Winter Workshops

South x Southeast Workshops

Nashville, Tennessee

Three days of lectures, photowalks and reviews!

JANUARY 29th, 30th, and 31st

Join Us for 1 day, 2 days, or all 3!

Alison Wright, Jerry Atnip, Barbara Griffin

Friday Lecture Series

January 29th


Join us for a day of photography talks and Q&A’s, something to learn for everyone on all levels of photography …


Face to Face: Portraits of the Human Spirit

Journey around the world with documentary photographer Alison Wright as she captures the universal human spirit through her images. Alison has been to150 countries and was named a National Geographic Traveler of the Year as someone who travels with a sense of passion and purpose. Alison’s work as a humanitarian photographer inspired her Faces of Hope fund, a non-profit that helps women and children in the conflict/disaster areas that she covers ( While on assignment Alison’s life was nearly cut short in a devastating bus accident on a remote jungle road in Laos. Her inspirational story describes not only how she learned to walk again but made it to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro and now continues to live her life of passion and adventure.

Photographs Don’t Just Happen

by Barbara Griffin

Do you have a goal in mind for your photo shoot or are you just waiting for something to happen? In this energizing talk, Barbara will help you plan, pre-visualize, and produce your photo shoots for the best possible outcome.  A long time photography director who has produced thousands of photo shoots, Barbara will teach strategies designed to help you take optimal advantage of each and every shooting opportunity.

Making Dynamic Travel Photos 

by Jerry Atnip

As photographers, we are all called on to take photos of our travel adventures to record what we see and even to share our adventures with others. Jerry Atnip will walk us through techniques he has learned in his 38-year career to help make our travel images more compelling and inspiring to our viewers.

$59.50 for all day

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Saturday PhotoWalks with Alison and Jerry

Lunch provided

Dawn til Dusk

Morning: The Hermitage

Arrive 9 am at Andrew Jackson’s beautiful vintage Tennessee farm for 3 hours of shooting outdoors on the 1100 acre property including outbuildings and cabins.

Return to Nashville for a hearty lunch and to warm your toes! The Loft Apartment (SxSE Headquarters) before … 

Afternoon: Historic Downtown Nashville

Street, portrait, and architectural photography set amongst the Parthenon, the farmer’s market at Bicentennial Mall, the buskers and honky-tonks til 5 pm


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 Sunday Portfolio Reviews

10a – 5p

Working on a series, a new project, a book proposal, or just looking for insight on your portfolio as a whole? Barbara, Jerry, and Alison will review your latest work in 20-minute sessions. Feel free to strike up discussions with other photographers in the Loft living room between reviews.

$200, with 10% off for all photoclub members

Space is limited

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Alison Wright, a New York based social documentary photographer, has spent a career capturing the universal human spirit through her photographs and writing. For many of her editorial and commercial projects, Alison travels to all regions of the globe photographing endangered cultures and people while covering issues concerning the human condition.

Wright has been named a 2013 National Geographic Traveler of the Year as someone who travels with a sense of passion and purpose.

Wright is a recipient of the Dorothea Lange Award in Documentary Photography and a two-time winner of the Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Award. Wright was recently awarded “The 2014 Most Compelling Woman in the Travel Industry” by Premier Traveler magazine. She is an Explorers Club fellow and longtime member of the Association of Media Photographers (ASMP), the National Press Association (NPPA), American Society of Picture Professionals (ASPP) and the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW).

Wright’s photography is represented by the National Geographic Image Collection and has been published in numerous magazines including National Geographic, National Geographic Traveler, National Geographic Adventure, Outside, Islands, Smithsonian Magazine, American Photo, Natural History, Time, Forbes, The Oprah Magazine and The New York Times. For four years she covered the world as a photojournalist correspondent for the Travel Channel Photo Journeys website. She has traveled to 150 countries.

Alison completed her Photojournalism Degree at Syracuse University and graduated with a master’s degree focused on visual anthropology at the University of California at Berkeley, based on her years of living and working among the Himalayan cultures of Asia. She has since been leading National Geographic’s Photo Expeditions as a South East Asia expert as well as teaching many of NG’s travel photography seminars across the country.

Wright has photographed/authored nine books including “The Dalai Lama: A Simple Monk,” based on her two-decade friendship with the Dalai Lama, “The Spirit of Tibet: Portrait of a Culture in Exile,” “Faces of Hope: Children of a Changing World,” documenting the lives of children in developing countries, and three books for National Geographic on “London,” “Great Britain” and “China.” In her latest book, “Face to Face: Portraits of the Human Spirit,” Alison has created over 200 luminous and inspiring global portraits of individuals from the plateau of Tibet to the continent of Africa, celebrating the visual tapestry of humanity in all its diversity and splendor.

