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“Never Fear” Photography Workshops

                                               master classes with Jim Friedman


• “Never Fear” Workshops will jump-start you into initiating new projects and into trying new photographic strategies.

 • “Never Fear” Workshops will motivate those of you who are creatively stuck, reinvigorate your passion for image making and tune-up your photography.

 • “Never Fear” Workshops will provide expressive photographers with critical information for submitting their work to galleries, juried exhibitions, competitions and grants.

Join me for a photographic weekend in a sacred forest filled with art, wildflowers, perennials, a ravine, stream, labyrinth, meandering paths, sleepy country roads, and an taciturn covered bridge – all waiting for your photographic interpretation whether realistic, abstract or something in-between.

The weekend will begin with a wine/cheese gathering on Friday, followed by a full day of photography/discussion on Saturday and a half-day on Sunday.  Assignments will be tailored to fit the individual needs of each photographer.

Meals are included, with the exception of a group dinner on Saturday at a local restaurant.  Overnight accommodations, if needed, are available within walking distance or a 10-minute drive; Columbus is located 30 minutes to the south. 

I am offering three workshops in 2016:

June 17, 18, 19          August 12, 13, 14         September 23, 24, 25

Please see details below for more information.  Feel free to contact me with questions at

My approach:

I do not teach photographers to make pictures like I do.  Rather, I assist you in discovering your specific interests in photography, and guide your work toward excellence.  I provide articulate, helpful and insightful responses that are designed to improve your photography, and deepen your relationship to the medium.


Although I require no formal training in photography, or undergraduate or graduate degrees, participants must have a solid knowledge of the technical demands of the medium. These workshops will not be technique-centered experiences but rather will focus on unleashing your personal creative process.

Admission to the workshop is based on a portfolio review and a discussion of the applicant's personal goals in photography.

“Never Fear” Photography Workshop Schedule


 7-9 pm - wine/cheese gathering with illustrated lecture


 8 - 9 am:  continental breakfast; pre-breakfast shoot available on grounds

9 am-12n:  group critique and discussion of participants’ photographs

12n-1 pm:  lunch (portable if participants want to eat/photograph in field)

1 - 6pm:  field trip: exploring and completing assignments

7 pm – carpool to local restaurant for group dinner (individual responsibility)


 8-9 am: continental breakfast; pre-breakfast shoot available on grounds

9 am-12n: group critique on photography and Saturday assignments; closing

I am offering three workshops in 2016:

June 17, 18, 19          August 12, 13, 14         September 23, 24, 25

Workshop Fee: $350 (includes meals with the exception of a group dinner)

To sign up for a workshop, contact me with the dates you’ve selected at At that time we’ll talk about your goals and the details for an online portfolio review.

A $50 non-refundable deposit is required 2 weeks prior to the selected workshop; the balance is due no later than the Friday evening of the chosen workshop.

Location:  Sanctuary for The Arts, 8641 Porter Central Rd, Sunbury, Ohio

Lodging: Participants are responsible for lodging if needed; several options are available at Autumn Lakes Campsites and Camping ( located across the road from Sanctuary for the Arts. Autumn Lakes offers cabins with showers, flush toilets and air conditioning, shanties, tent camping, RV sites and great drinking water.

Lodging is also available at several hotels located at Exit 131 interchange of I-71 and Route 37, a ten-minute drive from Sanctuary for The Arts.

I look forward to hearing from you,


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In the early days of my photographic education, I worked as assistant to Imogen Cunningham in San Francisco ( and studied with Minor White in graduate school at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (

My photographs of Andy Warhol were selected for exhibit at the Columbus Museum of Art, in Keeping Pace: Eva Glimcher and Pace/Columbus.  The exhibit, from October, 2015-January, 2016, included works by Warhol, Dubuffet, Nevelson, Stella, Samaras and Dine as part of the inaugural exhibits of the newly-renovated Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, Ohio.

In October 2016, 30 dye transfer color photographs from my series, "12 Nazi Concentration Camps" will be exhibited at the Skirball Museum as part of Cincinnati’s FotoFocus Biennial 2016.

Twice, I’ve been nominated for the "Excellence in Photographic Teaching Award" that honors outstanding international teachers of photography, administered by Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and acknowledged for the excellence of my teaching by The Ohio State University.

Former students have been awarded at least 10 grants or fellowships for the excellence of their photography from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ohio Arts Council and the Greater Columbus Arts Council


·      Recipient of the Aaron Siskind Foundation Individual Photographer’s Fellowship (selected from 800 international applicants)

·      Recipient of 5 Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist’s Fellowships in Photography

·      Recipient of 3 Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Awards in Photography, including an award in 2015

·      Recipient of the Governor’s Award for the Arts in Ohio as an Individual Artist

·      Recipient of 2 Greater Columbus Arts Council Individual Artist’s Fellowships

·      The National Foundation for Jewish Culture awarded a grant to The Ohio State University Gallery of Fine Art to travel nationally my solo exhibition, 12 Nazi Concentration Camps. 

·      12 Nazi Concentration Camps traveled throughout the United States and Canada from 1988-2002 as part of Visual Studies Workshop’s traveling exhibitions program.

 Comments about my teaching:

"I have benefited more in these past few months studying with you than I did in four years of undergraduate school as a photography major. Thank you so much.”Merrilee Luke Ebbeler, Cincinnati, Ohio

"Jim Friedman is also the best sort of art teacher. When I was chairperson of the Department of Photography and Cinema at Ohio State during the time that Jim was a professor there, I witnessed his total commitment to the mission of teaching: it was a life-changing experience for many young artists, and an inspiration for his colleagues. His teaching has challenged photographers to find what is original and genuine within their own makeup and in their interactions with the world; his students have excelled in their photographic work, but not by reproducing Friedman’s style and subject matter."—J. Ronald Green, Professor Emeritus, History of Art, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio

"If you are a student of photography, willing to work at your craft and art, Jim Friedman is among the best teachers, if not the best, on the planet."—Ted Rice, award-winning fine art and editorial photographer, Principal: Resonant Action Coaching and Development, performer in Six Miles to Nellie, Mount Vernon, Ohio

"Through his expert teaching, Jim changed how I saw the world but, more importantly, how I saw myself."—Joel Slayton, Professor, Department of Art and Art History, San Jose State University, San Jose, California