24PearlStreet Workshops and Events

Joanne Dugan The Image & the Word: a Collaborative Workshop for Writers & Photographers Multi-Genre October 24 to November 18, 2022 Number of Participants: 15 Price: $650.00 Format: 4 Week Asynchronous Workshop


It’s been said that a picture is worth a thousand words. Yet the addition of photographs to text yields surprising results that can greatly deepen the impact of poetry, narrative and other written forms. The text/image form, as described by artist Duane Michals exists “not to tell you what you can see, rather to express what is invisible.”

This highly experimental workshop will encourage and inspire students to combine text and image to create stories in a new way. You will use quick weekly prompts to write words about photographs and make photographs about words, using your own original work, as well as responding to the work of others. New reference materials and prompts will be introduced and previous students of this class are welcome to come and create all new work, building on what was done before.

We will also review the practices of master artists and authors who successfully combine words and photographs. You will leave with a broad understanding of the form and how it can enhance an existing creative practice. No previous photography experience is necessary (feedback is tailored for all levels). Assignments can be done with an iPhone, Android device, or the camera of your choice.

Optional LIVE elements: The instructor will hold optional individual Zoom meetings with students during the third week of class. There will also be an optional informal class gathering on the last day of the workshop.


Joanne Dugan is an interdisciplinary artist, photographer, and author who explores the intersections between photography, writing, and mindfulness. Her work has been exhibited in the US, UK, Europe, and Asia and been published in the New York Times T Magazine, the Harvard Review, Unseen and Photograph magazines, among others. Dugan’s work has been published in seven books combining image and text and is in the library collections of the J. Getty Museum, the LA County Museum of Art, the George Eastman House and the International Center of Photography. She is represented by Kopeikin Gallery in Los Angeles and Black Box Projects in London, UK.

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