My Teaching Philosophy
January 21-21, 2012
My teaching philosophy is simple… to guide, challenge and inspire you into fulfilling your photographic goals. In doing this I want to help you develop your individual way of seeing… to help you define your own “visual fingerprint”.
What to expect from me…
Honesty, encouragement and frankness. For me, photography is a process of discovery. Not only a discovery of what you select to shoot but how you select to do it. Through critiques and discussions, I will work to try and help you strengthen your style as well as help you increase your sensitivity to light and it’s relationship to color. And, how best to record it.
What I expect of you…
Passion, commitment and a willingness to try new things. A workshop is a brief, intense learning experience. Like anything else, it will only be as good as what you put into it. But if you come prepared to work…. the fun will follow. Stepping out of your comfort zone will only enhance your ability move toward your next step. If all goes as planned by the end of our time together, we should be drained physically and emotionally, but much better for it.
The Color Moment: A Master Class (SOLD OUT... sign up for waitlist)
October 16-21, 2016, San Miguel de Allende Mexico
The great color photographer Ernst Haas once said, “The decisive moment in black and white is not the same in color. Each needs awareness in seeing and, because of this, a different discipline.” This workshop is for photographers who want to heighten their awareness of seeing in color and record those distinctive color moments. Through daily assignments, critiques and discussions, participants acquire new techniques to help them become more sensitive to light, color and composition, as well as learning to capture those fleeting instants when all the elements come together. The week begins with a review of each photographer’s images and a discussion of personal goals. In addition to addressing the aesthetics of the color moment, Arthur leads group critiques and spends individual time with each participant addressing their photography. Besides showing examples of his own work to illustrate concepts and ideas, Arthur guides participants in applying their unique vision of the world to help develop and refine an individual style for creative fulfillment and success. Daily assignments in the field put classroom techniques into practice and allow us to take advantage of the stunning light and colors of Mexico. Upon departing, participants will have a greater appreciation for color, a stronger awareness of their personal vision and strengths as well as an enhanced sensitivity in capturing the “decisive moment” in color.
This class, initially designed as a sequel to my other workshop, The Color of Light, will be limited to only 10 participants.
More details, itinerary and costs coming soon. Contact the Santa Fe Workshops.
Picturing Oriente: Santiago de Cuba, Baracoa, and Bayamo (SOLD OUT)
December 01-13, 2016, Cuba
The eastern half of Cuba, known as The Oriente, is often considered Cuba’s most interesting region because of its physical beauty, its cultural diversity, and its historical significance. Surprisingly, it is also the region of the country least traveled to by visitors. With its Afro-Cuban origins and its history as the cradle of Cuba’s numerous revolutionary movements, The Oriente offers photographers endless opportunities to discover and experience the unexplored Cuba. After five years exploring Havana and the western half of Cuba, Santa Fe Photographic Workshops now offers programs to the quieter and less traveled part of the island. This 12-day journey—led by frequent Cuba traveler Arthur Meyerson and our Cuba Program Director, Kip Brundage—provides a rich cultural and photographic experience. In addition to Arthur and Kip, local Cuban photographers join the trip to offer their insights and knowledge of the region as well as their local contacts. As always, Kip leads “dawn patrols” most mornings. Our educational program starts on Thursday evening, December 1, in Miami with a group orientation meeting led by Arthur and Kip. We fly from Miami to Santiago de Cuba early the next morning and spend the first three nights at the Hotel Casa Granda, exploring the urban life of Cuba’s second largest city. Santiago de Cuba is the island’s most exotic and ethnically diverse city—more Caribbean than Cuban. Religion, music, and dance dominate the cultural scene of this coastal gem and are the focus of our photographic excursions. In addition, a delightful ferry ride to visit the fishing village on the nearby island of Cayo Granma is a photographic treat. Leaving behind the vibrant, big-city energy of Santiago de Cuba, we travel