Foot in the door, and beyond….

Martin Hyers and Will Mebane, House 2009
©Hyers and Mebane, House 2009

“The first requisite of success is the ability to apply your physical and mental energies to one problem without growing weary. – Thomas Edison

Last week I attended an opening in Chelsea where my friend Will had work in the show. It was a great show at a well known photography gallery, and the place was packed. As I walked to the door of the gallery, I started to think about the evolution of Will’s photography. Twelve years ago he was a high school teacher who was putting together his first portfolio. I was there (as the assistant) ten years ago when he was hired to shoot his first assignment.

Then a Fulbright Fellowship let him spend almost a year in Nepal shooting, and when he returned he headed for New York City to try and make it as a photographer. In the twelve years between his first portfolio, and last weeks opening, Will did something right. His photos are hanging in a group show with work by Walker Evans, Andy Warhol, the Bechers, and Mapplethorpe.

Will’s success as a photographer can be attributed to good advice and hard work. Getting that first exhibit, or first publication can be the hardest part; which is why we developed the Foot in the Door Workshop.

En Foco foot in the door workshop
Foot in the Door Workshop, ©Amir Parsa

On April 27, En Foco and the Camera Club of New York are teaming up to host a workshop for emerging photographers and photo based artists who are looking to prepare themselves for new opportunities. New opportunities often come with new challenges and headaches. Applying for a grant is usually different than applying for a residency. Submitting work to magazines is a little different than submitting to competitions. It’s a complicated world out there, but you don’t have to navigate it on your own.

Come down to Calumet on 22nd Street in NYC on April 27th to learn some tips for getting your foot in the door. This two hour workshop is also a great place to meet other photographers and it costs as little as $10.

Click here to reserve your spot.

I look forward to coming to your show in Chelsea sometime soon.

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