How to Build a Still Life: A Series of Experiments
Immerse yourself in the foundations of still life — whether you’re experienced with the practice or are brand new to it. In this class, students will gain an understanding of this fascinating and boundless genre through critique and weekly exercises focused on the techniques of building still life composition. The work of painters and photographers — such as Clara Peeters, Giorgio Morandi, Sharon Core, Laura Letinsky, Tanya Marcuse, Nakeya Brown, and Erin O’Keefe — will provide historical and contemporary examples of still life methodologies that students can use to apply to their own experiments. You’ll end this class with a portfolio of images, and a set of questions to pursue your practice into the future.
Samantha Box is a Jamaican-born, Bronx-based photographer. In her studio-based practice, she uses self-portraiture, sound, and installation to articulate her personal diasporic/Caribbean experience. This work has been exhibited at the Houston Center of Photography (2019), and the Andrew Freedman House (2020). In Spring 2021, Box will join the Bronx Museum of the Arts’ AIM Fellowship program.
Her previous documentary work focused on New York City's community of LGBTQ youth of color, and was widely recognized, notably with a NYFA Fellowship (2010), and shown, most prominently, as part of the ICP Museum’s Perpetual Revolution exhibition (2017). This work is part of the permanent collections of the Open Society Foundation, EN FOCO, and Light Work.
Samantha holds a certificate in Photojournalism and Documentary Studies from the International Center of Photography (2006). She also holds an MFA in Advanced Photographic Studies from the International Center of Photographer/Bard College (2019).Samantha teaches self-portraiture and documentary photography for StrudelmediaLive.