SSL Certificate
Sylvia Plachy
Photography: Where the Thread Leads

Session Three - June 16-22, 2019


Course Description
What you see, how the world looks back at you, and who you are is all reflected in your photographs. A set of pictures can be revealing.

Please bring 30-50 work prints about 5x7 inches. We’ll start by moving them around by hand on a table, not on the computer. They can be a project or a set of recent photographs that you are working on. Putting pictures next to each other creates new meanings and by sequencing we find visual connections, patterns, and themes that lead to new ideas of how to continue and how best to present them. The object of the class is to find yourself in your pictures and discover your personal vision.

The following days we will be going out to explore and photograph - sometimes together and sometimes alone - and then edit the following day the small prints and talk about what we found.

(PS: Please bring one or two finished prints to show what colors or shades of B&W you like. Have contact sheets or additional images on hand or in the computer in case some images had been overlooked or if more are needed.)

Artist Biography
Born in Budapest, Sylvia Plachy left Hungary with her parents as a teenager after the collapse of the Hungarian Revolution in 1956. In 1958, after two years in Austria, they immigrated to the United States.

Plachy discovered photography while studying Graphic Arts at Pratt Institute. She had worked at the Village Voice between 1974-2004, both as a photo editor and a staff photographer, and covered New York City culture and politics, national news, and also international events, such as the end of the Nicaraguan Revolution, the dissolution of the Eastern Block, and the aftermath of the Gulf War. Her portraits and photo essays have appeared in Newsweek, Granta, Grand Street, Time, Vogue, the New York Times and many other magazines, and she had a monthly column in Metropolis Magazine, Signs & Relics, which later became a book. Her weekly photo on the contents page of the Village Voice, had also evolved into a book called Unguided Tour and won the Infinity award for best publication in 1990. Her other book about life in Eastern Europe called, Selfportrait with Cows Going Home, won the Golden Light Award.

The recipient of grants and prizes, including a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1977 and a Lucie Award, Page One Award for Journalism from Columbia University, Plachy was given the 2009 Dr. Erich Salomon Preis for lifetime achievement in photojournalism. She has had many one-woman exhibits around the world, most recently a traveling exhibit, When Will It Be Tomorrow, which opened in Budapest in 2015 and is at the Museo di Roma in Trastevere until September 2, 2018.

Artist Statement
With camera in hand, I move faster and feel freer and even dare to give back a smile to a stranger. To stop time, to let it go, to take it with me: I search for something, I don’t know what. It could be anything, anywhere, either right in front of me or far off in the sky - sometimes it’s an echo from the past. It’s a split second and I hold my breath. I don’t know if I choose it or if it chooses me. I know I’ve found my photograph when I can breathe again.

Artist's Website: Sylvia Plachy

Supply List:

  • 30-50 5"x7" work prints
  • 1-2 finished prints
  • camera
  • laptop

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2019 - Session 3 Faculty Work

Michael Brennand-Wood


Christel Dillbohner


Keiko Hara


Sandra Johnson


Sylvia Plachy


Valerie Maser-Flanagan


Ron Roy + Liz Willoughby


Jason Schneider

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