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2021 SPE Annual Conference: Imagining Legacy: Archives, Collections, and Memoria

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Workshop: Digital Photography in Shanghai

In recent years, the city of Shanghai has become an integral hub for Asia's burgeoning art and photography worlds. With a rich multicultural and cosmopolitan history that blends the East and West, Shanghai offers a unique portal into Chinese civilization that frames the city as the embodiment of China's future.

This unique four week program emphasizes the exploration of Shanghai and encourages the integration of Western and Eastern photographic practices. Participants engage with the Shanghai art community and have individual and group critiques, with the goal of seeing their world and their work from a more global perspective. Along with an intimate investigation of Shanghai's contemporary art world, there are individual portfolio reviews by prominent members of Shanghai's photography community that provide the opportunity to share ideas and network with curators and gallery owners as well as colleagues.

This program offers the opportunity and freedom for participants to expand their body of work in a new and increasingly relevant context and gain a more profound understanding of art practices and photographic content, form, color, context, taste and limits. Shanghai's rich history, booming economy, worldwide artistic presence and interweaving of Western ideas with Chinese traditions, makes it the perfect city for an enlightening, productive and exciting summer experience.

Prerequisites: One year of photography education and working knowledge of Adobe Photoshop.

Note: A portfolio of 12 jpeg images of recent work must be submitted, along with a supporting statement and completed application form. Acceptance into this program is based on a portfolio review. Students must supply their own laptop (with Adobe Photoshop installed), a digital camera capable of shooting raw files, storage media to transfer files, as well as all necessary equipment to download images from camera to laptop.

Tuition includes: Housing in two-person apartments (WiFi, air conditioning, TV) in Shanghai, transportation for class field trips, guided tours focusing on sites of historical and architectural importance, an introductory language seminar, and multiple opportunities to sample special Shanghai cuisine. Tuition does not include airfare to and from Shanghai or visa processing fees. Participants are responsible for acquiring their own visas from the Chinese government, more information is available here.

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