Aaron Schuman: Powers of observation

25 April 2020 @ 10:00 – 26 April 2020 @ 18:00
via Medardo Rosso
19 - Milan

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photo by A. Schuman, from ITALOGAZE






Micamera, 25+26 April 2020













At present I am preoccupied with sense-impressions to which no book or picture can do justice. The truth is that, in putting my powers of observation to the test, I have found a new interest in life. How far will my scientific and general knowledge take me: Can I learn to look at things with clear, fresh eyes? How much can I take in at a single glance? Can the grooves of old mental habits be effaced? This is what I am trying to discover .

– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Italian Journey, 1786-1788

In this workshop, the American artist, writer and curator, Aaron Schuman, will begin by presenting an extensive Artist Talk about his own approach to photography and photographic projects – he will explore how expansive research, various histories (photographic, personal and otherwise), collected ephemera, acute observation, “sense-impressions”, intuition, imagination, spontaneity and happenstance collectively fuel and inspire his practice. This will help participants to consider and connect more deeply to their own practice – and more specifically, to their own creative process – and to consider their work in relation to research, experience and expanded contexts.

Schuman will then walk the participants through his exhibition, ITALOGAZE (opening: 24th April 2020 at Micamera), and explore the ideas, images, inspirations and intentions behind this particular body of work in great depth. This will be followed by an intensive group discussion about the exhibition itself, and more generally, in relation to the wide range of ideas presented in the Artist Talk.
On the following day, there will be a group Portfolio Review – each participant with have the opportunity to show and have a feedback on a selected body of their work (ideally a project that is currently in progress) and Schuman, along with the entire group of participants, will give feedback and advice, help to define and strengthen each participant’s project or work-in-progress, and help to identify and clarify each participant’s unique process, vision and purpose.

The workshop will take place on Saturday and Sunday, April 25 and 26 from 10am to 6pm
at Micamera, in via Medardo Rosso, 19 – Milan, Italy.
maximum number of students: 13
cost: 270€ (+VAT)
to join or receive information please write to Giulia Zorzi / giulia@micamera.com / +39 335 6817 917 / +39 02 4548 1569


AARON SCHUMAN is an American photographer, writer and curator based in the United Kingdom. Schuman’s photographic work is exhibited and published internationally, and is held in a number of public and private collections. His latest monograph, SLANT (MACK, 2019), was cited as one of 2019’s “Best Photobooks” by numerous photographers, critics and publications, including The Guardian, Internazionale, American Suburb X, Photoeye (Jason Fulford / Rebecca Norris Webb), Photobookstore Magazine (Vanessa Winship / Mark Power / Robin Titchener), UpPhotographers (Gus Powell), and Deadbeat Club Press (Raymond Meeks / Brad Feuerhelm).
He is also the author of FOLK (NB Books, 2016) – s– which was cited as one of 2016’s “Best Photobooks” by Alec Soth (Photoeye), Sean O’Hagan (The Guardian), and Jason Fulford (TIME), and was long-listed for the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2017. In addition to his own photographic work, Schuman has contributed texts to many books including Aperture Conversations: 1985 to the Present (Aperture, 2018), Another Kind of Life: Photography on the Margins (Prestel, 2018), Alec Soth: Gathered Leaves (MACK, 2015), Vision Anew (University of California Press, 2015), The Photographer’s Playbook (Aperture, 2014); he also regularly writes for magazines such as Aperture, Foam, Frieze, Hotshoe, The British Journal of Photography and more.

Additionally, Schuman has curated several major exhibitions, including New American Documents – Gregory Halpern, Sam Contis, Bayete Ross Smith (FOMU, Anversa, 2016), In Appropriation (Houston Center for Photography, 2012), Other I: Alec Soth, WassinkLundgren, Viviane Sassen (Hotshoe Gallery, Londra, 2011) e Whatever Was Splendid: New American Photographs (FotoFest, 2010).

In 2014, Schuman served as Chief Curator of Krakow Photomonth, and in 2018 served as Curator of JaipurPhoto Festival. Schuman was the founder and editor of SeeSaw Magazine (2004-2014), and is currently Programme Leader of the MA Photography programme at the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol). For more information please visit his website here.