View Masters: A Concept Development Workshop

7 Aug 2017 2017 WORKSHOPS

Learn how to introduce complex ideas and provide structure to your photo projects while boosting your concept development skills in this interactive workshop, which includes a special tour of Photoville’s container exhibitions.

View Masters: A Concept Development Workshop

Featuring: J. Sybylla Smith

Saturday, September 16 | 12PM – 4PM
Photoville Workshop Area

Register to reserve your space here.

All workshops are FREE but require a $10 refundable deposit to reserve a space.


What makes a compelling photograph? Why are some concepts difficult to express visually? How can photographers introduce complex ideas into their work in coherent and captivating ways? Sybylla Smith answers all these questions with ‘Concept Aware’ — a roadmap of concept development that provides emerging and seasoned photographers practical tools to enhance their creative practice. By studying photo projects, through slideshows, samples of student work, and in a special tour of Photoville’s container exhibitions, participants will learn how to tackle complicated concepts and clearly implement them into their own work.

This is a BYOC (bring-your-own-camera) workshop that will meet for an intro and slideshow session in the Photoville Workshop Area before heading out for live shooting exercises and a tour of Photoville’s exhibitions. The workshop also includes an optional wrap-up session and casual group critique, where students can share work and ideas, and get feedback from instructors and workshop peers.


J.Sybylla Smith is an independent curator with over 25 solo or group exhibitions featuring over 80 international photographers exhibited in the U.S., Mexico and South America. Smith consults with individual photographers and arts organizations to develop exhibitions, educational programming and written content including artist statements and marketing material. An adjunct professor, guest lecturer and thesis advisor, Smith has worked with the School of Visual Arts, the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Wellesley College, Harvard University, and Emmanuel College. She lectures and conducts workshops on Concept AwareTM, a unique creative framework for concept development.