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How To Work with Text and Image in a Photobook with Nicholas Muellner


22 May 2020

Friday, 22 May 2020
Milan 6pm / London 5pm / NYC 12 noon / Los Angeles 9am / Shanghai 12 midnight
2-hour Masterclass
Live on Zoom

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Writer and photographer Nicholas Muellner will explore the relationship between text and image in photobooks. Starting from iconic and obscure examples from the history of literature, photography and journalism, Muellner will address the forms and conventions of the image-text relationship as a source of inspiration and a point of departure or subversion.
Muellner will then consider his own process of writing, photographing and image-language synthesis, using his long form book projects, including The Amnesia Pavilions, In Most Tides an Island and The Photograph Commands Indifference as intimate case studies.

Nicholas Muellner is an artist who operates at the intersection of photography and writing. Through books, exhibitions and slide lectures, his projects investigate the limits of photography as a documentary pursuit and as an interface to literary, political and personal narratives. His five published books include Lacuna Park: Essays and Other Adventures in Photography, The Amnesia Pavilions and In Most Tides an Island, which was shortlisted for the Aperture/Paris Photo Photobook of the Year. In addition to solo exhibitions in the US and Europe, his writings have been published by MACK, Aperture, Afterimage, Triple Canopy, Art Journal and Routledge. Muellner has performed slide lectures internationally, including at MoMA P.S.1, Carnegie Museum of Art, the Photographers Gallery, and the Museum of Contemporary Photography. His work has been supported by the 2018 Guggenheim Fellowship in Photography, the John Gutmann Fellowship and residencies at the MacDowell and Yaddo Colonies, among others. Muellner received a BA in comparative literature from Yale University and an MFA in Photography from Temple University. He is associate professor and co-director of the Image Text MFA and Press at Ithaca College.

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