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Places and People: Developing the Deep Essay with Photographs and Words Workshop

  • 3 Cent Farm 3674 Carrs Station Road Sparta, GA, 31087 United States (map)

Fall Line Press is excited to offer its second annual workshops for artists and writers pursuing deep photographic projects with an eye towards publication. Our photography mentors this year are Rob Amberg and Bill Yates whose long careers and cult classic photobooks, Sodom Laurel Album and Sweetheart Roller Skating Rink, have set very high standards for what an extended examination of people and their places can achieve in book form. Find inspiration in the land of Alice Walker, Flannery O’Connor and Joel Chandler Harris in historic East Central Georgia, where the workshops will take place.

On Saturday, Rob and Bill will mentor photographers on a full day shoot in Sparta, GA. As participants photograph in the field and in selected venues, workshop mentors will be available for discussion, review of work and feedback as the day progresses. Participation will be limited to 12 artists on a first come first serve basis. In the evening, participants will gather for a bbq dinner at 3 Cent Farm where they will share and discuss their photographs and be given further guidance from the mentors.

The half-day publication workshop on Sunday with Fall Line’s publisher, writer and artist, William Boling, will be held at 3 Cent Farm. Guest teachers and friends will lead a small group of participants through a discussion of effective approaches to sharing art, writing and vision through publishing. Consideration will be given to a range of publishing options including artist books, self-published art and photobooks, independent presses, as well as zines, online and other traditional and non-traditional forms of publishing. Attention will be given to both the practical nuts and bolts of the process as well as the creative side.

Friday, September 29th 3 - 5pm
Registration, moonshine & tea at 3 Cent Farms

Saturday, September 30th 9am - 4pm
Full day shoot in Sparta, GA
7pm: Bbq dinner at 3 Cent Farm

Sunday, October 1st 9:30am - 12:30pm
Publishing workshop at 3 Cent Farm

Full weekend $450
Saturday Only $350
Sunday Only $175


Since moving to Madison County, North Carolina in 1973 Rob Amberg has been photographing the evolving culture and environment. Guggenheim fellow, NEH fellow and NEA fellow, Amberg has made this a lifelong project. He has previously published Sodom Laurel Album (Center for Documentary Studies at Duke and UNC Press) and The New Road (Center for American Places at Columbia College Chicago). He is currently developing a third book on the series.


Bill Yates, an MFA graduate of RISD, studied with Harry Callahan, Aaron Siskind, Garry Winogrand, and was mentored by late friend and artist/photographer William Christenberry. In 2015, he exhibited Bill Yates: Sweetheart Roller Skating Rink 1972-1973 at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans. Permanent collection holdings include High Museum, St. Petersburg MFA, Wellesley College Davis Museum, as well as private collections. His recent award winning book - Sweetheart Roller Skating Rink - was published by Fall Line Press in 2016. 

People and Places Workshop with Rob Amberg and Bill Yates
from 175.00
Earlier Event: September 28
Anthology II