VII Interactive: Workshop. You’ve Done the Work and Now What??

From: December 7, 2020 @ 00:00 EDT
To: December 14, 2020 @ 23:59 EDT
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Instructor: Maggie Steber
Location: Online
Duration: 32 Hours (including one-on-one meetings before, during, and after the workshop)
Class size: 15
Skill level: Advanced Amateurs and Professionals

Editing and Sequencing Long Form Projects To Give Them Meaning.

A 7-Day Workshop with Maggie Steber

This workshop is for advanced and serious enthusiast photographers who have completed a long term project and need help with editing and sequencing ideas. This is one of the most perplexing challenges in finalizing something you have worked on over time. What are the best photographs? How should they be sequenced to make a statement and speak to the audience? What is the final format for the work? Photographers understand that long term projects can put them on the map. Spending more time on a project makes for better work and a more intense learning experience by the photographer. The work has time to mature and take on more meaning, and we become better at articulating its purpose in a more meaningful way. The next big challenge is putting it together in a way that enables it to work its magic, appeal to editors and an audience, and garner interest for publication. This is what we will concentrate on together.

Our aim is to create a final product that surprises, impresses, moves the heart and mind, informs, stops people in their tracks, and captures the attention of editors and publishers.

We will discuss and research creating a more critical and richer backdrop of innovative presentation. When fitting we will look for ways to connect the work to a more universal idea. We will write and talk about the work, brainstorming on its meaning, its purpose, and its audience. These are some of the key elements to your project’s success. Almost all photographers want to make a book. What kind of book? How big and how many pages? Who is the best publisher? How much will it cost? Would your work shine more in some other format that transcends the book? Is there a way to make the work more accessible to a wider viewing public? We will consider various ways to go beyond the book to create a livelier presentation and a more memorable experience.

Topics we will cover:

  • Editing and sequencing for different goals: presentations, competitions, grants, and publication.
  • Good editing and strong sequencing to save a project.
  • Project statement: how to write and talk about your work.
  • Research methods and how to find inspiration.
  • Experimenting with Presentation.

Workshop schedule

BEFORE THE WORKSHOP BEGINS Maggie will hold a 30-45 minute private session with you to do a quick review of your project and your goals in this workshop. You must bring 20 photos and 2 paragraphs (no more than 150 words) from the project you want to work on.

DURING THE WORKSHOP Maggie will meet with you individually to give you personal feedback during one-on-one meetings. Instructions for those meeting are forthcoming.

AFTER THE WORKSHOP each participant may book a one-hour review session with Maggie to discuss another project, brainstorm ideas, etc. This offer is valid for 3 months after the workshop ends.

Pre-Workshop Meeting

To be scheduled individually before the workshop start date.

Session 1

December 8

Full class meeting: Maggie shows her work and the work of other photographers using innovative approaches to editing, sequencing and presentation reflecting outside the box ideas. Research assignment will be given for discussion.

9AM to 12PM EST
Break for lunch one hour
1PM to 5PM EST

Session 2

December 9
Full class meeting: You’ll show your work to the group and talk about it. This will be a full day meeting. Your research assignment will be discussed.

9AM to 12PM EST
Break for lunch one hour
1PM to 5PM EST

Session 3

December 10
Full class meeting: Research & Writing

9AM to 12PM EST
Break for lunch one hour
1PM to 5PM EST

Session 4

December 11
One-on-one meetings begin for first 6 participants. These meetings will last 1.5 hours each. Instructions for preparation will be given on Day 1 so you can be prepared.

Session 5

December 12
One-on-One meetings for the second group of 6 students, lasting 1.5 hours each.

Day Off

December 13
Students are expected to finalize writing, practice presentations.

Session 6

December 14
Wrap Up Day: Full class meeting in which we will review everyone’s work, what they have written, and a presentation that we will have discussed. This will be a final and very long day with a break for lunch.

9AM to 12PM EST
Break for lunch one hour
1PM to 5PM/6PM EST


Maggie Steber, a documentary photographer specializing in humanistic stories, has worked in 67 countries. Her honors include a grant from the Guggenheim Foundation in 2017, the Leica Medal of Excellence, World Press Photo Foundation, the Overseas Press Club, Pictures of the Year, the Medal of Honor for Distinguished Service to Journalism from the University of Missouri, the Alicia Patterson Grant, the Ernst Haas Grant, and a Knight Foundation grant for the New American Newspaper project. Steber has worked in Haiti for three decades. Aperture published her monograph, “Dancing on Fire.”