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Gus Powell: Based on a True Story

9 October 2021 @ 10:00 - 10 October 2021 @ 18:00

9 October 2021 @ 10:00 10 October 2021 @ 18:00

from Family Car Trouble (TBW Books, 2019 and 2021)

Saturday, October 9 and Sunday, October 10 from 10am to 6pm

You see an actor, you see a rhinoceros.
You prefer the rhinoceros of course.
– Philippe Gaulier

In this two-day workshop, Gus Powell will explore the narrative and poetic qualities of photography and the photobook. He will discuss working within the tradition of street photography to make work that embraces both the universal and the ambiguous in equal measure.

Finding inspiration in unexpected histories and heroes, bringing out humor that lies at the bottom of the human experience, unleashing emotions, using language to elevate rather than explain an image – these are the virtues that Powell will examine as he encourages you to get into trouble, get out of trouble, and get on with it.

The workshop will begin with a presentation of Powell’s work: the inspiration and creation of past projects, the books, and their maquettes, his work for editorial and commercial clients, and his ongoing practice as a street photographer. It will continue with group portfolio reviews and a collection of editing exercises involving collaboration and the union of text, image, and design.

Gus Powell’s exhibition FAMILY CAR TROUBLE will open at Micamera on Friday, October 8.

The book:

TBW Books, 2019
Hardback, 15×23 cm
128 pages, 74 color photographs
Purchase the first edition of the book here, or preorder the second edition (softcover) here

Gus Powell was born in New York City in 1974 and attended Oberlin College where he majored in comparative religion. In 2003 he was selected to be in PDNs 30 under 30 issue and also published his first monograph, The Company of Strangers (J&L Books). His work has been exhibited internationally, including a solo show at The Museum of The City of New York and group exhibitions at The Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Fine Arts Houston and FOAM, NL.
His work is included in the books Bystander: A World History of Street Photography and Street Photography Now. Powell’s second monograph, titled The Lonely Ones (J&L Books, 2015) was celebrated as one of the best photography books of the year, and was reprinted in Italy as a trilingual edition in 2017 by Lazy Dog / Mutty. His third monograph, Family Car Trouble (TBW Books, 2019 and 2021), plays with the form of the novel, both as material object and as narrative vehicle for expressing interior life.
Powell resides in Brooklyn NY and is currently at work on a series titled Mise en Scene.

Here Gus Powell’s website
Here the author in Micamera gallery

For info and subscriptions: [email protected] / +39 3356817917

Maximum 13 students

Price: €300,00



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