ABOUT THE EXPERIENCE
This is a rare opportunity to work with two great photographers whose legacies span generations.
Both experienced teachers, George and Kim will share their techniques and processes as they guide you towards your own unique style. Each will share their signature lighting techniques as you learn to find and reflect light from unexpected sources. You’ll learn to see layers of visual information to create rich, beautiful images. Working on location at Holz Farm, you’ll explore the natural textures of water, earth, wood, and sky as you combine nude and landscape photography. Most importantly, you’ll develop your visualization and directing skills as you work with models to develop trust.
You’ll share your work in a supportive environment where you will build the kind of collaborative friendships George and Kim enjoy. These friendships are foundational to artistic growth and motivation. Expect to open your awareness, hone your technical skills, and be inspired.
ABOUT THE LOCATION
Holz Farm is a coveted 25-acre location in upstate NY that is often rented for photography and film shoots. The farm includes a wide variety of settings, including a 19th Century post-and-beam barn, mid 20th Century cabin, pastures, streams, a lake, endless forest, big skies, mountain views, photo-friendly livestock, a “59 Airstream Caravanner, a “69 International truck, as well as indoor locations and screened-in summer studio in the main house. Previous clients include Australian Vogue, Italian Vanity Fair, American Eagle, and photographers include Mario Sorrenti, Lachlan Bailey, and Daniela Federici. Because the farm is located in the Catskill mountains, photographers often comment on the beauty of climatic variations (fog, clouds, mist), wildlife, and quickly changing light.
Holz Farm: http://www.holzfarm.net/
Photographers and clients: http://www.holzfarm.net/work/
George Holz, protégé of Helmut Newton and graduate of Art Center College of Design, spent his early years shooting fashion in Italy and NYC. Like Helmut, George blurred the line between art and commerce, using sets and models on commercial jobs for his fine-art work.
George changed as the business did, re-inventing himself in digital while staying true to core values of technique and composition. Inspired by the work of Edward Weston, George began experimenting with landscapes on commercial jobs when he discovered the Catskills in the 80s and bought the property that would become Holz Farm. Like so many writers and artists before him, George fell in love with the Hudson River School light and landscapes. He built the Farm in Woodland Valley in 1988.
George reached out to Kim in 2009 and the two have been close friends and colleagues since, collaborating on shoots at Wildcat Hill in Carmel and in Los Angeles.
All images taken on Holz Farm. Photographs © George Holz 2017.
Kim Weston has been shooting fine-art nude photography for over 35 years. Born into America’s most iconic photographic family, Kim grew up in his grandfather Edward Weston’s darkroom – where he learned techniques from his father, Cole, and his uncle Brett – and on photo shoots.
Yearning for a life beyond legacy, Kim set out to explore the world in his twenties, sailing the coastlines of Central and South America, the Galapagos Islands, and Hawaii. During these formative years, Kim developed his easy disposition, love of the outdoors, and enthusiasm for life. This combination of independence, friendliness, and deeply ingrained skill make Kim one of the most sought-after teachers in photography. https://www.kimweston.com/weston-workshop-testimonials/
Kim maintains the black-and-white tradition of his grandfather Edward at Wildcat Hill in Carmel, CA, as he continues to innovate his own signature style. Kim still shoots with film, develops his own work, and prints in the darkroom. He has shown at major galleries and museums in the US, Europe, Japan, Mexico, and China, and has been teaching fine-art nude photography workshops in the US and abroad for the past 15 years. This is Kim’s first workshop at Holz Farm. https://www.kimweston.com/kim-weston. Photographs © Kim Weston 2017.
Where will we shoot?
Holz Farm: http://www.holzfarm.net/
How do I register?
What kind of camera and equipment should I bring?
- Whatever camera you are comfortable with –– film, digital, or both
- We recommend a tripod
- Film if you use a film camera
- Camera Cards
- Computer, external drive, cords, chargers
- Reflectors if you have them
- Any clothes or props you want to shoot with
What should I wear?
- Bring waterproof hiking boots (or old sneakers if you want to wet-wade), extra socks, a rain poncho, and a hat.
- Wear layers.
- Bring bug spray.
Should I bring samples of my work?
Yes! We encourage you to bring 5-8 of your favorite prints or digitized images to share.
What level of experience should I have?
You should know your way around your own camera. We won’t teach you to use it. Beyond that, all levels, from professional to amateur.
Who are the models?
Professional models hired by George and Kim.
How long will I have to shoot?
About 4.5 hours each day, totaling 9 hours.
Will you provide a model release?
Should I tip the models?
We highly encourage tipping.
How many other photographers will be shooting each model?
We guarantee a ratio of 3 photographers per each model.
Are there bears there? Will I see a bear?
Yes, and probably.
Where do I stay?
- Local favorites:
- The Graham http://www.thegrahamandco.com/
- Phoenicia Belle http://www.phoeniciabelle.com/
- Phoenicia Lodge http://www.phoenicialodge.com/
- The Emerson http://emersonresort.com/
- Foxfire https://www.foxfiremountainhouse.com/
- Simpler Times Cabins http://simplertimescabins.net/
- Woodland Valley Campgroundhttp://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/24501.html
- Hotel Dylan http://thehoteldylan.com/
- Additional food, lodging, and area info:
Which is the closest?
The Woodland Valley Campsite is walking distance to the farm. The Phoenicia Belle, The Phoenicia Lodge, the Graham, and Simpler Times Cabins are all in the town of Phoenicia, which is 10 minutes down the road from Holz Farm.
How far is it from Holz Farm to Phoenicia?
Do you provide food?
We’ll provide a meal on Saturday night. You should bring lunch and a snack on Saturday and Sunday.
Where’s the nearest airport?
Stewart/Newburgh is closest, but direct flights are limited. Albany is next, followed by Newark. You can also fly into LaGuardia or JFK.
How do I get there by bus?
Adirondack Trailways goes straight to Phoenicia from Port Authority.
Will you pick us up?
Not from the airport. But we will pick you up in town if you take the bus to Phoenicia.
Can I use your car?
Can I bring a friend?
Not to the actual shoots. But you may bring a guest to the dinner on Saturday.
What’s your cancellation policy?
- If you need to withdraw from a workshop, you must inform us at least 60 days prior to the first day of the workshop, and we will refund your full tuition, less a $300 registration fee. After the cutoff date a refund will only be made if a qualified replacement is found.
- Notification of cancellation due to low enrollment will be made at least 14 days before the beginning of class. For this reason, we encourage you to buy refundable airline tickets and trip cancellation insurance.
- We are not responsible for any fiscal loss of airline tickets/hotel reservation.
WAIVER OF LIABILITY
The Holz Photographic Workshops, The Holz Farm, George Holz Photography Inc. and their affiliates, employees, and family members shall have no responsibility or liability for personal injury to any participant or damage to any participant’s property, or for personal injuries or damage to the property of any other person resulting from the participant’s involvement in the workshop.
The Holz Photographic Workshops has the right to cancel any workshop and to alter the time, context, or format of any workshop in the event circumstances require. In the event a workshop is cancelled for any reason, the extent of the Workshops’ liability is limited to the return of all fees and deposits paid.
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