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JULIE BLACKMON: Creating the Visual Narrative

Orientation Sunday, May 7th, 4:30pm – 5:30pm

Monday, May 8th – Tuesday, May 9th. 9:00am – 4:45pm

Wednesday, May 10th, 9:00am – 11:00am (Optional)

In this workshop, attendees will have the unique opportunity to work with Julie Blackmon – a rising star in the photography art market, known for her extraordinary mis-en-scene tableaus of domestic family life. Every once in a while, an artist emerges with a completely new and original vision, and Julie has done so with humor and precision. This is a chance to not only work with the artist but to do so in the quintessential American setting of a Palm Springs mid-century-modern home — the perfect backdrop for creating domestic scenes and developing a narrative.

The workshop will be about how to set up the shootings, working with models, creating the backdrop, and the inspiration and influences that nourish the resulting images.  She will discuss her process and help attendees to consider how the idea of narrative can be so important to a fine art body of work. There will be class reviews of work and attendees will have ample time to photograph.

Note: This is not a class about digital manipulation or “composited” photography.  Students should bring their own laptops and be reasonably fluent in using Photoshop though the “post” work that Julie performs is relatively simple.

PRICE:  $925
Includes models, workshop transportation and a boxed lunch for each full day of the workshop.


The Dutch proverb “a Jan Steen household” originated in the 17th century and is used today to refer to a home in disarray, full of rowdy children and boisterous family gatherings.  The paintings of Steen, along with those of other Dutch and Flemish genre painters, helped inspire this body of work.  I am the oldest of nine children and now the mother of three.  As Steen’s personal narratives of family life depicted nearly 400 yrs. ago, the conflation of art and life is an area I have explored in photographing the everyday life of my family and the lives of my sisters and their families at home.  These images are both fictional and auto-biographical, and reflect not only our lives today and as children growing up in a large family, but also move beyond the documentary to explore the fantastic elements of our everyday lives, both imagined and real. As an artist and as a mother, I believe life’s most poignant moments come from the ability to fuse fantasy and reality:  to see the mythic amidst the chaos.

Julie Blackmon has held over 30 one-person exhibitions in galleries and institutional spaces since 2005.  Her work resides in the collections of the George Eastman House,  Rochester; Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, The Microsoft Art Collection, Redmond; Musée Français de la Photographie; Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art; Photographic Center Northwest, Seattle; Portland Art Museum, Portland; Toledo Museum of Art; University of Arkansas at Little Rock and the Walt Disney Collection.  She is represented by 7 prestigious galleries in the US and UK.  Her two monographs, Domestic Vacations (2009) and Homegrown (2014) were both published by Radius Books.