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Seeing Appalachia - HARLAN COUNTY

Pine Mountain Settlement School 36 Highway 510 | Pine Mountain, KY 40810 Telephone  606-558-3571

Pine Mountain Settlement School
36 Highway 510 | Pine Mountain, KY 40810
Telephone  606-558-3571

Schedule of Events

Malcolm Wilson

Seeing Appalachia – A Basic Digital Photography Workshop

October 18 - 22, 2017

The Digital Photography workshop, led by Harlan County native Malcolm Wilson, will begin on Wednesday, October 18 and ends Sunday, October 22. Wilson currently resides in Blackey, Kentucky where he owns and manages Pix and PR, a photography, design and marketing firm. With a unique approach to brand awareness, Wilson's work has garnered regional and national recognition for his diverse client base.

Wilson is the founder/editor/publisher of Humans of Central Appalachia (HOCA), a social media photography/oral history project in the tradition of, while standing apart from, Humans of New York. HOCA is the third largest "Humans of..." project in the United States. Based upon percentages of Facebook page likes, HOCA is also the fastest growing project of its kind in the world. HOCA profiles Appalachians via recorded interviews and black and white photographs and presents them on the HOCA Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram. The mantra of HOCA is, "To hear the honest story of Appalachia, ask an Appalachian. Mountain stories told by those that live them."

Wilson has been shooting photographs for more than 36 years. He worked as a commercial photographer in Cincinnati for 18 years, serving both urban Appalachian organizations as well as high-profile commercial clients.

Arguably, Wilson's most impactful work can be found among the hundreds of thousands of his mages that document life in Appalachia and the Appalachian Mountains. From ministers to musicians, miners to moonshiners and mountains to mushrooms, Wilson has used his vision and his art to ensure that the story of Appalachia and its people gets told, and told truthfully.

In 1991, Wilson became the first photographer selected to exhibit at the Kennedy Center, showing work created as a complementary project to "The Kentucky Cycle," winner of the Pulitzer Prize for drama. He also provided the major photography for the critically-acclaimed book, Up from the Mines.

Over 250,000 images from Wilson's early Appalachian documentary work are currently housed in the Appalachian archives of Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College in Cumberland, Kentucky.

The workshop will focus on how to take good photos with digital cameras, including photo composition, lighting, and the basics of camera settings. Participants will also learn how to prepare photos and files for printing, archival display or email. The workshop will also include critiques of student work. As an added bonus, students will be will be printing, matting and hanging an exhibit with a public reception on Saturday evening!

Participants must bring their own digital camera, lenses, etc. Computers are not necessary. Participants will be working outside in the field shooting photos primarily as a hands on workshop.

The cost is $375 and includes meals from Wednesday dinner through Sunday lunch, 4 nights lodging, and instruction.

There will be an additional small fee due at the workshop for printing and matting supplies.

Pine Mountain offers various lodging options. Far House is a large five bedroom cabin which is open to adults only. Laurel House, the School's central building, has six bedrooms which are open to adults only. Hill House, formerly used as the clinic, has three bedrooms upstairs and three bedrooms downstairs. West Wind, the School's dormitory, offers rooms with two beds, three beds (one single and one bunk bed), and four beds (two bunk beds.) The shared men's and women's bathrooms are located on each floor.

Single rooms are available upon request. Linens are furnished.

All buildings at Pine Mountain are smoke-free. Pets, firearms, drugs and alcohol are not permitted on School property.

Meals are served in the Laurel House dining room. When possible, the School serves organic vegetables grown on campus and those purchased from local growers. Vegetarian meals are available upon request.

Advance Deposit
A non-refundable advance deposit of $100.00 per person is required at the time of registration and will apply to the total cost of the event. Lodging is not guaranteed without deposit. 

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