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with Odette England

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This engaging, one-day workshop with Odette England is designed to help photographers of all levels develop their creativity, collaboration, and persuasive storytelling. Through experimental, thoughtful, and playful prompts and exercises, participants will learn how to not only generate ideas, but nurture and expand them, and ultimately modify and evolve them to keep them thriving. Participants will be encouraged to open themselves up to surprises and trust their voices while exploring themes that compel creative expression, including love, loss, mystery, chaos, failure, escape, jealousy, loyalty, change, freedom, friendship, and more. Participants will share feedback in various ways and discuss potential next steps. Imaginative, expansive journaling is a foundational part of the workshop.  


Participants should bring the following:

  • a new unlined journal, ideally larger than 5.5" x 8.5"

  • 20 - 30 printed photographs from a single body of work, no larger than 4" x 6"

  • a book of poetry, history, fiction, non-fiction, or general literature that you like the look of but have not read


Additional details and items to bring will be emailed to participants before the workshop.


This workshop is limited to 14 participants. 

Odette England is an Australian/British photographer who makes photographs about homesickness, gender-social relations, reproductive labor, estrangements, and rituals. She was raised in an isolated immigrant farming community and now lives and works in Providence, Rhode Island, and New York City.


England is a 2022 John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellow. Other recent honors include a Rhode Island Council Photography Fellowship and grants from the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, Puffin Foundation, Peter E. Palmquist Memorial Fund, and Anonymous Was a Woman. She was a 2022 Prix Pictet nominee and a finalist for the William & Winifred Bowness Photography Prize, Libraryman Award, and Loose Joints Publishing Performance Award, among many others.


In 2023, England is a PhotoAccess Artist Fellow in Canberra, Australia, an EKARD artist-in-residence at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, an artist-in-residence at Marble House Project, Vermont, and a visiting artist for the Long-Term Photobook Program at the Penumbra Foundation, New York. She was named a finalist for the 2023 Foam Paul Huf Award.


She has published three award-winning photobooks, including Dairy Character, winner of the 2021 Light Work Book Award, and shortlisted for Australian Photobook of the Year. It tells of the animalization of girls and women and the sexualization of dairy cows. Her fourth photobook, Woman Wearing Ring Shields Face from Flash, is shortlisted for the 2023 Images Vevey Photobook Award.


England received her Master of Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design and a Ph.D. in Art and Art History from the Australian National University. She is a visiting professor at Brown University and Amherst College.

Date: September 27th, 2023
Time: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm CT
Cost: $295 
Columbia College Chicago Student Center, 754 S Wabash Ave

Refunds will be processed with a 15% fee. No refunds will be given after September 1st.

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