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Fall into Photo with Keith Johnson

The Extended Image with Keith Johnson
September 22 – November 15, 2013

Spaces are still available in this eight-week photography workshop.
There are also a few work-study scholarships available.

Keith Johnson, Planes Flying Left


Sometimes one picture just isn’t enough.
That, in a nutshell, is what Keith Johnson‘s fall photography workshop is about. “It’s about storytelling through photography,” says Keith. “It’s about taking an idea and extending into a body of work. With multiple images, a narrative, time study, or comparison can emerge to create a visual experience that’s larger than the sum of its parts.”

To do this, students will work with narrative, typology (a study of things that have characteristics in common), topology (a study of a certain place), grids, time-based work, and other approaches. Each of these ideas will be supported by specific assignments, lectures, and slideshows. Each student will also create a print-on-demand photography book through the Blurb website.


Keith Johnson at home.


“Traditionally, a body of work has been exhibited in a linear presentation with equal spacing between pictures,” says Keith. “While this method is effective, it may not be the best way to reveal layers of information and emotion.”

Stan Strembicki, from the Lost Library series
Stan Strembicki, from the Lost Library series

Students in the workshop may work digitally or in the darkroom. Keith will cover all the basics: exposure, camera functions, composition, basic Lightroom and Photoshop, digital printing, and, if there is interest, film processing and darkroom printing.

Photographer Stan Strembicki, a professor of art Washington University in St. Louis will join the class for a few days as a visiting artist. Stan is known for his five-year photographic study of post-Katrina New Orleans and his twenty-years of Mardis Gras work.

The workshop will also include field work, looking at a variety of artists’ work, daily critiques, and final presentations. “The expectation,” Keith says, “is to make a ton of pictures, delve into new ideas, and have a good deal of photo fun.”

Students of all levels are welcome.

To enroll in this class, call the registrar at 828-765-2359, ext 15 or visit the fall classes page.


Keith Johnson received his MFA from RISD studying with Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind. Ten years of teaching led to a move to the business side of photography and completing an MBA. He supports his fine art making as a consultant and through workshop teaching at the Visual Studies Workshop, Maine Media Workshops, and Jackson Hole Art Association, and Penland.

Recent solo shows include PhotoStop Gallery, White River Jct., VT; Mercy Gallery at Loomis Chaffee School, Windsor, CT; Griffin Museum, Winchester, MA; CEPA Gallery, Buffalo, NY; FotoFest, Houston, TX; George Eastman House, Rochester, NY; New England School of Photography and Panopticon Gallery,  Boston, MA; Nelson Hancock Gallery, Brooklyn, NY and Wall Space Gallery, Seattle, WA.

Collections include RISD, George Eastman House, and Center for Creative Photography; he is a recipient of two Connecticut Commission on the Arts Fellowships; And artist residencies at Light Work, Syracuse, NY, Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester, NY and  CEPA Gallery, Buffalo, NY and Loomis Chaffee School, Windsor, CT.

You can see more of Keith’s work on his website.

Keith Johnson, PDC Topology
Keith Johnson, PDC Topology