Ascension of Black Stillness
Curated by Stacey Robinson
Friday, September 17, 2021 @ 5:00pm-8:00pm
September 17–December 3, 2021
A 2-Day Class
Thursdays, October 21 & 28
Designed specifically for beginner photographers, this course will walk you through the essentials of how to use your digital mirrorless/SLR camera and all the key functions.
You will learn photography tips about everything from shutter speed to aperture, depth of field to ISO. You will get a primer on how to compensate for bad lighting and how to compose your shot for maximum effect and better photos. By the end of the course, you‚ will be ready to take your photography skills to the next level and continue your education with a more advanced photography course.
This class will help you:
CEPA Learning Center
Thursday, October 21 & 28
6:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.
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Check out the description below to learn more about the teaching artist for this workshop.
A 3-Day Class
October 25, Nov. 1 & 8
Portfolio development for students and emerging artists: If you need a portfolio to get into college, get a job or to start putting together exhibitions, this class will help you. Activities will consist of choosing the work, photographing it, editing in photoshop and creating the format needed for your particular application or purpose.
CEPA Gallery Education Center
This workshop is limited to 8 participants
October 25, Nov. 1 & 8 6:00pm-8:00pm
A 1-Day Class
Come to CEPA in pairs (regardless of your Facebook relationship status) and learn to take cute and quick phone pictures that flatter your model! This intimate workshop for two includes phone portrait photography instruction and a glass of wine each.
This workshop is limited to 3 couples
Ascension of Black Stillness, Black Existence and Exploration Through The Disruption of Still Photography
An Exhibition of Black Hope, Alternate Realities, and Parallel Universes Curated by Stacey Robinson
● Perfect bound : 93 pages full color
● ISBN: 978-1-939026-16-3
● Product Dimensions : 8.5 x 11 inches
● Publisher : CEPA Gallery 2021
● Language : English
● ISBN: 978-1-939026-05-7
Exhibition publication from Wild Things: Disrupting the Photographic Archive in the Time of a Pandemic (2020) explores the polarity between the mechanical realism of the camera and chance expressionism of time, nature, and the maker’s hand that liberates photo-based images from their formal literalness and launches them into surprising territory.
By dispensing with the classic notion of a frozen photographic moment, wild things happen.
● Spiral bound : 75 pages full color
● ISBN 978-0-939784-34-9
● Product Dimensions : 11 x 8.5 inches
● Publisher : CEPA Gallery (2020)
● Language : English
Through photography, combat veterans explore their journey back from war. Thirty-seven veterans participated in The Odyssey Workshops, a year long collaborative photography project led by artist Brendan Bannon and Marine Scout/Sniper Julian Chinana. This book explores the endless journey home from war in images that reveal the veterans’ challenges and victories over circumstances.
“There is anguish here, and joy, resilience, pain and courage, and experimentation of all sorts with form in the pursuit of discoveries that might make lives better, or at least more vividly real. Here we witness an odyssey of self-introspection, of battles fought and those still being fought. And they resonate.”
~Fred Ritchin, Dean Emeritus, International Center of Photography
“This is one of the great photo books about the experience of war, one like no other. Every contributor to Odyssey|Warriors Come Home has been there, on the ground. They all came back, bearing memories and deep feelings. These photographs tell us what words could not. They tell us what it was like to have been the warrior, the care-giver, and the person back home when there are no words to express what happened.”
SUNY Distinguished Professor & James Agee Professor of American Culture
Co-director, SUNY Buffalo Creative Arts Initiative
● Soft bound : 176 pages full color
● ISBN 978-0-939784-35-6
● Product Dimensions : 10 x 9/16 x 8 inches
● Publisher : CEPA Gallery (December 2020)
● Language : English
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