by motor coach along the breathtaking La Farola and are transported back in time to Baracoa—in the isolated, beautiful and laconic area of Cuba where Christopher Columbus on his first voyage. The gentle, old-world atmosphere of this lushly Caribbean seaside town offers a welcome contrast to our previous urban experiences. Meeting and photographing the local people and their frontier culture, visiting coconut farms, and river walks up Rio Miel and Rio Yumri are the highlights of our four-night stay at Hotel El Castillo in picturesque Baracoa. On Friday, we travel back to Santiago de Cuba to photograph Parque Gran Piedra, a coffee plantation, and specially arranged cultural events. We depart Santiago on Sunday, traveling west along the beautiful highway through El Cobre to Bayamo, the capital city of the Granma Province. Founded in 1513 by Diego Velázquez and steeped in the history of Cuba’s past rebellions, the Bayamo of today is a quiet and peaceful city where the main modes of transportation are horse-drawn carriages and bicycles. We stay two nights at Hotel Sierra Maestra, photographing the landmarks of Bayamo’s revolutionary past and meeting its residents in parks and markets. A day trip to the coastal city of Manzanillo to explore and photograph its port city scenes ends our trip on a picturesque high note. We celebrate our Oriente adventure together with a final group dinner and image presentation in Bayamo and depart the next morning for the flight back to Miami from Holguin. - See more at: https://santafeworkshops.com/workshop/picturing_oriente_cuba/#sthash.HMyX4QEZ.dpuf
The Color Moment: A Master Class
March 12-17, 2017, Santa Fe Workshops Santa Fe, NM
The great color photographer Ernst Haas once said, “The decisive moment in black and white is not the same in color. Each needs awareness in seeing and, because of this, a different discipline.” Join Arthur Meyeson for a compelling new master class, limited to only 12 participants, designed to heighten your awareness of color so you can successfully capture those distinctive moments. Santa Fe—rich in color, texture, culture, and history—is our spectacular setting for more deeply exploring color photography. Our week begins with a review of each participant's images and a discussion of personal goals. Through daily assignments and discussions, participants acquire new techniques to sensitize themselves to light, color, and composition, while learning to capture those fleeting instants when all the elements converge, resulting in creative fulfillment and success. Arthur shows examples of his own work to illustrate concepts and ideas while guiding participants in applying their unique vision of the world to the development and refinement of their individual style. In addition to addressing the aesthetics of the color moment, Arthur leads group critiques and spends individual time with each participant addressing their work. In the field, we put classroom techniques into practice as we take full advantage of the stunning light and colors of Santa Fe. You depart your week with Arthur with a greater appreciation for color, a stronger awareness of your own personal vision and strengths, and an enhanced sensitivity to capturing “decisive moments” in color. - See more at: https://santafeworkshops.com/workshop/the_color_moment_a_master_class_2/#sthash.y4kQA5Kk.dpuf
This will be Arthur's 25th year teaching at the Santa Fe Workshops.
Camaguey: The Color Of Cuba
April 07-15, 2017, Camaguey, Cuba
Warm tropical light envelopes all as it sweeps across Camagüey at sunrise; lush city parks are ablaze with April foliage; pastel-colored homes surprise around every bend in the city’s maze of winding streets; and the rich patina of 1950’s vintage American cars infuse Cuba’s third largest city with an explosion of color.
Camagüey provides the perfect backdrop to explore color photography and discover Cuba at this tipping point in its fascinating march towards permanent change. Master color photographer and frequent Cuba traveler, Arthur Meyerson, leads this new educational program to Cuba, one that combines the soul of a workshop with the intoxicating discovery of traveling to a new destination.
Intermixed with daily group excursions to discover the heart and soul of Camagüey are photographic lessons and image reviews to strengthen your ability to see color and capture it in your images. You enjoy the freedom to create your own images of colorful Cuba and its gracious people without daily assignments to burden your focus, but benefit from Arthur’s knowledge and advice as a photographer and teacher. Helping you establish your unique vision of Camagüey is one of Arthur’s goals in working with each traveler during the week.
