled setting of the Colorado Rockies.

Andrea Jenkins Wallace

Vice President of Artistic Affairs, Artistic Director of Photography and New Media; Chair of The Center

Born and raised in Massachusetts, Andrea received her M.F.A. from the University of Colorado Boulder. Andrea’s work is exhibited widely both nationally and internationally.

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Esther Macy Nooner

Studio Coordinator, Photography and New Media

Esther Macy Nooner received her MFA in Studio Art from the University of Arkansas, School of Art. She has participated in Artist in Residencies in the National Park System, shown work nationally and internationally and is currently the Studio Coordinator for Photography and New Media at Anderson Ranch Arts Center.

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Anderson Ranch Campus

Upcoming Workshops

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    Open to All

    Students of any skill and knowledge level.

  • Innovation Studio

    Virtual Workshop, learn from the comfort of your own home.

Nov 6 - 7, 2021
9AM - 12PM, 2 - 5PM

VIRTUAL WORKSHOP: Lightroom Intensive

Nigel French

Tuition $595
Code P44W02-21

Searching for a better working knowledge of Adobe Lightroom Classic? In this hands-on, comprehensive workshop, photographer and graphic designer Nigel French walks participants through the essentials of Lightroom Classic, the photo editing and image management application that photographers have relied on for over a decade. Students learn how to organize their images and how to bring out the best in their photographs using Lightroom’s powerful, yet user-friendly, editing tools. This workshop gives students the confidence to take control of their photography practice through an efficient workflow and a wealth of real-world editing techniques.

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    Open to All

    Students of any skill and knowledge level.

Jan 3 - 21, 2022
Monday-Friday, 9AM-5PM*

Facilitated Studio Practice: Photography & New Media

Esther Macy Nooner

Tuition $3,000
Code ZSP0101-22

Anderson Ranch’s Facilitated Studio Practice approach provides artists the opportunity to work on independent projects while receiving regular one-on-one mentoring and critique sessions with Anderson Ranch artistic staff and interns. Each participant receives an assigned studio space, orientation and access to equipment, as well as five hours of weekly technical guidance in the Ranch’s state-of-the-art facilities. This program affords artists the experience enjoyed by national and international artists who access our state-of-the-art studios. Participants may expand their practices, take artistic risks, try new media or complete works for exhibition. Applicants must submit project proposals or portfolios for approval. A limited number of participants will be accepted and rigorous health and safety standards, as well as social distancing requirements, must be followed. *Studios are open 24 hours a day and on weekends for students enrolled in multiple weeks, with limited use of equipment due to safety requirements. Evening monitoring hours are Tuesdays & Thursdays, 7 – 9 PM. Facilitated Studio Practice winter sessions run January 3-21 and participants may register for one, two or all three weeks. Cost is $1,000 per week.  Private dorm rooms are available at Anderson Ranch for one, two or three weeks for an additional fee; please inquire for details and availability. Contact Liz Ferrill to apply: lferrill@andersonranch.org  

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    Open to All

    Students of any skill and knowledge level.

Jan 3 - 21, 2022
9AM – 5PM

Mixed Media Collage

Leslie Shows

Tuition $1,950
Code JANSTU2022D

Join this exciting January intensive workshop to merge photography, painting, collage and digital fabrication technologies. We explore contemporary examples of layered mixed media work and delve into formal as well as technical approaches for combining diverse imagery to create a unique visual language. The class combines structured projects with individually-directed works, one-on-one critiques with the instructor, and group feedback. In addition to working in analog collage and painting processes, students use vector drawings and digital images to create shapes, stencils and image transfers with CNC, laser cutting and digital printing on various substrates. The workshop takes place in the wood loft and makes use of the photography/new media labs as well as the FabLab so that students can explore many possibilities for making dynamic and multilayered imagery. The instructor will be present from 9AM - 12PM each day and students will work independently in the afternoons. Students will have additional access to the Digital Fabrication and Photography & New Media studios during monitor hours on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7-9PM.

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