Diptychs, Triptychs, and Panoramics: The Dynamics of Multiples
In this class we learn ways to explore themes, tell stories, and present a visually cohesive narrative across multiple photographs using the deceptively simple technique of grouping the photos together in diptychs, triptychs, and multi-photo panoramics. Building on the language inherited from historical religious art, the contemporary artist can create symbolic relationships in their work that are not possible in a single photograph.
Kai will share technical tips and tricks for the camera set-up, how to integrate them into your projects that also include single images, as well as the post-production workflow. Through weekly exercises, you’ll be making compelling sets of photographs. Beyond the visual impact, creating these images can be a playful and experimental process. Students will enjoy exploring unexpected connections, contrasts, or serendipitous relationships between the images, fostering a sense of creative play.
Kai McBride is a photographer, musician, teacher, and avid cyclist who recently uprooted from Brooklyn to sunny Santa Fe, New Mexico. He spent the last ten years teaching photography and managing the photo facilities at Columbia University, his alma mater, where he received an MFA in 2008.
Born on the island of Kauai in 1972, by his 18th birthday Kai had lived in California, Oregon, Mississippi, Wisconsin, Texas, Oahu, North Carolina, and Massachusetts. He sharpened his powers of observation while adjusting to life between suburban ranch-style homes, cabins with no running water, and a 20-foot teepee in the field of a commune.
His photographs have been exhibited in museum and gallery exhibitions, and are held in public and private collections. His first monograph, About Face: Picturing Tampa, was published by SPQR Editions in Fall 2016.Kai teaches black and white photography, photobooks, and more for StrudelmediaLive.