In alliance with Cuba’s premier photographic organization, Fototeca de Cuba, and its director, Nelson Ramírez, our eight-day, U.S. government-approved educational program offers a cultural exchange with the Cuban people as well as a rich photographic educational experience with Arthur. To offer you unparalleled access to the inhabitants and culture of Camagüey, two English-speaking, Cuban photographers serve as your local guides and translators.
“I fell in love with Cuba the very first time I set foot there in 2011,” Arthur says. “The sights, the sounds, the smells, and the color captivated me from the start. The Color of Cuba is my ninth trip to the island and my first to Camagüey. As with any new location, I’m super excited to discover the new photographic possibilities with you.”- See more at: https://santafeworkshops.com/workshop/the-color-of-cuba-camaguey/#sthash.95fY1Pev.dpuf
Japan: Along The Cherry Blossom Trail Photo Tour
April 18-30, 2017, Japan
It is impossible to think of springtime Japan without an iconic image of a sea of cherry trees awash with perfect pink blooms instantly coming to mind. Cherry blossoms, or sakura, are an integral part of the Japanese cultural fabric and this expedition is designed to explore all its aspects. However, this is not just a trip for flower aficionados. Rather, Arthur Meyerson and George Nobechi have designed a unique itinerary that delves deeper into Japanese culture. This magical 12-night journey follows the cherry blossom trail north from the Tohoku Region of Honshu Island (the main island) into Hokkaido by train. From Yamadera, a small village in a mountainous location in southern Tohoku, to Hakodate, a beautiful coastal city known for its seafood and sweeping views of two seas, we take advantage of Japan's rail network to cover the most ground through a variety of inspiring locations, including Akita’s famous cherry walk. Heavier bags are transported forward, leaving us free to travel light, and the pacing of our journey is slow enough to give you ample time to photograph at your own pace. And there is indeed much to photograph beyond cherry blossoms. Our trail leads us to preserved samurai mansions, cliff-top temples, moats and castles, awe-inspiring landscapes, fabulous food, and welcoming people. Hanami is the tradition of “flower appreciation picnics” under the cherry blossoms and typically stoic Japanese people let loose during this special time. We encounter festivals, dancing, impromptu karaoke, and all types and forms of celebration across all ages. Along the way, Arthur and George provide guidance, instruction, feedback, and one-on-one and group critique sessions. - See more at: https://santafeworkshops.com/workshop/along-the-cherry-blossom-trail/#sthash.AsATfutO.dpuf
The Color of Light on Whidbey Island
June 05-09, 2017, Coupeville, WA
Arthur's 8th year teaching in this idyllic location on Whidbey Island off the coast of Seattle. Small towns, rolling hills, beautiful farms, miles of seashore, ferry rides to neighboring islands are all included in this week guaranteed to move your photography to the next level. For more information contact PNW Arts Center: email@example.com
The Color of Light in Maine
July 16-21, 2017, Maine Media Workshops Rockport, Maine
Develop and refine your ability to see in color while increasing your perception toward light and creating new and exciting photographs. Through shooting assignments, critiques, discussions and one-on-ones, participants acquire the techniques needed to become more sensitive to light and its effects on color, composition, texture, design and seeing.
