Brighton Beach 2013.

instagram photograph by Karen Marshall




Welcome to my Fall 2013 Newsletter with information about workshops I am teaching and other professional developments. 


This fall the International Center of Photography will be offering online classes!  Ben Guest, Ron Haviv and I will be teaching these inaugural sessions that meet once a week for live meetings on the Internet.


One of the benefits of studying and teaching at ICP is having the support and resources of a dynamic and diverse international community. The online experience will now extend this opportunity to include those that are unable to travel to New York but want to participate. I scheduled my class with a variety of time zones in mind. Though it does not start for another month there are only a few spaces left, so I would sign up immediately to reserve your slot.


For those of you in New York this fall I will also be teaching a favorite class of mine, ‘From Intent To Edit: Establishing A Relationship With Your Work’, a terrific environment to define your overall intent as a photographer and learn more percise editing skills.



Photography Workshops

With Karen Marshall


From Intent to Edit: Establishing a Relationship with Your Work
September 30 – December 9, 2013
Monday 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM


The quest for an individual focus is frequently a difficult task for the emerging photographer. Often it is easier for photographers to take a picture than it is for them to see what they have actually produced. Knowing how to edit and refine the outcome of a shoot is fundamental to building a relationship with one’s own photography. This course helps photographers develop strategies to assess their images. Participants are encouraged to stand back, evaluate, and reflect on their work, learning how to better understand the success and clarity of their photographs. Class critiques bolster students’ ongoing relationship with their independent practice.




Developing A Personal Vision
October 2 – December 11, 2013
Wednesday 12:00 Noon-2:00 PM EST


This class offers the emerging image maker the opportunity to refine their personal voice and direction as a photographer. Students develop a framework for finding their own expression and approach, initiating discussions about generating ideas and confronting a subject matter. By focusing on the honing of editorial skills, students grasp the complexities of producing effective bodies of work.
Assignments will challenge participants to work in individual and dynamic ways; consider composition, equipment choices, media, lighting, and personal intent. Shooting and uploading images to the course page, they will share and view their results with fellow students online prior to the weekly live class critique.
Students work towards a final portfolio that will be completed and presented during the final class session.

As mentor and teacher, I have guided hundreds of beginning and advanced image-makers to expand their understanding of photography as a creative and visual tool.

I have helped photographers and organizations from around the world develop successful photography projects that are unique and powerful.

With my assistance, photographers gain clarity and better understand how to edit and sequence a group of images, thereby creating a concise visual story, portfolio, website, or exhibition.

I can work with you One to One in my studio in New York City or from afar, offering tutorials and advisement sessions via telephone, skype, or other Internet venues. I can also travel to your location for an intensive personalized One to One workshop program.

We can meet for a brief and specific period of time, or establish an ongoing and regular schedule. For long-term plans involving several sessions, I offer an advance payment terms with reduced rates. You can also combine ongoing One to One sessions with my group Living Room Critiques .

Additionally, I am always available for pay-as-you-go individual sessions.



Living Room Critiques

My living room critiques are small independent workshops that meet in my home in New York City. These sessions offer an intimate but structured environment where the photographer receives expert input and ongoing dialog with fellow photographers. This supportive setting is for photographers who enjoy working independently, but also appreciate structured critiques and group support. The sessions usually meet on a bimonthly basis for a specific period of time. If you are interested in participating in the fall 2013 sessions, please contact me ASAP for further information.



Living Room Critiques On The Road

If you are part of a creative organization or a collective of photographers which would like to commission me to teach a tailor-made workshop in your location, or serve as workshop leader for a photographic expedition to locations exotic or mundane, please contact me to discuss the details.