Barbara Bosworth: Night Skies and Some Fireflies

May 24-26, 2019


Join Barbara Bosworth for an extraordinary weekend exploring the tradition and practice of making photographs at night. Following on the wings of her most recent monograph The Heavens (Radius Books), Barbara will share with workshop students her poetic approach to the natural world and our celestial environment.  Students will receive feedback on their work, learn about artistic precedents, and glimpse into Barbara's rich practice. On Saturday evening, the class will set off on a photographic field trip, with dark skies and fireflies in attendance. It will surely be magical.

On Friday, May 24 Barbara will give a public artist talk, joined by Athens’ own Andrew Zawacki who will contribute a poetry reading. A pop-up book display by Dust Collective will also be present to show their line of handmade photo books.

Tuition: $400; $300 for students & recent grads

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Andrew Zawacki is the author of five poetry books: Unsun : f/11, due next year from Coach House; Videotape (Counterpath, 2013); Petals of Zero Petals of One (Talisman House, 2009); Anabranch (Wesleyan, 2004); and By Reason of Breakings (Georgia, 2002). A former Rhodes Scholar and Fulbright Scholar, he earned his doctorate from the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago. His work has appeared in Poems for Political DisasterLegitimate Dangers: American Poets of the New CenturyThe Iowa Anthology of New American PoetriesGreat American Prose PoemsThe Eloquent Poem, and other anthologies, as well as magazines such as The New YorkerThe Nation, and The New Republic. His translations of two poetry books by Sébastien Smirou, See About (La Presse / Fence, 2017) and My Lorenzo (Burning Deck, 2012), have earned him a National Endowment for the Arts Translation Fellowship, a French Voices Grant, and a grant from the Centre National du Livre. He currently teaches at the University of Georgia, where he directs the creative writing program.

Andrew will join Barbara for a poetry reading as part of her artist lecture on Friday evening, May 23rd.



Friday, May 24, 7pm Artist talk (open to the public) followed by book signings and reception where students will meet Barbara

Saturday, May 25 9:30am coffee & croissants

10am - 1pm critique: students share work with Barbara

1-2pm lunch

2-4pm Barbara presents work by photographers who shaped the traditions of nighttime photography

7pm we set out (carpool) to photoshoot destination

After the shoot students will prepare a few images to share the following morning. Those working in black and white film will be able to process film and scan, at an additional fee.  

Sunday, May 26 9:30am coffee & croissants

10am -12:30pm student present work made the previous evening

12:30-1:30pm lunch

1:30-3pm discussion of any questions that have come up


Barbara Bosworth is a photographer whose large-format images explore both overt and subtle relationships between humans and the rest of the natural world. Whether chronicling the efforts of hunters or bird banders or evoking the seasonal changes that transform mountains and meadows, Bosworth’s caring attention to the world around her results in images that similarly inspire viewers to look closely. Her single images display a generous attention to small facts, while her large-scale triptychs reveal a panoramic awareness, one that lets viewers glimpse relationships between frames across a wide field.

Bosworth’s publications include The Heavens (Radius Books, 2018); The Meadow (Radius Books, 2015); Natural Histories (Radius Books, 2013); Trees: National Champions (M.I.T. Press, 2005); and Chasing the Light (Nightwood Press, 2002). Bosworth’s work has been exhibited at The Denver Art Museum, Smithsonian American Art Museum, San Francisco Museum of Modern ArtMead Art Museum, Mt. Holyoke College Art Museum, New Britain American Art Museum, and Peabody Essex Museum. A recipient of multiple fellowships and grants, Bosworth’s awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, and a Kittredge Foundation Grant. Her work is represented in major collections including Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Center for Creative Photography, Cleveland Museum of Art, Houston Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of Modern Art, Peabody Essex Museum, Phoenix Art Museum, Princeton Art Museum, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and Smithsonian American Art Museum. Bosworth was born in Novelty, Ohio and currently lives in Massachusetts. She is Professor of Photography at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design.