This will be Arthur's 9th year teaching in this idyllic place so join him for what promises to be a very special week. Contact the Maine Media Workshops: 877-577-7700
QUOTES FROM FORMER STUDENTS
April 30-December 31, 2016
"I had the opportunity to first meet Arthur at his "Color of Light" workshop in Vancouver several years ago followed more recently while attending his "Color Moment" course in San Miguel, Mexico. It was during both of these occasions that I had a chance to experience firsthand the work of the legendary commercial photographer turned educator. Gifted with exceptional photographic skill, his engaging instructional approach quickly grew upon me. No fancy photoshop footwork here. Arthur's photographic tools include a keen eye to anticipate the moment, and an impeccable sense of timing with which to capture it. Add a dash of color to the mix, and he will bring it all together with imagery that will inspire you to follow his lead. Through his endearing teaching style, Arthur will push the student of light to explore beyond that which is familiar and comfortable to the budding artist. It is his love of the medium, combined with a mastery of technical knowledge and artistic vision, that shines through when Arthur extends a guiding hand to the artist in discovering their own voice and shaping their journey down the creative path. And, all of this is done with great discipline in ensuring that the artist owns every pixel in the frame, in deference to the medium. If you are a lover of color, and want to expand your photographic horizons, then you owe it to yourself to cross paths with Arthur Meyerson, at least once in your lifetime!"- Anil Sud, Winnipeg, Canada
"Arthur has been an invaluable and integral part of my evolution from serious amateur to newly minted professional photographer. After taking two workshops with Arthur I decided that a six-month mentorship with him was exactly what I needed to help propel my photography -- and me -- to the next level. We all know what an amazing photographer Arthur is, but during my six-month journey with him I also discovered he is an amazing teacher, mentor, friend and unofficial shrink. He inspires, he challenges, he doesn’t let you get away with excuses and, as a result, he helps make you a better photographer. Arthur clearly takes his role as mentor very seriously, investing time and energy to understand what you want from your photography/as a photographer and what you need from the mentorship itself. Over the course of the mentorship, he never failed to provide insightful and constructive critiques of the images presented and he helped me understand what I do well, what I need to get better at and how to get where I want. When I go out shooting now, I feel like Arthur is always with me, like a voice in my head or a “third eye” so to speak, supporting me, urging me out of my comfort zone and making sure I watch my corners and take responsibility for every pixel. "~ Deborah Loeb Bohren, White Plains, NY
"I would highly recommend Arthur Meyerson as a teacher and mentor in photography. Arthur is patient, positive, and supportive while at the same time giving you an honest critique of your work. Nothing gets past him with regard to composition, content and exposure. Through it all, Arthur analyzes the images with great focus and attention. Not a second is wasted. He keeps to the point of discussing and critiquing the images presented, but is friendly, sincere and genuine. It is remarkable how Arthur can manage to be so perfect as a mentor. Besides the discussions and critiques, he endorses patience and love for the art of photography... a journey which he has continued for over forty years. Arthur's teaching style is relaxed and efficient and at the same time is wise and encouraging. Focus, patience, journey, love, encouragement, sharing, smiles, emotion….all come to mind and I have not even mentioned the impact of “seeing”, colour, moment, gesture and light. As a result of Arthur’s teaching, I have learned to live in the moment visually and develop an awareness of seeing the world around me." Gaye Leggat, Vancouver, B.C.
