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.

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Anderson Ranch is happy to extend a 20% tuition discount* in one- and two-week adult Summer Workshops for SPE members and Center for Fine Art Photography members. Please register online and then email [email protected] 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 and Center for Fine Art Photography 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

  • O

    Open to All

    Students of any skill and knowledge level.

Jun 24 - 28, 2024
9AM - 5PM

Generative Collage: Exploring your Creative Practice with Code

Chelly Jin

Tuition $1,195
Code P0408-24

This class introduces basic to intermediate creative coding concepts to add or amplify experimental programming in your existing art practice. Throughout this course, we reflect on your current practice through writing prompts and photography exercises, developing a narrative or personal project. Each day, we explore various modes of generative and interactive artmaking: generative digital drawing, generative sound, interactive performance with machine learning, and combining these together to make "digital collages," all while meditating on and folding in your interests. In this methodology, creative coding acts as a mediator between participants, the artist and the technology - together, composing novel experience.

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  • 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 24 - 28, 2024
9AM - 5PM

What About Love?

Elinor Carucci, David Hilliard

Tuition $1,195
Code P0409-24

Our best photographs are often inspired by immensely emotional, physical, or psychological pulls within our lives. In photographing people, places, and even objects that we are intimately acquainted with or drawn to, we are better able to communicate a more profound and specific level of understanding of it through the camera’s lens. These intense feelings are the gateway to emotionally resonant pictures. These longings can inspire and inform many working methodologies—a narrative story, a personal journal, a documentary, a visual poem, self-portraiture, and more. Many of us shy away from addressing “the emotional” within our images, but in this workshop, participants are encouraged to embrace these feelings. Students work on enhancing and informing their vision and style while delving deeper into the emotions and nuances of life, experiences, surroundings, and how they coalesce into photographic imagery.

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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.

Jul 1 - 5, 2024
9AM - 5PM

Alternative Digital Printing

Craig Stevens

Tuition $1,295
Code P0511-24

Prepare for a major paradigm shift and uncover the possibilities of alternative digital printing. This workshop debunks the suspicion that digital printmaking lacks the flexibility of its predecessors and expands on the notions of what digital printmaking can be. Participants examine new possibilities to create custom printable substrates, such as coating a rag fine art paper with Ink Aid or Golden Digital Grounds, creating digital skins that can be attached to a variety of surfaces. Print onto film and transfer the images to paper, metal, and plexiglass. The result of the week’s work is an expanded idea of what digital prints can be and uncovering an almost limitless range of possibilities of what individual imagery can become.

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