© Debbie Fleming Caffery 2018


DEBBIE FLEMING CAFFERY: The Long Term Personal Project: Conceive, Execute & Promote Your Story

Orientation Sunday, May 6, 4:30pm – 5:30pm

Monday, May 7th – Wednesday, May 9th 9:00am – 4:00pm.

Thursday, May 10th 9:00am – 11:00am (Optional)

Debbie Fleming Caffery, renowned for her deep, haunting and mystical black and white photographs of the human condition, offers a four-day workshop dedicated to the theme: The Long-Term Project.

During this unique workshop, Caffery will help participants identify and execute strong personal work, drawing from the students’ own portfolios and project ideas. She will present useful methods to sustain passion and creativity during the course of a long-term project, resulting in the student’s’ ability to make work that is both powerful and singular. Caffery will present her own powerful photography to the class, explaining how she comes up with project ideas and how she goes about executing her projects. She will talk about getting access to people and places and discuss how she promotes her work to publishers, galleries and museums.

Successful book and gallery / museum exhibitions usually are the result of working on the series of photographs over the course of several and oftentimes many years. It’s easy to lose direction, focus over the course of such long periods. Making powerful work over sustained periods requires intention and dedication. The idea for the work can change as new directions for the project become apparent. This class is intended for photographers who are actively engaged or planning to begin production of personal projects.  Bring your ideas, initial work or nearly completed projects for review. Attendees will learn how to identify strengths and weaknesses in ongoing projects, and how to take them to the next level.

Important to understand – this isn’t a class about shooting like Caffery – it’s understanding how having an identifiable visual language can be applied to multiple bodies of work – and how this helps to achieve the recognition at museums and galleries – and opens the possibilities for publication of your personal projects.

The class will include individual and class reviews of workshop participant’s portfolios and will include on-site and local shooting sessions designed to practice methods to best documenting story ideas.

Price: $1230

Includes class transportation and a boxed lunch for each full day of the workshop.


“I finally took the plunge this year and took a workshop…Debbie Caffery’s. She couldn’t have done more to make it an awesome experience.” – Nancy

Debbie Fleming Caffery is internationally renowned for her work in documentary photography and as a photography teacher. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, George Soros Foundation, Open Society Institute, Katrina Media Fellowship,The Lou Stoumen Award from the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego, and the Michael P. Smith Documentary Photography Award, Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities.

Her early work on the Louisiana sugar cane harvesting resulted in a book, Carry Me Home, published by the Smithsonian Press, and was the subject of a one-person show at the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. Her other books include Polly and The Shadows, both published by Twin Palms Press; The Spirit and The Flesh, published by Radius Books; and Collection L’Oiseau Rare, Filigranes Edition, France. Her work is exhibited internationally and is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Bibliotheque Nationale, The City of Paris, Fond Nationale D’Art Contemporain, the Museum Fur Kunst und Bewerbe, Germany, New Orleans Museum of Art, Ogden Museum, Harvard University, Tulane University, the Elton John Collection, and The Boston Museum of Fine Arts.