Four photographic workshops led by Charter Weeks

A work of art should teach us that we have not seen what we’ve been looking at.”

Paul Valéry

These workshops are intended to help us all hone our vision and sharpen our eye so that we become increasingly able to isolate images that we may have previously missed or ignored. 

To that end we will undertake a structured series of projects that will give us the opportunity to take a single-minded idea and look for iterations/variations in the world we encounter. We will also have an opportunity to challenge ourselves in the process of photographing strangers. And finally we will pick a subject that interests us and document it in a way that reflects our personal or pictorial intimacy with the subject.

Each workshop will include consideration of one or more relevant photographers from the mid 1800s to the present.

Workshop Particulars

  • The emphasis will not be on equipment. You may use any camera you are familiar with as long as you are able to present your work as prints.
  • You should be prepared to present your work in an atmosphere of open criticism on the assumption that we are here to help each other.
  • You should be prepared to discuss how you approached the projects and what discoveries you made.
  • All participants will receive an archival quality print of their choice at the culmination of the workshops.


April 4, 11, 18, & 25

Times: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. A simple lunch will be provided (BYOB) and from 12:00-1:00 you may take the opportunity to visit with each other and/or wander about in our beautiful woods.

COST: $375 for all 4 consecutive Saturdays. No partial enrollment.

LOCATION: Community Building on Lois Lane, Barrington, NH. Ample parking.

CANCELLATION POLICY:  Full refund up to 30 days before first session.   

WAITING LIST: Maximum participants: 10, Minimum: 6
When the workshop schedule is full, you may ask to be put on the waiting list by e-mailing me directly at and will be contacted should a spot become available.

PAYMENT METHODS: Check (made out to Charter Weeks and mailed to PO Box 203; Barrington, NH 03825)  or PayPal

Participants are asked to bring two images to the first workshop

  • An image that you regard as one of your strongest pictures
  • An image that speaks to something about yourself




A brief explanation of how the workshops will be structured.


Each participant will present their two images, followed by group comments and questions.

My comments on the work, both individually and in general.

New Assignment

  • Repetitive patterns
  • Monochromatic images
  • Abstractions


Photographers in history


You will present your responses to the assignments (bring no more than three prints) and discuss your experiences and the impact on your “seeing.” Shared response from the group (15 minutes per person).

New Assignment

Photographing Strangers

I will present some of my own work related to this assignment and provide guidance on how to proceed in different environments and circumstances.


Photographers in history


You will present your response to assignment #2 (bring no more than 4 images) and discuss your experiences with this challenging assignment. Discuss the impact of your “seeing.” Shared response from the group (15-20 minutes per person).

New Assignment

Using Photography as Documentation:

  • Documentary photography’s role in preserving the past and its impact on social and cultural matters.
  • Choosing a subject
  • The role of editing for a successful story

Since it’s not uncommon for documentary photographs to be accompanied by text, you are invited to bring a two paragraph accompanying text.


Photographers in history


You will present your responses to assignment #3 (bring 5 or 6 images). You will describe the context of your project and how you arrived at your story. You will indicate the number of images you created and explain your editing decisions. If you choose, you may bring two of the images in black and white and discuss the impact of color vs black and white and why you consider one or the other as the stronger presentation. (15-20 minutes per person).

At the conclusion of the final session, you are invited to my nearby home for snacks and libations and a chance to enjoy our experience.