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The Penumbra Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing workshops, education, lectures, and events to the worldwide photographic community. They aim to be a comprehensive resource for photographers of all levels and to promote the impact of photography on culture, history, and the arts.

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Photo Artists' Books

Penumbra Foundation @ Virtual Classroom

Discover the art of creating unique and engaging artist books in this 4-week course at Penumbra Foundation. Learn basic binding techniques, explore how to tie materials and structures to concepts, and receive valuable feedback on your work. Join us and unleash your creativity through the power of photo-based artist books.

$550

4 sessions

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With an Eternal Wing: Embodying Queer Histories in Photography

Penumbra Foundation @ Virtual Classroom

Embark on a transformative journey through the lens of queer history in photography. Explore the intertwined narratives of writing, performance, and visual storytelling, guided by an esteemed instructor deeply rooted in this legacy. Join a community of creatives, delving into personal narratives and emerging with a profound understanding of their place within the continuum of queer expression.

$412

6 sessions

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Anatomy of a Portrait

Penumbra Foundation @ Virtual Classroom

Discover the history and techniques behind the art of portrait photography in this online workshop. Through discussions, assignments, and readings, you'll delve into the philosophy of portraiture and learn how to capture the essence of your subjects through the lens. Uncover the secrets of this art form and elevate your skills with the guidance of industry experts at Penumbra Foundation.

$565

7 sessions

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An Introductory Workflow using Lightroom and Photoshop

Penumbra Foundation @ Virtual Classroom

Unlock the full potential of your photographs with an immersive course at the Penumbra Foundation. Discover the secrets of Lightroom and Photoshop as you learn to optimize your editing workflow and create stunning images like a pro. Don't miss this opportunity to streamline your editing process and take your photography skills to new heights.

$278

4 sessions

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How to Write an Artist Statement

Penumbra Foundation @ Virtual Classroom

Learn to effectively communicate the concepts and processes behind your artwork through the power of words. This course at Penumbra Foundation will equip you with the skills to craft a compelling artist statement, ensuring that your work is contextualized and understood by funders, galleries, and the public. Say goodbye to writer's block and share your artistic vision with the world.

$365

2 sessions

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DIY Developers

Penumbra Foundation @ Virtual Classroom

Discover the artistry of homemade black-and-white film developers in this immersive online workshop. Uncover the secrets of caffenol, mint, and wine concoctions alongside other household ingredients, as you delve into their transformative effects on negative emulsion. Through hands-on experimentation and expert guidance, unlock new dimensions of creative expression in analog photography, all while fostering a safer and more sustainable practice.

$485

4 sessions

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Anthotypes & Other Organic Processes II

Penumbra Foundation @ Virtual Classroom

Take your organic photography skills to the next level in this advanced course at Penumbra Foundation. Dive into accelerated lumens and learn techniques such as cyanolumens and surface silvering out. Connect with plant material and explore the least toxic ways of working in this four-week journey of artistic exploration.

$570

4 sessions

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Ziatype

Penumbra Foundation @ Virtual Classroom

Learn the innovative Ziatype printing process, a variation on palladium, at the Penumbra Foundation. Discover how to control tone and contrast through sensitizer adjustments and create stable prints with a wide tonal range. Gain a deeper understanding of this versatile technique for producing unique and beautiful images.

$580

2 sessions

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Representation, Western Canons & Limits of Photography

Penumbra Foundation @ Online Class, New York, NY

Unsettling - Representation, Western Canons and The Limits of Photography Photographs have an ambiguous relationship with meaning and representation, to which artists have responded with critical creativity. Through readings, seminar style discussions, referents and hands on experimentation in this course we examine historical and contemporary strategies for unsettling images and their relation to concepts like truth or history. These in turn become...

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$600

5 sessions

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The Archival Image: Contemporary Practices

Penumbra Foundation @ Virtual Classroom

The Archival Image: Contemporary Practices Around Memory & Archives This course is addressed to advanced image-makers interested in creating and producing longform projects around contemporary uses of photographic archives and vernacular photography. Students will be led in this process through theoretical and practical feedback from their peers and the instructor. Every session will be divided in two parts: reading discussions & group critiques....

