Letters to the Editor

Matthew Connors & Curran Hatleberg

November 15-17, 2019 sold out, waiting list available below

This November The Humid hosts Matthew Connors and Curran Hatleberg, who are teaming up to teach Letters to the Editor. This workshop is a rare opportunity to share your images and ideas with two exciting photographers, who are also excellent teachers. Through group critique, editing and sequencing exercises, and by offering insight into their own approaches, Matt and Curran will help participants refine their process and give shape to a body of work. All photo related approaches and backgrounds are welcome.

Maximum students: 12 Tuition: $500; $400 for current students and recent grads (one year out). Contact us with need based situations.


Friday, Nov 15, 7pm introductory evening presentations & pizza

Saturday, Nov 16, 9:30am: light breakfast, coffee; 10am critiques; 12:30-1:30 lunch; 1:30-4pm critiques

Saturday, Nov 16, 7pm: public artist discussion with CH & MC

Sunday, Nov 17, 9:30am: light breakfast, coffee, critiques/other topics; 12:30-1:30 lunch; 1:30-4pm CH & MC share more work

Cancellation policy:

Full refund (minus credit card fees) if you must cancel your spot 30 days before workshop (before Oct. 15)

50% refund (minus credit card fees) if you must cancel your spot 15 days before workshop (before Nov 1)

MATTHEW CONNORS uses photography to interrogate the frictions between states and their citizens, and understand the relationship between collectives and individuals within them. In recent years this has led him to embed himself in the Occupy movement in New York; haunt the periphery of revolutionary activity in Cairo; chart the legacy of revolutionary monuments in Cuba; glimpse the mechanisms of totalitarianism in North Korea; and track the paroxysms of protest after the 2016 United States presidential election. Rooted in these specific currents of history, his bodies of work create a new visual encyclopedia of recurrences, portraits, symbols, and simulacra. His lyrical yet methodical approach resonates with political documentary and street photography, but continually challenges and transforms these categories.

Matthew’s photographs have been exhibited in museums and galleries worldwide, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York, DOX Centre for Contemporary Art, Prague and Storefront for Art and Architecture, New York. His monograph Fire in Cairo (SPBH Editions) was awarded the 2016 ICP Infinity Award for best artist book. He has also been awarded the MacDowell Colony Fellowship, the Lightwork Artist-in-Residence Fellowship, and the Virginia Center for Creative Arts Fellowship. He received a BA in English Literature from the University of Chicago and a MFA in Photography from Yale University. He has taught in the Image Text Ithaca MFA Program, the Yale Photography MFA Program and in the Photography Department at the Massachusetts College of Art & Design where he has been a Professor since 2004. www.matthewconnors.com

CURRAN HATLEBERG’s photographs are products of his extensive travels around the United States. Following his intuition, he records his observations of America’s landscapes, towns, and people, fusing the traditions of documentary photography and portraiture. In each new place he spends time getting to know its people—sometimes briefly, sometimes for months at a time. The portraits result from these relationships, and those depicted are actively involved in his representation of them. In the resulting images seemingly quotidian scenes take on surreal qualities as he locates the inexplicable details within the everyday. Although Hatleberg’s photographs are recognizable as America, there is a dreamlike ambiguity about the exact settings or narratives, preventing us from reducing these moments to offhand assumptions and leaving us open to the subjects’ lives. The artist aims to use photography to undermine bias and forge understanding across difference and distance. (from the Whitney Biennale). 

Born in Washington, DC in 1982, Curran received his MFA from Yale in 2010. Most recently, his work was featured in the 2019 Whitney Biennale and has been shown at MASS MoCA, Higher Pictures and Fraenkel Gallery. He is the recipient of a 2015 Magnum Emergency Fund grant and a 2014 Aaron Siskind Foundation Individual Photographer’s Fellowship grant. His work has been published in Harpers, The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Vice and The Paris Review. Lost Coast, his first monograph, was released by TBW Books in fall 2016. Somewhere Someone, a collaborative artist book with Cynthia Daignault was released by Hassla Books in fall 2017. Curran has taught photography at numerous institutions, including Yale University and Cooper Union. He lives in Baltimore, MD. www.curranhatleberg.com


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Darkroom Printing

Mark Steinmetz

August 9-11, 2019

This workshop is designed to help students refine their black and white printing practice and will include hands on printing in Mark Steinmetz's darkroom, as well as critique and technical discussion at The Humid studio space nearby. We will meet on Friday evening to introduce ourselves and our work, look at and discuss black and white negatives and proper film development, and to prepare for Saturday's guided printing session. On Sunday we will flatten, spot, and discuss the prints. Students are expected to have darkroom experience; this is not an introductory course. Paper and chemistry provided (unless the student has a particular preference for paper). Limited to 3 students. Sold Out

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Night Skies and Some Fireflies

Barbara Bosworth

May 24 - 26, 2019

Image from Barbara Bosworth’s  The Heavens

Image from Barbara Bosworth’s The Heavens

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 teaches at the University of Georgia.

