Looking Inward: Photographing Family
In this one-hour mini-workshop, we will explore the contemporary history of photographing those closest to us and examine strategies — both technical and conceptual — for making our own family portraits as part of a fine art practice. Looking at the work of photographers such as Sally Mann, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Larry Sultan, and more, we will probe at what drives our impulse to document the home, and consider how to advance our own personal work.
Kat Shannon is a multidisciplinary artist, curator, and educator working in photography, text, and video, currently based between São Paulo, Brazil, and Orlando, Florida. Her work examines notions of intimacy, human connection, gender, community, and culture. She holds degrees in photography from Savannah College of Art and Design (BFA) as well as Bard College (MFA).
Kat has held teaching positions at Yeshiva University, Brookdale College, Stetson University, Middlesex College, and ICP, and previously worked for three years as the head curator at an art consultancy in New York. In 2017 Kat co-founded the collaborative artist collective Memory Foam through which she curates exhibitions, publishes and collects artists' books and zines, and produces an artist interview series called “Artists Eat Ice Cream.”Kat teaches Ways of Seeing, Photography as Pilgrimage, and other personal vision classes for StrudelmediaLive.