Kent series

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From a series on 475 Kent. My building in Brooklyn has tales to tell. Check out @oliweirdtwist IG Stories for some workshop behind the scenes.

Gabi

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Gabi Perez is sliced by a piece of late afternoon light in my New York studio . She’s running the show at my photo workshop running all next week. Hence an afternoon prep and check. These New York workshop weeks always border on out of control. In a good way. Artists can’t be boxed. Must work the edges. That’s what I do in my life and work and mentoring. I view each workshop group as a whole new piece of clay. To be shaped totally dependent on who THEY are. My only job is to get them fired up. I don’t seek clones. I seek new voices. I think we will try to put the results online. Also keep your eye on Snapchat and IG Stories for a taste of the process.

Beach Road

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Beach road. Salvo, Outer Banks NC.

Bangkok

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I’m taking you with me via Instagram Stories on my journey in a few days to New York for my week long loft workshop. That’s always an adventure. Then to Sharja/Dubai UAE for my exhibition. Then to Bangkok ( photo here)for a Magnum workshop. See Magnum Photos website, EVENTS. So I’m still on my front porch ( see IG Stories) yet not for long. This is the sweetest weather of the year here and I’m leaving. Well I long ago realized it was very hard to be everywhere at once. Always tough choices. Come see me NYC or Sharja or Bangkok workshop. Or I’m back outer banks by end of November most likely. I want to finish shooting my BeachGames book in Thailand. These dancers backstage in Bangkok were part of my essay Dream Hotel. @magnumphotos #bangkok

Window

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A warm afternoon breeze flows through my New York studio. This will be the scene for my next photo workshop September 25-30. This is my second and last workshop in New York for 2016. We’ve got one space left for potential admission. Portfolio review and Facetime interview with me required. My goal with the NYC classes is to have students shooting their individual essays as well as being introduced to top curators, editors and iconic pro photographers alike. Link in my profile here. It works. The NY loft workshops always rock it. I try to do only 4 workshops per year in various parts of the world ( next is Bangkok) but the New York class is always one to remember. The whole point of my mentoring is to help photographers find their visual “voice”. This isn’t easy and not for the feint of heart. Yet in the world of photography today absolutely imperative IF you imagine publishing a book, getting a show, or receiving a top commission. Sure you can do all those things without mentoring. Some don’t need it. Yet most people need a push, a key, and a sense of who they really are as a creative person. I don’t teach from my past. I teach for NOW. I can only mentor if I’m also doing those very things many aspire to do. Can I guarantee your success? No of course not. Yet for those who really listen to my critique and shoot their heart out and push their freedom to the limit , they stand a very good chance. I certainly give the tools to do so. My former students have a great track record. We will produce a collaborative show at the end for special invited guests from New York photo land . If you can shoot with the best, you will be noticed by the best. A fresh breeze flows.