Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Auckland - Rineke Dijkstra / Paul Graham workshop - it's a wrap

The AUT St Paul Street workshop with Rineke Dijkstra and Paul Graham concluded on Sunday night. Twenty participants including a big group from Christchurch, and from Sydney, Melbourne and special guest Jessica Backhaus from Berlin spent three charged days with Rineke and Paul and my feeling was that everybody left super positive and more motivated than ever. Rineke and Paul showed their work and talked about their working processes and participants presented their work which was discussed in open forum.

As is so often the case with artists at the top of their game Rineke and Paul were delightful, modest, funny, and showed signs of the uncertainty that we all feel. And not to mention were inspiring teachers. For me it was a great relief to discover that Rineke suffers, just as I do from "camera manual phobia". Here are a few shots from the workshop including a group picture which was made by Ans Westra who happened to be passing by. There is also a photograph made by Becky Nunes of Ans shooting the group.

It was great that Rinke and Paul made the big trip down here, very special thanks to them and thanks to Neil Cameron and Leonhard Emmerling at AUT for putting their energy and enthusiasm into the workshop. Thanks too to everybody who attended ..... roll on the 5th edition in 2011!

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