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There Are Other Worlds:
Images, Editing and Ambiguity

Workshop with Melissa Catanese and Ed Panar

30th May — 2nd June 2019
Berlin, Germany

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Run period
30 May (Artist Talk)
31 May, 1 and 2 June (Full Time)

Teaching language

Application Deadline
12 May 2019

Course fee
550 EUR (incl. VAT)
495 EUR (incl. VAT) for Students with valid ID

Number of participants
min 8—max 12

This workshop led by collaborators, Melissa Catanese and Ed Panar focuses on strategies for uncovering, interpreting and shaping meaning through groups of images. The workshop consists of a series of hands-on editing and sequencing exercises along with in-depth group discussions exploring the often elusive role of editing and how it can open creative pathways and create new associations.

Participants will gain new insights on their process and receive guidance on developing a body of work and strengthening their narrative voice as artists.

Melissa Catanese

Melissa Catanese was born in Cleveland, Ohio and received an MFA in photography from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2006. She has been editing from a vast collection of over 20,000 photographs belonging to collector Peter J. Cohen for some years, and is the author of Dive Dark Dream Slow (2012), Dangerous Women (2013), Hells Hollow Fallen Monarch (2015), and Voyagers (2018). Her work has been included in the Mulhouse Biennial of Photography, NoFound Photo Fair in Paris, and at institutions including Pier 24 Photography in San Francisco and Aperture Foundation in New York. She lives and works in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where she founded Spaces Corners, an artist-run bookshop and project space and serves as lecturer in studio arts at University of Pittsburgh.

Ed Panar

Ed Panar has published numerous photobooks including: In the Vicinity, (2018), Animals That Saw Me: Volume One and Volume Two (2011, 2016), Salad Days (2011), Same Difference (2010), and Golden Palms (2007). His photographs and books have been published and exhibited internationally at venues including: Pier 24 Photography, San Francisco; The Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago; Kasseler Kunstverein in Kassel, Germany; and the Cleveland Museum of Art. Ed is co-founder of the artist-run project space, photography bookshop, and publishing house Spaces Corners in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Workshop Schedule

  • 18:00-20:30 Melissa Catanese and Ed Panar present their work and recent publications + QA
    During the talk, there will be a stand dedicated to their photobooks and other suggested readings.
  • 10:00-13:00 Workshop Session I
    Introduction to the participants’ projects.
  • 13:00-14:00 Lunch Break
  • 14:00-18:00 Workshop Session II
    Group exercises about editing and sequencing. This section of the workshop would serve to open the possibility of new interactions between images to create a strong visual narrative.
  • 10:00-13:00 Workshop Session III
    Field Trip (to be confirmed)
  • 13:00-14:00 Lunch Break
  • 14:00-18:00 Workshop Session IV
    Melissa Catanese and Ed Panar will review each participant’s project or selection of images to stimulate a new approach and clearer view of the participant’s work and their general editing practice. The group is encouraged to collaborate during these individual sessions. (part 1)
  • 10:00-13:00 Workshop Session V
    Projects review and editing class (part 2)
  • 13:00-14:00 Lunch Break
  • 14:00-18:00 Workshop Session VI
    Final reviews and one-on-one sessions with the artists.
During the whole duration of the workshop the Ahorn team, Daniel Augschoell and Anya Jasbar, will be available to help the participants find useful resources like books, articles, visual references, and editing suggestions.

For this workshop, you will need to bring one or two photographic projects that you have been working on for some time and are looking for feedback on how to develop it further.

We highly suggest the workshop to photographers that are currently working on a book or to photographers who want to refine their editing and sequencing skills.

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