Class: Digital Photography Residency in Shanghai via SVA

In recent years, the city of Shanghai has become an integral hub for Asia’s burgeoning art and photography worlds. With a rich multicultural and cosmopolitan history that blends the East and West, Shanghai offers a unique portal into Chinese civilization that frames the city as the embodiment of China’s future. This year, the city will also play host to the Shanghai World Expo, a four-month festival of art and culture that will fill the city with a multitude of additional exhibitions and events.

This three-week residency will emphasize the exploration of Shanghai and encourage the integration of Western and Eastern photographic practices. Participants will receive insightful seminars on historical and contemporary Chinese photography, with the goal of seeing their world and their work from a more global perspective. There will be an intimate investigation of Shanghai’s contemporary art world and individual portfolio reviews by prominent members of Shanghai’s photography community will provide the opportunity to share ideas and forge new relationships with curators and gallery owners, as well as colleagues.

This program offers the opportunity and freedom for participants to expand their body of work in a new context and gain a more profound understanding of art practices and photographic content, form, color, context, taste, and limits. Shanghai’s rich history, booming economy, and worldwide artistic presence, make it the perfect city for a summer photographic residency.

Prerequisites: Two years of photography education and working knowledge of Adobe Photoshop. Students must supply their own laptop (with Adobe Photoshop installed), a digital camera capable of shooting raw files, storage media to transfer files, as well as all necessary equipment to download images from camera to laptop. Note: A portfolio of 12 jpeg images of recent work must be submitted, along with a supporting statement and completed application form. Acceptance into this program is based on a portfolio review.
Tuition includes: Housing in 3 and 4-person apartments (wifi, air conditioning, TV) in Shanghai, transportation for class field trips, guided tours focusing on sites of historical and architectural importance, optional language instruction in Mandarin for a nominal fee, use of the digital facilities on the campus of East China Normal University and all program receptions. Tuition does not include airfare to and from Shanghai or visa processing fees. Participants are responsible for acquiring their own visas from the Chinese government, more information is available here.