In this workshop for beginner and intermediate photographers, (and advanced if you’d like to shoot some pretty cool spaces!) in conjunction with www.abandonedamerica.us, Matthew Christopher will focus on how to tackle shooting in abandoned buildings, one of the more challenging environments in which to take photographs. These spaces often have poor lighting and extreme contrasts; learning how to manage them and produce better pictures can help in a variety of other situations as well. We will cover what camera settings work best, how to compose images to get the best results, and some editing techniques that can improve your photographs.
We will photograph a total of five vacant buildings: the Max Levy Autograph Building, on Roberts Ave., as well as a group of four buildings–a gorgeous 19th century stone church and mansion on Germantown Avenue, along with a 20th century theater and school– that was sold at Sheriff’s Sale after the non-profit owner went out of business.
Please be sure to bring a tripod, a flashlight, and durable/comfortable shoes or boots.
Matthew Christopher has had an interest in abandoned sites since he was a child, but started documenting them a decade ago while researching the decline of the state hospital system. His website, abandonedamerica.us, has gained international attention and is considered one of the leading collections of images of abandoned spaces on the internet.
Matt recently completed his MFA in Fine Art Photography at Rochester Institute of Technology. He’s had gallery shows across the U.S., and lectured on abandoned spaces and mental health history for the Pennsylvania State Museum, Preservation Pennsylvania, Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, and others, and his work has been featured in several publications including Photographer’s Forum, the International Journal of Arts and Humanities and the United Nations Chronicle.
This workshop was made possible through the generous assistance of Ken Weinstein and PhilyOfficeRetail.