The Therapeutic Camera
The concept of the therapeutic camera is needed now more than ever in our society. When there is so much cultural pressure surrounding us it is essential that we listen to our own unique voice to give form to our ideas and guide us on its evolution. Photographers use the camera as a device that records forever the things ones eyes see for only a moment and in this age of cell-phone photography we are recording our surroundings more than ever. This workshop will look at the use of the camera (regardless of size) as a tool of therapy. We photograph to record what we see, how we feel, where we were (physically and psychologically) and what we have done. Sometimes the person behind the camera does not realize how much those created images tell about themselves. Through exercises and discussions the participants will begin to realize how therapeutic the camera can be and how the work created tells the maker so much about themselves.
About Willie Osterman
Willie Osterman earned a BFA and MFA in photography and is a professor and chair of Fine Art
Photography at Rochester Institute of Technology.
He has worked as a contract photographer for the Eastman Kodak Company.
His publication Deja View: A Cultural Re-Photographic Survey of Bologna, Italy is in its second edition is now out of print. During his sabbatical for the year of 2010 he received a Fulbright Scholars Award to develop a Masters Degree program and teach at the Academy of the Dramatic Arts, University of Zagreb, Croatia. He has had over eighty exhibitions in the US, Italy, Turkey, Austria, China and Croatia. His work is included, among others, in the collections of the International Museum of Photography at the George Eastman House, The Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, the University of New Mexico Museum of Art, and the Alinari Photographic Archive in Florence, Italy.