Based on a true story _ workshop with Gus Powell

2 April 2016 @ 10:00 – 3 April 2016 @ 18:00
Micamera - lens based arts
Via Medardo Rosso
19, 20159 Milano
300 / 250€
Giulia Zorzi o Flavio Franzoni
+39 3356817917 / +39 0245481569

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Gus Powell, We are here to make you happy - from the series The Lonely Ones, 2015

A Workshop with Gus Powell

You see an actor, you see a rhinoceros. You prefer the rhinoceros of course.
– Philippe Gaulier

In this workshop Gus Powell will explore the narrative and poetic potential of photography and the photobook.  He will discuss making images that come out of a tradition of street photography, that are then used to make work and books that embrace both the universal and the ambiguous in equal measure.
Finding inspiration in unexpected histories and heroes, bringing out humor that lies at the bottom of the human experience, unleashing emotions, using language to elevate rather than explain an image, and getting into trouble: these are the virtues that Powell will examine in his lecture which will explore how image, text, and design can work together.
The workshop will focus on the presentation of Powell’s work: the inspiration and creation of the projects, the books and their maquettes, the realization of the video trailer, his work for The New Yorker, and his ongoing practice as a street photographer.
The workshop will include a portfolio review and an assignment to the students. Gus Powell’s exhibition The Lonely Ones will open at Micamera on March 31st.

images from the series Lunch Pictures 1998 – 2007 (published as The Company of Strangers)
and from the series The Lonely Ones (book released in 2015)

maximum 13 students
when: Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd April / 10am – 1pm and  2 – 6pm
cost: 300€ / 250€ for our students
info: associazione@micamera.it / +39 02 4548 1569 / +39 335 6817917

the workshop is in English


Gus Powell was born in New York City in 1974 and attended Oberlin College where he majored in comparative religion. In 2003 he was selected to be in PDNs 30 under 30 issue and also published his first monograph, The Company of Strangers (J&L Books). That work, like The Lonely Ones, took its inspiration from another book, Frank O’Hara’s Lunch Poems.  Powell’s work has been exhibited internationally, including a solo show at The Museum of The City of New York and group exhibitions at The Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Fine Arts Houston and FOAM, NL.
His photographs have been published in Aperture, Harpers, Vogue, M le mag – Le Monde, Wired, Fortune and W, and he has been a regular contributor to The New Yorker magazine for a decade. He is a member of the street photographers’ collective In-Public and is faculty in the MFA Photography, Video and Related Media Department at the School of Visual Arts, NY. His work is included in the books Bystander: A World History of Street Photography and Street Photography Now.

Gus Powell
J&L Books
Micamera Bookstore