Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Starting out: New York and other influences, part of Narrative Portraiture: On Location in Texas with Keith Carter.
Keith Carter: When I was 24 I felt like I had learned as much as I could learn from the people…in the camera stores around here, and the books I was reading.…I had read Ansel Adams' series three times and I still didn't understand half of…that stuff, but I was trying to learn to print from books, and there wasn't much…being shown, even in Huston in those days. Nothing in my area.…So I wrote the Museum of Modern Art, and I told them I was a serious scholar of…photography and could I come visit their collection, and somebody wrote me back.…
This is way before there was email. A kind intern said, "Well, sure, you come visit.…Who do you want to see?"…So I wrote back to them.…Chris Orwig: Were you excited at opportunity? Keith: Oh! I was so excited.…I got a letter from Museum of Modern Art, and they said I could come up.…So I'd take the Greyhound bus to New York City, and it was a…wonderful experience.…I thought I had enough money to stay a month.…I only made it a couple of weeks, but for three days a week, two hours a day,…
In this installment, Chris travels to Texas to visit with Keith Carter, a fine art photographer and teacher, and has a conversation with Keith about his work, outlook on art and photography, and suggestion that photographers commit at least two years to a personal project.
The course continues with a pair of portrait shoots. Keith photographs Chris and describes his process and creative decisions along the way. Then the cameras are swapped and Chris creates a portrait of Keith.
Finally, Chris reviews the photography he took, and discusses the gear he used and the lessons he learned while visiting with and photographing Keith.
Skill Level Beginner
1. Portraits of an Artist's Space
2. A Conversation with Keith Carter
3. Reflections on the Conversation
4. Portrait Session: Keith Photographs Chris
5. Portrait Session: Chris Photographs Keith
6. Photo Review
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