Before we go into our review of exactly what Visual Studies Workshop is about, we should pause for a minute to respect Nathan Lyons, the Workshop’s originator, who passed away on August 31st, 2016.
While the accompanying online journal quickly depicts Nathan’s significance in the foundation of VSW, his expansive effect on the shape and course of contemporary photography was likely more prominent than any single individual since Alfred Stieglitz.
A couple of us here at Archival Methods either contemplated with Nathan, or with those he himself prepared as picture producers and instructors. A few of us even instructed at the Workshop ourselves, including the creator of this blog.
However no words we could compose can express the profundity of this current man’s information and comprehension – his ability for imparting a feeling of request in others – so we will leave it to a portion of the individuals who realized him best.
We trust you will tap on the picture underneath to go to Visual Studies Workshop’s commemoration page committed to Nathan Lyons. There you will discover short thinks back and a photograph display which we expectation will help every one of you know the man and his work, if just quickly.
Rest in harmony, Nathan Lyons. Your soul of request will live on in all who knew you, and will be spread exponentially by the a great many lives and you have contacted.
With that, here’s our Visual Studies Workshop blog, as composed before Nathan’s demise.
Pop Quiz #1: Have you at any point known about the George Eastman Museum (once in the past known as the International Museum of Photography and Film at George Eastman House)?
No doubt, it’s that world-class exhibition hall of the photographic expressions and movies – and protection! – directly here in Rochester, NY (where the creator of this blog lives).
Pop Quiz #2: Have you at any point known about Visual Studies Workshop?
No? All things considered, for those in the world(s) – plural deliberately – of compelling artwork photography, video and film, specialists books, and instruction, Visual Studies Workshop is a comparatively storied and significant establishment for the examination and progression of the photographic expressions here in Rochester (which additionally has Archival Methods in the general neighborhood!).
The reason I’m bring Visual Studies Workshop (VSW for short) up with regards to the George Eastman Museum (GEM for short) is that the previous is frequently dominated by the last as far as name acknowledgment, yet any examination between these two significant foundations is extremely an apples and oranges similarity (see pix above).
While their center missions are centered around photography and related fields – in the entirety of their changes – the general directions that every organization pursue are in reality fundamentally unique.
Thus, how about we pause for a minute to perceive what Visual Studies Workshop is about.