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 24-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.

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.

Anderson Ranch is happy to extend a 20% tuition discount* in one- and two-week adult Summer Workshops for SPE members. Please register online and then email reg@andersonranch.org with your membership information and we will make the adjustment once you are in the system. You are also welcome to call 970-924-5089 to register. *Please note that the SPE discount does not apply to The Center / Advanced Mentored Studies program, nor can it be combined with any other discount, scholarship or special offer. 

Andrea Jenkins Wallace

Vice President of Artistic Affairs, Artistic Director of Photography and New Media

After completing an undergraduate degree in Communications Media, Andrea Jenkins Wallace received her M.F.A. from the University of Colorado Boulder. Before coming to the Ranch in 2008, she worked for over ten years in academia, holding tenure track appointments at Lake Forest College and Willamette University. She is often an invited speaker to colleges and universities including Pratt Institute, the University of Denver and the University of South Florida. She has also been a featured speaker at the Denver Art Museum and the Stonewall National Museum. In 2021, Wallace co-taught a class entitled Photography, Race and Gender at Colorado College. Her film, Rochell and Brian, a documentary about teenage pregnancy, premiered at the New York International Independent Film Festival. She exhibits nationally and internationally with numerous shows throughout the Americas, Europe, China and the Middle East. Preferred Pronouns: She/Her

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Esther Macy Nooner

Workshop Program Manager; Studio Coordinator of 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 the artist-in-residence program in the National Park System, and most recently at the Burren College of Art in Ballyvaughan, Ireland. She has 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.

Jun 3 - 7, 2024
9PM - 5PM

Photographic Collage: An Exploration of Photography & Painting

Kate Leonard

Tuition $1,275
Code P0102-24

This class offers 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, and 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.

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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 3 - 7, 2024
9AM - 5PM

Explore and Capture: Travel Photography

Pei Ketron

Tuition $1,195
Code P0101-24

Students expand their photographic prowess and cater to their adventurous sides in this workshop that elevates their work above the status quo of travel photography. We closely examine the combination of technical expertise, cultural competence, intuitive awareness, curiosity, and personal spirit required to be a successful travel photographer—always with adaptability in mind. The beautiful Aspen and surrounding areas provide the ideal environment for our work as we embark on field trips and explore a broad spectrum of natural environments, dramatic locations, and sensational backdrops. *Please note that students use Lightroom, not Lightroom Classic

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    Open to All

    Students of any skill and knowledge level.

Jun 10 - 14, 2024
9AM - 5PM

Photography 101

Max Labelle

Tuition $1,195
Code P0203-24

This workshop starts at and expands upon the basics of digital exposure, editing in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop, digital file management, and the basics of digital inkjet printing. Topics include an introduction to digital cameras, file management, light and color, digital editing, and the creation of a beautiful final print. Students learn how to communicate their ideas through a photograph, and speak about and understand essential concepts in photography. Throughout, students are introduced to important historic and contemporary photographic work and photobooks. Workshop assignments hone a student’s ability to communicate with photographs, as well as improve on their technical and organizational skill.

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