About Photography Atelier

Photography Atelier, now in its fourteenth year, is a portfolio-building course for emerging and advanced photographers taught by Karen Davis with assistance from Meg Birnbaum and offered this year through the Seminar Series in the Arts, The Art Institute of Boston (AIB) at Lesley University.

Instruction in the Atelier includes presentations and discussions which consider contemporary trends in photography; assignments designed to encourage experimentation in both subject matter and approach; and group critiques to help each participant edit their work to create a strong portfolio. Students’ work appears on the Photography Atelier website: www.photographyatelier.org and in an annual exhibition.

Images made with film or digital media—SLRs, plastic cameras, cell phones, and alternative methods are welcome. In addition to portfolios, other final formats such as photobooks and mixed and multi-media works are encouraged.

We are pleased to announce the next Photography Atelier will start in Fall, 2011 at the Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester MA. For more information about the exhibition and the next Atelier, contact Karen: karen@yesthatkarendavis.com or visit www.photographyatelier.org.

Instructor: Karen Davis

Karen Davis is a photographer, book artist, and teacher. She.has taught photo-based and word-image courses in the Seminar for the Arts Series, Art Institute of Boston/Lesley University, Lesley Seminars, Radcliffe Seminars, Tufts University and Suffolk University and marketing for artists at Lesley Seminars and the Griffin Museum of Photography.

Her work is featured at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA), the Boston Drawing Project/Caroll and Sons Gallery, the Clark Gallery, Lincoln, MA and in the collections of the Center for Photography at Woodstock (CPW) housed at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, Lishui Museum of Photography (China) and the Houghton Rare Books Library, Harvard University.

In 2009 she received the Artists Fellowship Award from the CPW and exhibited at the Lishui International Photography Festival, China, and the Bromfield Gallery, Boston, MA. In 2008 her series, “The McCann Family,” was exhibited at the Griffin Museum of Photography, and her book, “The McCann Family,” published by blurb, was selected as a “Staff Pick.” Her “Visual Memoir” project appeared in the 2006 inaugural issue of The Women’s Review of Books and she received the Director’s Prize in the CAA National Prize Show. In 2005, three of her photographs were exhibited in “hrlm: pictures” at the Studio Museum in Harlem.

Davis is co-director of the Davis Orton Gallery, Hudson NY.

Course Assistant: Meg Birnbaum

Meg Birnbaum is a fine art photographer and graphic designer specializing in publication design. She has assisted Karen Davis in the Photography Atelier at Lesley University for 4 years. In 2009 they co-taught a class in how to make your own photography book online. She also taught illustration at Montserrat College of Visual Arts.

Meg's work is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Fine Art, Houston and the Lishui Museum of Photography. She had a solo exhibition at Gallery Tantotemo in Kobe, Japan, the Davis Orton Gallery and in a satellite gallery of the Griffin Museum of Photography. Her work has been juried into many national photography competitions.



Edith G. Clifford

Patricia Garrity

Suzanne Hanson

Wilson L. Hunt, Jr.

Martha Lazarus

Linda Rogers

Andrea Rosenthal

Gail Samuelson

Dianne J. Schaefer


Karen Davis

Course Assistant

Meg Birnbaum