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% Summer Workshop tuition discount 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.

Andrea Jenkins Wallace

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

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

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 the Artist-in-Residence program 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. Preferred Pronouns: She/Her

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Anderson Ranch Campus

Upcoming Workshops

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    Open to All

    Students of any skill and knowledge level.

Jun 6 - 10, 2022
9AM-5PM

Photographic Collage: An Exploration of Photography and Painting

Kate Leonard

Tuition $1,275
Code P0101-22

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.

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    Open to All

    Students of any skill and knowledge level.

Jun 13 - 17, 2022
9AM-5PM

Photography 101

Benjamin Timpson

Tuition $1,175
Code P0203-22

This workshop starts at and expands upon the basics of Digital SLR exposure, editing in Adobe Lightroom, essential digital asset management and printing. Topics include an introduction to composition, light and color applications in photography. There is a strong emphasis on developing the ability to communicate ideas effectively through the photographic medium. Students also learn to speak about photographic works analytically, formally and conceptually. Throughout, students are introduced to historic and contemporary photographic work. Workshop assignments focus on photography as a form of visual communication as well as allowing students the chance to hone their creative and technical skills.

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    Open to All

    Students of any skill and knowledge level.

Jun 13 - 17, 2022
9AM-5PM

Introduction to Documentary Filmmaking

Mike Shum

Tuition $995
Code P0232-22

Documentary filmmaking can serve as a unique intersection between art and journalism. Throughout the week, students explore concepts and references that help reimagine the way we see film, nonfiction, journalism, art and time. Topics covered include video capture, cinematography, the choice of camera settings. ISO, aperture, color temperature, shutter speed, frame rate, and lens selection. We discuss the basics of filmmaking language and visual storytelling. Students gain the fundamental skills to work proficiently with DSLR and Mirrorless cameras in the field as well as a better understanding the of the ways we can use the moving image to express thoughts and ideas.

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