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The Provocative Photograph: Crafting Compelling Visual Narratives with Holly Lynton (Online Learning – Six Sessions)

  • September 12, 2022
    10:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • September 15, 2022
    10:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • September 19, 2022
    10:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • September 22, 2022
    10:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • September 29, 2022
    10:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • October 3, 2022
    10:00 am - 12:00 pm

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© Photo by Holly Lynton


Online Learning Class via Zoom

Have you ever connected with a photograph on a psychological or visceral level? It’s possible you may not even be aware of it. Great photographs often connect with our subconscious, producing a response that although pleasing to the eye, resonates deeper under the surface.

This workshop will provide participants with innovative strategies to produce images that are provocative, enigmatic, and lyrical. Students will learn how to depict people, places, and histories in unprecedented ways. Reconsidering their roles as storytellers, students will develop new methods that transform viewers into active participants in the narrative and will learn how to tell complex stories. The learning process will be centered around a storytelling project created through a combination of in-class development and outside class assignments. Holly Lynton will describe how research and archival exploration play an important role in effectively describing the places and communities that become the subject of her projects. In addition, Holly will provide tips on how to gain permission for making photographs in new and exciting territories. Classroom critiques and close examination of the work made will provide important feedback for students progressing along their learning curve.

Open to photographers of all levels, this workshop will reframe the way you think about visual storytelling, leaving you with a new perspective and a new set of techniques to craft compelling photographic narratives.

This course is strictly limited to 10 students.

Holly Lynton (, was born in Boulder, Colorado and was raised both there and in New York City. Her photographs focus on understanding rural communities in the United States through their agricultural history, current industry, and ritual. The images she creates underscore the importance of having unmediated experiences with the natural world. In a new project, she examines the intersection of faith, history, and the environment.

Lynton received a BA in Psychology in 1994 from Yale University, where she also studied photography. She received an MFA in Photography from Bard College in 2000. Lynton’s photographs have been exhibited internationally and can be found in the collections of the Lowe Art Museum at the University of Miami, the Center for Creative Photography at the University of Arizona, The Fidelity Collection, and the Yale University Art Gallery, where they were on view during the 2021 exhibition On the Basis of Art: 150 Years of Women at Yale.

Lynton has been a Visiting Lecturer at Amherst College in Massachusetts and the Aegean Center for the Fine Arts in Paros, Greece, and a Mentor to MFA students at the New Hampshire Institute of the Arts.

Lynton has received numerous awards and grants including The Aaron Siskind Individual Photographer’s Fellowship, the Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship, the Syngenta Photography Award, and an Artist Resource Trust Grant. She has been a finalist for the Maud Morgan Prize, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the St Botolph Distinguished Artist Award. Yale University recently awarded her a postdoctoral research fellowship at the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition for her series on Methodist Camp Meetings in South Carolina. This body of work is currently on view at the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University.

Lynton has received commissioned assignments from numerous publications including the University of Mississippi, the New York Times, the Guardian, the New Yorker, and Bloomberg Businessweek. Her photographs have been featured and reviewed in The New Yorker, Harvard Design Magazine, The Miami Herald, The New York Times, The Village Voice, Preview Massachusetts, Oxford American, Southern Cultures Journal, ARTnews and The Boston Globe.

NOTE: This is classified as a “Special Guest” workshop. We advise you to read the “Special Guest Refund Policy” HERE before enrolling.

A link for the Zoom class meeting will be emailed to the attendees prior to the start date. Please read the instructions included in the email. If you have additional questions please contact Kevin Weinstein or Janis McGavin at

Six Sessions
Dates: Six sessions, Mondays and Thursdays, Sept 12 – Oct 3, 10 am – 12 pm PST (no mtg. 9.26)
Enrollment Limit: 10 students
Skill/Experience Level: Open to all levels
Tuition: $675

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