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$700

8 sessions

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Self-portraiture and Creative Expression

Penumbra Foundation

Self-portraiture offers an inexhaustible source of creative expression. It is an especially rich medium to take up during the pandemic when you may not be able to travel freely in search of new connections and/or projects outside of the home.  This online course provides an overview of the history and uses of self-portraiture so that students can incorporate this mode of photography into their ongoing creative practice. Over six sessions attendees...

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$695

6 sessions

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The Photographer's Legacy

Penumbra Foundation

A photographer's work can be a precarious, unreliable barometer for their legacy. Photographs made today are inevitably responses to ones made prior, such that photographers live on through the continually evolving practice of making pictures. In this six-week course, students of all experience levels will be invited to learn about the myriad of ways photographers throughout history have manifested their creative practices and how these practices...

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$690

6 sessions

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Forgetting All the Rules: Experimental Photograms

Penumbra Foundation @ Virtual Classroom

The process of making strong, visually engaging experimental photograms starts by learning to let go of control. When you understand how to successfully combine traditional printing chemistry and paper(s) with alternate light sources and materials, there are almost no limits to what you can produce or how you can choose to work with these materials. This six week course will introduce participants to a variety of methods for making unique gelatin...

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$695

6 sessions

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Writing About Your Practice

Penumbra Foundation @ Virtual Classroom

Writing has the power to help you understand and change your image-making practice and gain a wider audience for your work. Through presentations, class discussions, and guided personal research, you will write a basic professional portfolio that includes an artist statement, résumé, bio, and project statements. These texts can be used on your websites and/or submitted to open calls. If you’re one of the many image-makers who have avoided developing...

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$693

6 sessions

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DIY Darkroom

Penumbra Foundation @ Virtual Classroom

This DIY Darkroom course is divided in 4 segments: #1: Intro to Historic Processes#2: Lensless Photography#3: DIY Film Developer#4: Lo-Fi Darkroom Access to running water is necessary for all segments. Some materials may need to be sourced either from your local supermarket or ordered online. Please ensure you give yourself enough time to acquire materials (minimum 1 week) and ask questions in advance. Many of the materials are used or reused through...

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$1,015

4 sessions

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Try Something New: 100 Images in 30 Days

Penumbra Foundation @ Virtual Classroom

This vibrant and playful online class turns our focus towards the joy of discovery. It is a crash course in creativity, asking students to push themselves to make, to break unproductive habits in their practices, try something new and find inspiration. Inspired by a story in Art & Fear, by David Bayles and Ted Orland, in which a photography teacher divides his class into two groups, ‘quantity’ and ‘quality’, asking his students to deliver...

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$650

5 sessions

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Creative Writing for Imagemakers

Penumbra Foundation @ Virtual Classroom

This 8-week online class is for those who would like to combine creative writing and visual art.  In this course, students will learn the role of creative writing in current photo-based art and artist book practices. The class will analyze the work of artists who use creative writing as a central part of their art-making process, and exhibition strategies. Through guided in-class exercises, participants will use writing to better understand...

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$616

8 sessions

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Cinema and the Photobook

Penumbra Foundation @ Virtual Classroom

In 8 classes over 16 weeks, this course will investigate the shared language between photobooks and cinema, and explore what one form can teach us about the other. A handful of films (fiction and non-fiction, features and shorts) will be assigned to watch outside of class, and then sessions will be used to further dissect these films in terms of their narrative structure, editing techniques and directorial approach. Through analyses, readings, conversations...

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$882

8 sessions

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Writing for Competitions, Residencies & Grants

Penumbra Foundation @ Virtual Classroom

This six-week workshop is for artists who have a project in development and are ready to start the application process. Through lectures, class discussions and guided personal research, students will develop and present a basic professional portfolio of text that includes a cover letter, CV, artist statement, project statement (or proposal) and biography. This portfolio of text can be used to apply to competitions, residency and small grant committees. ...

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$575

6 sessions

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Anthotypes & Other Organic Processes I

Penumbra Foundation @ Virtual Classroom

This class is an introduction to plant-based photographic processes! It will cover anthotypes, chlorophyll printing, lumens, and phytograms. We will meet via online platform once a week for demos and students will then take what they have learned and complete that week’s assignment, returning for critique and a new demo each week.  Anthotypes date back to the 19th century and that intrepid gentleman scientist, Sir John Herschel. An...

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$570

4 sessions

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