Photo essayist Sally Wiener Grotta is traveling the United States, spending time in various artisans’ workshops, capturing the stories of their life’s work and passion for her American Hands project. When her schedule permits, she also accepts Artist in Residences and speaking engagements at select schools, museums and similar organizations, and will sometimes schedule her American Hands photo shoots to coincide with such invitations.
"Personable, realistic and your range of knowledge is truly remarkable."
~ a seminar attendee
Sally Wiener Grotta is traveling the United States, spending time in various artisans’ workshops, capturing the stories of their life’s work and passion. Sally's natural down-to-earth shooting style helps artisans warm to her camera, developing personal relationships that allow her to share in intensely private and often poignant creative moments, as well as spontaneous expressions of joy and discovery. Her narrative series of portraits capture both the fascinating creative processes and the individual personalities of the craftspersons. As she wanders the country, Sally will also continue to share her pictures and stories, through exhibition installations, slide-show presentations, and lectures/classes on narrative portraiture and photography.
To create her photographic essays of traditional tradespeople at work, Sally returns frequently their workshops and habitats, following the entire process of their creations. In other words, Sally spends considerable time at each location she visits for American Hands. When her schedule permits, she also accepts Artist in Residences and speaking engagements at select schools, museums and similar organizations, and will sometimes schedule her American Hands photo shoots to coincide with such invitations. Programs that Sally leads include the following::
"An eye opener." "Invigorating." Stimulating." "It left me wired."
- American Hands exhibits & gallery talks
- American Hands slide-show presentations & discussions
- American Hands study courses for grades 8 through 12, as well as for college and art school students
- American Hands programs and classroom discussions for elementary and middle schools
- Other school programs to encourage students to explore the history and stories behind American Hands, as well as to try their hands at various crafts
- Interactive programs in senior centers, to encourage older Americans to tell the stories they remember about the people who handmade everyday items
~ Typical audience feedback
Additional programs available include:
- A lecture or workshop on "Follow Your Passion: A Practical Blueprint to Realizing Your Vision"
- Master Classes in Photography
- Narrative Photography
- Light & Shadows: Renaissance-like Lighting Using Whatever Is at Hand
- Creative Digital Photo Processing
- Fine Art Photography: Preparation, Printing & Presentation
- Advise/critique students on their photography, digital processing, image editing and/or printing
- Personal project: Oversee and advise students, as they develop and execute a personal photography project
- Curate exhibit of students' work
- Invite select individual students to assist in (and learn from) American Hands photo shoots
- General Lectures/Workshops on Photography
- "Seeing Like a Photographer"
- "Line, Light & Color"
- "Mind's Eye View"
- Various other related subjects
- Custom programs for your organization
If you are interested in having Sally give any of the above programs or design one for your group, or if you wish to be on the email list for American Hands exhibits and announcements for Sally’s various appearances, please use the Contact page on this Website or email Sally.
"Thank you! You're a wonderful educator. Your aptitude regarding the subject area is without parallel. Too, your energy, animation and enthusiasm made for a very interesting presentation."
~ William John Heard II, Professor of History (retired) Penn State University