Jurupa © Karin Apollonia Müller
Karin Apollonia Müller. Photo © Georg Schreiber.
Karin Apollonia Müller. Photo © Georg Schreiber.

Tuesday, April 18: 10am-5pm
Wednesday, April 19: 10am-5pm
Thursday, April 20: 10am-5pm

Workshop Fee: $495

Only 12 spots are available.

We anticipate this workshop filling fast, so do not hesitate to make an application as soon as possible.

Photos by Karin Apollonia Müller

Karin Apollonia Müller is a photographic artist dealing with the notion of “space,” specifically the relationship of the human being to his environment. Karin Apollonia Müller’s work is known for her images of hazy streets, pastel skylines, rectangular shapes of buildings and solitary people in urban landscapes of Los Angeles. Characteristic of her photography is her bird’s eye-view. This too seems to be connected to the Rhine River barge she grew up on, where when she was a child her father built a swing on their boat. On that swing she felt buoyant.

What is landscape? What does landscape mean?

Los Angeles is one of the most exciting and intriguing cities in the world, a place whose landscapes serve as a perfect stage for a variety of unique ideas.

This workshop will be a combination of a day out-in-the-field and indoor classes.

It will focus on idea and perception. It will discuss the notion of “space” and “scape” and the tool of photography to document the world surrounding us. It will not be based on the perfect technique and will not review the fundamentals of the camera functions and exposure.

A couple of weeks beforehand you will be assigned to work on a specific subject matter. The assignment will be landscape based. So, sign up fast! You will then evolve this work with Karin Apollonia’s assistance and critique, to spark your artistic vision.

Please contact us if you have any further questions.

Full day review and discussion. Karin Apollonia Müller will give you some insights into her work. Participants will then share their previous assigned edited work and a portfolio of work from the past. Following the presentation review, critique and discussion of participants assigned work and portfolios will take place.

Field trip to the top of building rooftops. Karin Apollonia Müller will pick locations in downtown Los Angeles. You will receive some insights about how she has been working in downtown Los Angeles. You will explore and examine the notion of “space” and “light”, study contemplation and perception, work on tiny assignments and listen to some writings. In the afternoon you will walk through and explore downtown Los Angeles and find your own overviews.

In-depth viewing and editing, studying, and discussing the notion of space and light of the work made the previous day. Wrap-up critique and discussion of next steps, how to take what has been learned in the workshop and put it to further use for previous given assignment and further ideas.

Karin Apollonia Müller, born in Heidelberg, Germany, received her MFA in film and photography at the Folkwang School in Essen, Germany.

Karin Apollonia has been photographing Los Angeles and its peripheral environment over the last 20 years. She has been interested in how man interacts and struggles to fit in to the urban and natural landscape. Her work has been widely recognized. She has received numerous awards and fellowships, among them an artist commission from the Getty/CalArts Grant to document Bunkerhill as it appeared during the construction of the Concert Disney Hall in downtown Los Angeles.

Her work has been placed in the collections of the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art (LACMA); The Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Whitney Museum, New York, among others. She has published three monographs, Angels in Fall, Kruse Publisher, 2001; On Edge, Nazraeli Press, 2009 and Timbercove, Nazraeli Press, 2012.

Karin Apollonia Müller has been teaching photography as a professor and lecturer in Europe and the United States. She also led workshops in Colombo, Sri Lanka and Guadalajara, Mexico.

Visit Karin Apollonia Müller’s website for more information: karinapolloniamueller.com

The landscape photographs Karin Apollonia Müller produced in Los Angeles between 1996 and 2000, became her first book, Angels in Fall, which often show a solitary figure from a distance in an urban landscape. A man in the middle of a city, finds rest and shelter from a rainstorm under an orange plastic tarp. Man has shaped an environment that appears intricate and of insurmountable complexity, yet a distant view suggests his fragile role and inconsequential attempt to order the world into a secure home.

Martin Parr and Gerry Badger in the Photobook, Volume II

“Karin Apollonia Müllers’ Angels in Fall is the most convincing photographic representation of Los Angeles since that of Ed Ruscha in the 1960s and Robert Adams‘ Los Angeles Spring of 1986.”

In her next book, On Edge, she wanted to show nature’s power over us. In one photograph a tiny helicopter floats into the abyss of smoke like a gnat into a forest fire. In another, houses slide down a hillside as though anchored to nothing.

She then has concentrated on photographing away from cities, in more remote areas, to try to understand fundamental relationships of things in nature.

Rather than relying on a single image to convey a narrative in a complex urban environment, Karin Apollonia Müller took photographs of parts of things in nature and arranged these photographs in diptychs, triptychs, and sequences to suggest a wholeness – the nature of things. (Timbercove)

Lately, she continues the relationship between man and the physical world, using the photographic image as the formal basis for documenting human habitation.

Only 14 students will be admitted into the workshop. Students will be granted admission to the workshop based on a review of their photographs. If the candidate is accepted, further details will be sent to the participant prior to the workshop.

The $495 fee does not include transport, accommodation or other expenses.

If you would like to participate in more than one Festival workshop, we offer a 20% discount on each additional workshop attended.

Cancellation/Refund Policy

  • Cancellations before April 1, 2017 will be given a full refund minus a $75 processing fee.
  • Cancellations after April 1, 2017 will only be eligible for a refund if we can fill your spot.