On January 2, 2000 Alison’s life was nearly cut short during a devastating bus accident on a remote jungle road in Laos. Wright’s recent memoir, “Learning to Breathe; One Woman’s Journey of Spirit and Survival,” chronicles this inspirational story of survival and years of rehabilitation, and her ongoing determination to recover and continue traveling the world as an intrepid photojournalist. The book details her ascent of Mt. Kilimanjaro as well as her circumambulation of Mt. Kailash in Tibet.

As an eminent inspirational public speaker, Alison is affiliated with the National Geographic Speakers Bureau as well as Speaking Matters, and has presented her captivating stories and digital photo presentation, along with exhibiting her work, to numerous schools as well as the American Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Newark Museum, Sony Corporation, The Explorers Club, Chautauqua Institution, American Society of Media Photographers, the George Eastman Kodak House, B & H Camera, the Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles and was a featured speaker in the National Geographic’s Live Masters of Photography Series.

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Barbara Griffin is Board President for Atlanta Celebrates Photography (ACP), a non-profit arts organization dedicated to the cultivation of the photographic arts and the enrichment of the Atlanta art community. ACP aims to make Atlanta a leading center for the world’s fastest growing art form, producing the largest annual community-oriented photo festival in the United States.

Formerly senior vice president of Image Management for Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., Barbara was responsible for all photography created for Turner’s entertainment, animation and news networks.  Additionally, she oversaw the Turner Photo Library, a collection of more than eight million images representing the visual history of the company.

A frequent lecturer on professional photography, she currently serves on the Advisory Council of re:imagineATL, is on the TEDXAtlanta steering committee, a member of the High Museum’s Friends of Photography group, the International Center of Photography and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.

Twitter: @barbaragriffin

Jerry Atnip has a 36-year career as a commercial and fine art photographer. He began as Partner and Creative Director of an ad agency in Nashville as well as Director of its’ photography department. His images have been published in 40 countries, and since 2003, he’s held over 85 exhibitions and been presented with over 90 awards. He is also a teacher, workshop director, curator, juror and frequent lecturer. He is on the boards of several Arts & Photography organizations.

His work has been collected by museums, corporate and private collectors and he is an Exhibiting Member of The National Arts Club in New York. Those who have curated his work include Carol McCusker, Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego, CA, Hossein Farmani, Founder of the Lucie Awards, Cig Harvey, Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University, Mac Holbert, co-founder of Nash Editions, Eli Reed, Magnum photographer, Julian Cox, Curator of deYoung Museum in San Francisco, Peter MacGill, President of Pace/MacGill Gallery in New York, Joyce Tenneson, photographer and Jane Jackson, Curator of the Sir Elton John Photography Collection.

Corporate Collectors include Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Vanderbilt University, Hungarian Multicultural Center, Shepherd Center-Atlanta, Georgia, Avenue Bank, Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC, Vanderbilt Hospital, Tennessee Bank & Trust, DIGIfoto-Czech Republic and ABC’s Nashville television series.

Selected exhibitions include Art of Photography Show, San Diego, California, National Exhibition at Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, Novato, California, Emirates Photography Exhibition, Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture & Heritage, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Px3, Prix de la Photographie Paris, Paris, France, Basundhara Arts Festival, Basundhara, Kathmandu, Miniatures, Albuquerque Museum of Art, Spectra Triennial at Silvermine Guild Arts Center, New Canaan, Connecticut, DIGIfoto Exhibition, Brno and Prague, Czech Republic, International Exhibition at Hungarian Multicultural Center, Budapest, Hungary, The Fourth Annuale Exhibition at Light Factory Museum of Contemporary Photography, Charlotte, North Carolina and 2012 Juried Exhibition at Center for Photographic Art, Carmel, California.

His first book, Gone South was published in 2011. The Guitar: An American Love Story was published in 2012 in collaboration with the Tennessee State Museum.

His work has been featured in articles by Elizabeth Avedon, John Bennette, CNN Photo blogLa Journal de la PhotographieThe Photo Reviewpdn magazine, Silvershotz magazine, Photographers Forum magazine, PhotoLife magazine, South by Southeast magazine, Folly magazine, Lenscratch magazine, Nashville Arts MagazinePhoto-EyeArtNowNashville and John Wall’s Southern Photography.

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