July 21, 2006
GREG GORMAN MENDOCINO WORKSHOP – SPECIAL GUEST: MAC HOLBERT
August 20-25, 2006
An Unparalleled Photographic Experience
Delight your senses, hone your craft and maximize your technical expertise at the most unique photographic venue this August 2006 in Mendocino, California*. Immerse yourself in the secrets of the pros within a small intimate setting during a week-long workshop at Greg’s personal studio adjacent to his home. Nestled in the picturesque coast of the Pacific, the studio offers an amazing backdrop for photography students – redwood forests, vineyards, and the spectacular local sites of Northern California.
Indulging each attendee with a combination of digital photography and comfortable hospitality, Greg Gorman begins the week with an evening “meet and greet” dinner in his home cooked by Greg himself. The dinner provides a platform of intimacy within the small group setting and enables Greg to familiarize and focus on the individual student and his/her portfolio and experience.
Daily workshops offer opportunities to shoot in studio and on location and each student may choose to concentrate on his/her individual preference of portraits, nudes or locations. Evening entertainment includes two wine tastings and a final dinner prepared by renowned Chef Ueli.
Sessions feature both the expertise of Greg Gorman, plus one of his professional guests per quarterly workshop and provide:
• camera demos, including setup and download
• editing techniques
• color management training and tools for monitor calibration
• Photoshop® lessons
• fine art printing techniques
• actual printing of images for all students
• two models
• in-studio and location shoots
• gifts from workshop sponsors
• daily gourmet lunches prepared by Chef Ueli of Los Angeles fame
• two evening wine tastings presenting excellent vintages
• wrap-up dinner prepared by Chef Ueli with slideshow and presentation gifts
Students are required to bring:
• personal portfolio
• digital camera (power supply and battery)
• lap top computer with OSX or PC equivalent and a mouse
*Mendocino is located north of San Francisco/Oakland (the closest airports). The drive time from San Francisco/Oakland to Mendocino is three hours. We can offer hotel referrals and transportation suggestions.
Greg’s special guest for August is Mac Holbert, Nash Editions.
Mac co-founded Nash Editions with his partner Graham Nash of Crosby, Stills & Nash, who is also a photographer. Mac likes to say “it took a rock star with a hack saw and a $120,000 Iris printer to start the digital printing revolution”.
Mac and Graham were recently presented with the PMDA Visionary Award for “Inventing Digital Fine Art Printing” (see the PSN article).
Mac recently had a one man show at the Benham Gallery in Seattle, WA. You can see some of Mac’s personal work in this PSN article,
Shots from previous workshops
Interior of Greg’s studio
Greg lecturing on posing
Greg showing one of the models what he is capturing
On location along the coast
On location in the dunes
Adjusting lighting on location
Students during a lecture
Greg working with students
Relaxing at the end of the day in Greg’s house
A wine tasting
Greg in the kitchen
A group shot of Greg’s wine making friends
Sunset view in B&W
GREG GORMAN MENDOCINO WORKSHOP
Price of week-long workshop: $4250
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Albion River Inn – 707.937.1919
About Greg Gorman
(Excerpted from a commentary by Peter Weiermair, Director, The Rupertinum, Salzburg, Austria)
“Gorman is part of the classical tradition. During the 1970’s and 80’s, he concentrated heavily on details of facial features like eyes, etc. In recent years Gorman has attained the consummate mastery of light and lighting which also distinguishes the studio photography of Horst P. Horst, G. Hurrell, and George Platt Lynes. In Gorman’s studio portraits, the play of light lends faces and bodies to ethereal quality as if they glowed from within. His work looks back on a long tradition which has evolved from early 20th century fashion and portrait photography.
His photographs have the quality, a mark of all great portrait photograph, of allowing the subject to unfold his or her own personality in front of the lens. We should always bear in mind that photography began as alchemy, a magical process. Particularly in the field of portrait photography, where the here and now is caught and transfixed, it has retained that magical quality. Most of Gorman’s subjects are people in the public eye, actors, artists and architects, people in the public at large. We experience them only in films and in the icons of photographic illustration. They and their bodies are figments of our imagination in a modern mythology. Photography is the projection of a figure, evoked, it is true, by reality yet, like all photographs, these are, in reality, fiction.” –Peter Weiermair