Reuben Radding
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Street Photography Workshop: Music Over Truth (April/May 2021)


Richard Hugo said that every poet comes to the endeavor of writing with one of two attitudes, either that "music must conform to truth," or that "truth must conform to music." For photographers it's the same. With our material and subject matter already provided to us by the "real" world, our perceptions and allegiances to what we think we know can often get in the way of the musicality in our photographs. Notions of documentary fact, or conceptual premeditation can rob us of our ability to find the new kinds of pictures we crave. In this six-week workshop for all levels of experience we'll use the practice of street photography (however you define it) to discover and prioritize the things we really have going for us as individual photographers: our unconscious tendencies, obsessions, and responses.

Through weekly presentations, assignments, and group editing, we'll make and share new work, and together we'll explore what makes our photographs stronger, more personal, and more musical, whether you've been shooting for years, or just getting started. Participants will all be expected to have at least a basic working knowledge of whatever camera they plan to use, and are able to edit and transfer their images by computer each week.

This six-week class will meet on four Tuesdays in April (6th, 13th, 20th, 27th), and two Tuesdays in May, (4th, 11th) each from 6-9pm (Eastern US), and is limited to 6 participants. Reserve your space today by choosing the option (below) to pay a 50% deposit.* One may also choose to pay in full up-front. The group meetings will take place entirely on Zoom.

Some recent student testimonials:

"Reuben’s cross disciplinary approach which synthesizes his passion for imagery with a love of music and philosophy resonated strongly for me in choosing to participate in this workshop, the theory of which delivered richly in its execution into practice. In applying the theory to intense, iterative critique sessions of work produced weekly by participants and by Reuben, as well as to historical foundational photographic work of others, the workshop had a holistic, collaborative feel in which I felt fully immersed. Most importantly, the theory uncovered a new vocabulary in my vision and photographic approach, and I have come away from the experience with both a firm belief that I have advanced my craft in a meaningful way and a satisfying body of work produced during the course of the workshop." -Alfred B, New York, NY
“Taking the class was one of my best decisions - Reuben is highly skilled at teaching in a warm environment, imbuing his lengthy knowledge on others to make them better - to open their eyes to what’s possible. I highly recommend Reuben’s class to anyone from a beginner to professional that just wants to expand their creative eye and learn new ideas and how the environment affects their art.” -Rebecca M, Los Angeles, CA
"What a great experience, on so many levels! ...a wonderful conversation in images among photographers sharing a common interest and enthusiasm but communicating their visions in unique ways. Reuben is the perfect facilitator and guru- sharing his own work from the week with us and offering wise critique and enthusiasm, all in the spirit of mutual learning. Highly recommended!" -Mark C, Atlanta, GA
Reuben Radding is a photographer, musician, writer, and teacher based in New York City whose photos have been published in the New York Times, Rolling Stone, Hamburger Eyes, Financial Times, Maxim, High Times, and many other publications, and has been exhibited widely in North America and Europe. Radding earned his MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College, and has taught workshops at New York University, SOCAPA, The New York Institute of Photography, and in his own private studio.

*balance due one week from start date of class.

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