The Authentic Encounter

Connie Imboden
July 5 to July 10
9am - noon
Tuition Cost: 
Returning Students: 
Open to All


"No object is mysterious.   The mystery is your eye."  Elizabeth Bowen

By the end of this workshop, you will see the world differently.

OK, so that sounds crazy, but consider this: Our vision is so often limited by what we know that we see what we expect to see instead of what is actually in front of us.  This can be particularly challenging to us as photographers; we might try approaching new subject matter, or using different photographic techniques, but inevitably feel like we’re making the same image over and over.  That’s where this workshop comes in.

We will learn that it is not what you photograph, but how you photograph that is important.  Through exercises, assignments, and discussions, the goal of this workshop is to learn to use the camera as a tool to discover new ways of looking at and experiencing the world around us.  Instead of thinking things through and being in control, we will learn to develop an intuitive visual approach in our work, trusting in our eyes to guide us. 

In this supportive environment, process is emphasized over the product, playfulness is encouraged, and mistakes are pathways to discovery.  It is open to all levels, though a working knowledge of your camera is important. 

Students are expected to bring a digital camera and a laptop.  Please bring a portfolio of 10-15 images that best represents your work.


Connie Imboden has taught for over 30 years, as faculty at The Maryland Institute College of Art as well as instructing various workshops and institutions throughout the United States, France, the Czech Republic and the United Arab Emirates.  Her photographs have been exhibited in an extensive range of group and solo shows at galleries and museums across the Americas, Europe, and China and are in museum collections around the world including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Bibliothèque Nationales in Paris, France, and the Ludwig Museum in Cologne, Germany. Her first book entitled “Out of Darkness” with essays by Charles–Henri Favrod and A.D. Coleman, won the Silver Medal in Switzerland’s “Schonste Bucher Aus Aller Welt (Most Beautiful Book in the World)” Award in 1993.  Her fourth and most recent monograph, “Reflections; 25 Years of Photography”, was published in 2009 by Insight Editions with essays by Arthur Ollman, Julian Cox and John Wood.