Barbara Bosworth: Night Skies and Some Fireflies

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


Workshop Schedule

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 -12:30 pm student present their work made the previous evening for critique

12:30-1:30pm lunch

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





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



February 23, 11am

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. 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.


MARK STEINMETZ: Darkroom Printing

January 11-13, 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.



MIKE SMITH & BALDWIN LEE: 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.