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with Daniel Coburn


We have all made thousands upon thousands of photos—we store them on our mobile devices, save them on hard-drives, and many are gathering dust in family albums.  Some of you may have outstanding singular images that just don’t seem to fit within a larger cohesive project.  These types of photographs are often shelved, never to be experienced by a viewing public.


This two-day, online workshop will provide you with new strategies for constructing a compelling narrative from a seemingly disparate collection of images.  Photographs are hieroglyphs—a malleable and complex collection of characters and symbols that can be carefully arranged to communicate transformative ideas.  In this workshop we will edit, sequence, manipulate, and carefully arrange images from your archive to construct a powerful visual text.  This exercise will help you begin to identify a powerful psychological dialogue that exists between images when viewed sequentially.  This workshop is ideal for those that are wanting to break from convention—those that are seeking out new modes of photographic expression and challenging the notion of a traditional “body of work.”  If you plan to publish or design a photography book in the near future, this two-day workshop will help you rethink the way photos might be sequenced and arranged.


Participants should plan to share a single body of work.

This workshop will be conducted entirely online via Zoom Video Conferencing software, available at for free.  Additional details will be emailed to participants in advance of the workshop.

Workshop is limited to 15 participants.

Daniel W. Coburn was born in San Bernardino, California in 1976. His work and research investigate the family photo album as one component of a visual infrastructure that supports the flawed ideology of the American Dream.  Coburn's friends and family members confront his camera to construct a potent amendment to the idealized family album. Daniel's projects illuminate important issues that are often suppressed in traditional family albums. In doing so, he has expanded the perimeter of visual information considered for inclusion in new iterations of the family album.

Coburn's prints are held in collections at major institutions including the Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College, The Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art, and the University of New Mexico Art Museum.  His photographs have been the subject of solo exhibitions at the Mulvane Art Museum, Silver Eye Center for Photography, Filter Photo Space and La Fototeca Gallery.  Photographs from Daniel's comprehensive body of work have appeared in numerous international group exhibitions including Álbum de Família at Centro Municipal de Arte Hélio Oiticica, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. His first monograph, The Hereditary Estate, was published by Kehrer Verlag in 2015. 

Daniel W. Coburn is a recipient of a 2017 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship.  He served as Assistant Professor of Photography at the University of Kansas and as a Lecturer of Contemporary of Art at the University of Sydney. He currently works as an independent artist and educator. 

Date: September 9 – 10, 2020
Time: 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm CT
Cost: $250
Location: Online

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

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