"I recently returned from Arthur Meyerson’s Alumni Symposium at Hacienda Las Trancas in Mexico. Although I have been back for two weeks now, I don’t feel like I am anywhere near to returning to “normal life”. I learned so much and experienced so much that I am sure it will take quite a while to fully assimilate. The symposium experience was truly flawless, from the accommodations to the food to the discussions and critiques. And lets not forget the participants themselves, an amazingly diverse and talented group who were a joy to be around and who shared, laughed, and learned almost as much from each other as we did from Arthur. Learning from each other is a key ingredient in Arthur’s teaching style. He has no desire to have his students go back to the world as little Meyerson clones taking Meyersonesque photographs. He analyzes his student’s work looking for the individual’s strengths and works with them to define a direction in which to move forward. His critiques, both group and one to one, are thoughtful, gentle, and honest. If you are serious about wanting to become a better photographer you can not miss with Arthur. For myself, I am already thinking about my next Meyerson experience." Bruce Van Valen, Torrington CT
"Don't let the fun loving, good ol' boy Texas affect fool you. This is one High flyin' photographer! Plus one helluva teacher! He is supportive and challenging at once. He is more about seeing and capturing within the frame, like a classic NG photographer. He is less about post production, after the fact, creating. If you are ready for the next step in your photography and can leave your ego at the door, consider Arthur Meyerson. You will not be disappointed!" Doug Kurata (PNW Arts Center Participant):
""My experience during Arthur's 'Color Of Light,' Workshop was spectacular!" The structure of the class was extremely comfortable. Everything was balanced. Balance with our daily schedule, meal times, lectures, shooting times, and class critiques, made each day flow effortlessly. That is NOT to say, that we did not have to keep 'one-pointed' on our daily assignments. Free time? I had none. We were doing photography all the time, which was a joy, indeed. It was also a joy to meet all my multi-talented, classmates, who provided me each day with their friendship, laughter, and feed-back on everyone's images, which to me, is so critically important for one's own work to pro-gress. For that, I thank them. And … among other things, 'Critiquing,' is where Arthur Meyerson, shines. I learned SO much, from his critiquing of our images. There is a fine point between making a person feel good or not so good about their artistic work. Even if your image is really poor, Arthur 'guides' everyone to probe their thinking, why they did, or did not include something, before squeezing their shutter. The result is that one learns and feels good, thus providing total encouragement to go out the next opportunity and make that perfect shot". Larry Weakly, Tacoma
"Picking an instructor for a workshop is always hard, but I can think of no one better than Arthur Meyerson. He is a simply great person to be around, particularly for a whole week. With Arthur leading the workshop, and with an eye in particular on the true colors of Iceland, you will come away with amazing photos of the people, the architecture, and the land. He will be there to help you refine your vision and, in all likelihood, you will produce several photos that will be among your favorites. I know I did. I cannot wait to take another workshop with him." James Anderson, St.Petersburg
"One of the best workshops I have taken during the last ten years. Whether you are a beginner or a more advanced photographer, Arthur meets you where you are, appreciates what is good in your work, and shows you how you improve. His feedback is clear but considerate. His presentations are very well organized and he uses many illustrations from his exceptional body of work. And he's funny. Look at his galleries and ask yourself if you would like to shoot more like he does, and if the answer is yes, take his workshop. I definitely plan to study with him again." Ed Dean, Tucson
"As a lifelong artist and educator, I have known many great artists who couldn't teach and some great teachers who were not great artists. Arthur is both an amazing and highly accomplished photographer/artist and he is also an excellent teacher. His teaching style is gentle, but firm and yet, open... he leads his students with suggestions, not directions. His critiques are not harsh but they are very honest. Above all Arthur genuinely enjoys his interaction with his students and will freely tell you that he gets as much as he gives in the process. I will definitely participate in another workshop or photo tour with Arthur if there is any way I can manage it." Bruce Van Valen, Torrington, CT
"I have participated in two of Arthur Meyerson's workshops (No, I'm not slow. OK, maybe). And though each one seemingly covered the same topic, in each one I found plenty of food for photographic thought. Former good habits learned were reinforced, new ones became ingrained. How so? When I go out shooting now I hear him grumbling in my ear: "Take responsibility for your photographs," which ensures that I try to frame well, pay attention to detail and look through the view finder critically before I push down all the way on the shutter. I think it says a lot that you can take two workshops from the same teacher and find that he was as engaging, insightful and helpful the second time as the first. On a more practical level: I have been in six workshops and I have found that Art's courses were the best-organized and the best directed." John Fried, Wayne, PA
