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 & 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

  • O

    Open to All

    Students of any skill and knowledge level.

Jun 7 - 11, 2021
9AM-5PM

Photographic Collage: an exploration of photography & painting

Kate Leonard

Tuition $1,155
Code P0101-21

Join an engaging exploration of the synthesis between two distinct art forms: photography and painting. Students discover transfer techniques that integrate photographic images and text directly onto painted surfaces, resulting in intriguingly layered works. Participants explore traditional collage and photomontage as well as master new methods that allow for opaque and translucent layers. Reductive methods, such as sanding and scraping, reveal the history of earlier photographic layers and suggest an archaeological approach to image development. The workshop emphasizes experimentation and exploratory approaches. Students produce a portfolio of physical examples of all techniques. A SECOND SESSION OF THIS WORKSHOP IS AVAILABLE FROM AUGUST 9-13. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

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    Level I

    Students are new to photography and new media and have no formal training in photography, video, multimedia or animation. Students have basic computer literacy.

  • II

    Level II

    Photography students have a basic understanding of photography principles and technology and are comfortable using an SLR camera in manual mode. New Media students have a basic understanding of video, multimedia or animation software. Students have basic computer skills and are comfortable using a Macintosh computer.

Jun 7 - 11, 2021
9AM-5PM

Photography 101

Accra Shepp

Tuition $985
Code P0102-21

Discover the limitless possibilities of digital photography while immersing yourself in the scenic beauty of Colorado. Whether new to the digital landscape or a seasoned photographer looking to enhance your skill set, this workshop delves into the techniques and concepts of digital photography and composition. Learn creative picture-making and editing while achieving a thorough understanding of optimal camera controls for various shooting styles. Instruction includes apertures, shutters, equivalent exposures, using available light, portraiture and conceptual topics. Let the natural beauty of the Roaring Fork Valley inspire you to grow your vision and explore the possible meanings of the landscape in an energetic and supportive learning atmosphere.

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  • II

    Level II

    Photography students have a basic understanding of photography principles and technology and are comfortable using an SLR camera in manual mode. New Media students have a basic understanding of video, multimedia or animation software. Students have basic computer skills and are comfortable using a Macintosh computer.

  • III

    Level III

    Photography students have some formal training and significant experience making, capturing and digitally processing images using Adobe Lightroom and/or Adobe Photoshop. New Media students have some formal training in conceptual and technological aspects of video, multimedia, coding or animation and are versed in the appropriate software applications. Students have a portfolio of their artwork.

Jun 14 - 18, 2021
9AM-5PM

The Intimate Portrait

Jess T Dugan

Tuition $1,195
Code P0203-21

This workshop is an immersion into the compelling and intimate art of portraiture. The best portraits are often as much a reflection of the maker as they are of the subject, and in this course, students take a closer look at what transforms a simple photograph into an evocative portrait. Participants focus on the primary elements of compelling portraiture: composition, lighting, subject, pose, gesture and environment. The course also addresses strategies for working with subjects and methods for making emotionally resonant artworks.

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