Defining the Personal Narrative

with Susan Burnstine

February 16-17, 2019


Finding your creative voice is one of the central goals to all working artists. In this workshop, renowned artist Susan Burnstine develops an understanding of each participants work through conversation, portfolio reviews, and probing questions that get to the heart of your creative practice. Highly personalized to each participant’s goals and work, this remarkable learning experience offers lasting tools to hone and further develop the creative voice you uniquely possess.

The cost of this two day workshop is $395

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February 16-17, 2019

San Diego, Calif.

This two-day workshop focuses on exploring and realizing individual narratives through the power of the still image. Using metaphor, symbolism and personal stories participants will learn to articulate and refine their vision in any genre of the medium, whether that be landscapes, portraits, still life, nature, abstract, photojournalism, self-portrait or documentary. As photographers, our images are deeply rooted in personal emotion despite being self-created or found scenarios.


The aim of this workshop is to guide photographers to develop an emotional understanding of each image they create, and to convey their vision in a meaningful, honest and consistent manner. Through guided conversations, reviews of participant work, and a presentation of her own fine prints and publications, Susan offers concrete tools for individuals to hone their voice and focus on specific ideas that help articulate fully realized bodies of creative work in the future. Susan’s two previous books Absence of Being and Within Shadows laid the groundwork for helping others articulate and define a clear vision for their work.

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© Susan Burnstine, Absence of Being book cover


About Susan Burnstine

Susan Burnstine is an award winning fine art and commercial photographer originally from Chicago now based in Los Angeles. Her work is represented in galleries across the world and has been widely published in print and digital formats. During her career Susan has created twenty-one handmade film cameras and lenses out of plastic, vintage camera parts, and random household objects, with single-element lenses molded from plastic and rubber. Learning to overcome their extensive optical limitations required her to rely on instinct and intuition—the same tools that are key to her creative work that interprets the artist’s dreams. She has written for several photography magazines, including a monthly column for Black & White Photography (UK). Susan is one of the few photographers avidly pursuing alternative processes to create an idiosyncratic and deeply personal visual landscape.