"I have been a big Photoshop user from the first version allowing the use of technology to fix what I was not able to achieve with my camera. After taking Arthur's workshop, things clicked and I was able to create engaging moments in time by just using light, color and composition." Bob Levin, Wolfeboro, NH
"The Colour Moment Workshop with Arthur in Vancouver left me excited and energized. Arthur's ability to share his creative process and career experience inspired and challenged me! He took us seriously as photographers and professionals even in the short time he spent teaching us. I got as much out of a one day workshop as is possible, and left seeing my own photography and even graphic design work from a new perspective." Laura Kastelein, Vancouver, BC
"Arthur recognizes the personal style and vision of every photographer while he pushes you to try a different approach. In the very intense week of photographing in New Orleans, I went beyond the photo that just captures a nice moment to the photo that tells a story - a big breakthrough for me. I now want to shoot from the center of the action instead of from the other side of the street." Carole Scurlock, Pasadena, CA
"I have never been so excited about photography. Arthur has helped me take my work to a new level. As a result of this workshop I am seeing better than ever." Marybeth Flower, Ketchum, ID
"Arthur's New Orleans workshop was way more than a typical workshop. The location in a vibrant neighborhood in the middle of everything was perfect. The food, the small group interaction, and the critiques were excellent, but most importantly everyone raised their personal bar during the workshop. What a fun, intense, and productive experience!" Randy Cole, Dallas
"Going to a workshop with Arthur is always a thrill. Arthur is a funny and caring teacher that creates a supportive environment in which my photographic vision expands. But what I like best is the quality of the students that he attracts. They are always top flight photographers who further challenge me to improve. I can't wait for the next workshop." Fred Blum, San Francisco
" I thought the workshop was fantastic. Working with Arthur was a great experience that definitely enhanced my ability to create stronger, storytelling photographs. The format allows you to be as creative as you need to be to explore the concept 'sense of place'. I would do it again in a heartbeat!" Kim Opdyke, Orlando
"When I enquired about the mentorship program at Santa Fe Workshops with Arthur Meyerson, I was looking to be challenged. I needed this challenge if my photo-life was to move forward in both the technical and the ‘seeing’ aspects. From my view, Arthur’s attitude towards photography and life was fun and insightful and straightforward. For the last year I have had the amazing opportunity to work with Arthur. He has challenged me and guided me in a most positive and gentle manner, yet he is very direct which I so appreciate. He is a wise and humble man. And not only did I learn a lot about photography, I learned a lot about myself in the process. Thank you Arthur." Marie Snippa, Calgary, Alberta
"Arthur is everything a mentor should be—knowledgeable, committed, honest, considerate, responsive, enthusiastic, and encouraging. He is not only a master photographer but also has a gift for teaching, inspiring, and bringing out the best in others." Virginia Catherine Fairchild, Houston
“It has been an enormous honor, privilege and joy working with you this year! Your feedback, coaching, encouragement and standards of excellence have all greatly improved my performance as a photographer and as an artist. You’ve helped me see the potential in my work and have guided me along the path of reaching that potential. For all this, I will be forever grateful to you.” Marjorie Pierson, Durham, NC
“Under your mentorship, I have learned and developed more photographically than with anything else I have tried” Tim Frederick, Houston
“Choosing to pursue photography seriously during the course of a year’s travel made it a challenge to study the craft in any ‘traditional’ sense. Being able to undertake Arthur’s mentorship program over Skype from three different countries has been a fantastic way to consistently receive the benefit of his invaluable expertise, experience and critiques – something I would otherwise not have been able to find. While challenging at times, my sessions with Arthur greatly accelerated my (ongoing!) photographic growth, strengthened my confidence in my photographic eye and ultimately reinforced my conviction in the path I’m treading.” Nyani Quarmyne, Accra, Ghana
"Arthur is a cool guy. He can make you laugh and he can make you cuss. But most of all, he makes you want to create better images... and shows you how to do it." Dewey Ervin, Florence, South Carolina
"Exceptional photographer; exceptional teacher. Arthur Meyerson's mentoring developed my ability from taking photos into making photographs. An exceptional experience!" Larry Tawa, Costa Mesa, CA.
"Arthur helped me to sharpen my thinking as a photographer -- giving me both broad and specific insights on everything from composition, color, and technique to lens selection, shoot preparation, and the discipline of never going anywhere without my 'third eye'." Jay Heifetz, Perth, Australia