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


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 Smithsonian American Art Museum, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Denver Art Museum, Peabody Essex Museum, and many others. 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.

Learn more about Barbara in this video made by SF MOMA


Position & Condition

Irina Rozovsky & Mark Steinmetz

March 1-3, 2019

Photographers are constantly seeking to refine their stance and position towards their subject, and to understand the conditions of the shifting world they are portraying. Among the many questions that surface during critique, this workshop will consider one’s chosen subject matter and relationship to it. Teaching together for the first time, Mark and Irina will look closely at student work and share their own. They will offer guidance and direction, pulling from the experience of their own practice. The work of other photographers will be shown and discussed. This workshop invites students of all levels interested in developing their voice and outlook, with serious consideration towards the shaping of a body of work. Limited to 12 students.

Left: Irina Rozovsky; Right: Mark Steinmetz

Left: Irina Rozovsky; Right: Mark Steinmetz



Share your work in The Humid’s first portfolio review with Rose Marie Cromwell, Adam Pape, and Nelson Chan—three professional, award winning photographers involved in book publishing, editorial assignments, exhibiting, and photography education (full bios below). This is an invaluable chance to receive artistic feedback and professional advice in three personal, one-on-one conversations. Participants of all levels are invited to show prints, books, and/or digital formats for viewing. Adam, Rose, and Nelson are eager to see developing projects, as well as those ready for publication and will give guidance from personal experience and successes. The reviews will be held at The Humid in Athens, GA. Come back in the evening for a free talk by the artists, a book signing of their new monographs, and a reception. Date: February 23, 2019 Fee: $90 for three 25 minute reviews; $75 for students


Adam Pape (Brooklyn)


Adam is a photographer residing in Brooklyn. His first monograph Dyckman Haze was published by Mack in 2018. Adam received his MFA from Yale University and is a visiting lecturer in photography at Suny Purchase, New York. He has been commissioned to create vast photographic stories for The New Yorker and The Fader.


Rose Marie Cromwell (Miami)


Rose is a Miami based photographer whose first monograph El Libro Supremo de la Surte (The Supreme Book of Luck) was released to great acclaim in 2018 by TIS books and surmises 10 years of work made in Cuba. Rose is frequently commissioned by The New York Times, California Sunday Magazine, Harpers, Oxford American, The New Yorker, and Vice, among others. She is the winner of a Getty Reportage Grant and a Fulbright Scholar.


Nelson Chan (New York City)


Nelson is a graduate of the Hartford Art School MFA program and co-founder of the art book publishing house TIS books. He is also Production Manager at Aperture Foundation and oversees the printing of the foundation's book program. Rooted in his own experience of growing up between the United States and Hong Kong, Chan's own photographic work is based around the immigrant experience viewed through explorations of diaspora, (be)longing, labor, and sacrifice.

To Photograph the World


October 12-14, 2018

I have been thinking over all I learned and the fun I had with a smile on my face. The atmosphere was fresh and relaxed. I drove away invigorated. Thank you for opening your place to us and sharing your insights. You have given the photographic community a comfortable place to find guidance, creativity, and encouragement. I’m looking forward to what you all have in store for us. Tamara Reynolds

Not only was the workshop helpful in terms of my photography, it helped me to center and steady myself. I head back to work, refreshed and ready to help others. Karen Bullock

I enjoyed the informal atmosphere and the camaraderie. The feedback during the crits was honest and constructive and I have plenty to consider as I pursue my projects. The incorporation of the talk by Mike and Baldwin into the weekend was an added bonus - it's always good to hear the stories behind the images and hear about how a career in photography develops. Mark Caceres

About the workshop: The Humid’s debut workshop To Photograph the World is co-taught by the esteemed photographers of the American south, Mike Smith and Baldwin Lee.  Brilliant and energetic life-long teachers, Mike and Baldwin will bring unique perspectives to each student’s work and help give direction and clarity in the shaping of each body of work. The format of the workshop is personal and intensive, within a comfortable, casual environment. This is a rare opportunity to work closely with two treasured practitioners who have made significant contributions to the tradition of the lyrical documentary.

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Mike has been photographing in East Tennessee for nearly 40 years and is currently Professor Emeritus of East Tennessee State University. He is the author of the acclaimed book, You’re Not from Around Here and is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship (2001) and a United States Arts Lowe Fellowship (2011). His work is in numerous major collections including the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the San Francisco Museum of Art. Mike has representation in New York with the Yancey Richardson Gallery and in Atlanta with Jackson Fine Art.

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Baldwin is the recipient of many awards including two National Endowment for the Arts fellowship and a Guggenheim Fellowship. His work in is many collections including the Museum of Modern Art and the Yale University Art Gallery. He is a Professor Emeritus at The University of Tennessee-Knoxville and has studied with photographic masters Minor White and Walker Evans, and had been an assistant to Evans.