Fine Arts Work Center In Provincetown

2023 Summer Workshops

Joanne Dugan The Photograph and the Word: A Collaborative Workshop for Writers and Photographers July 2 to July 7, 2017 Tuition: $650 Workshop: 9am-12pm Discipline: Photography OPEN TO ALL On-site Housing Available

The often-repeated quote says that a “picture is worth a thousand words.” Yet the

addition of written text to photographs yields surprising results that tell a visual story in a new way. Or as Theodor Geisel once wrote, “Words and pictures are yin and yang. Married, they produce a progeny more interesting than either parent.”

This class includes assignments and lively discussions designed to inspire class members to combine writing with photography to tell unique and personal stories. We will also look at the works of master artists as well as explore photography books (both contemporary and rare vintage works) that successfully combine photographs and text.

Students who have taken a previous version of this class can expect to refine their process using new class material introduced this year.

All digital camera formats are welcome, including android/iPhones. Feedback is individualized so experience at all levels is welcome. Bring a laptop for editing if available.


Joanne Dugan is a New York City based visual artist and photographer who summered on Cape Cod as a child. Her work has been exhibited in galleries in the US, Europe and Japan, and featured in The New York Times T Magazine and the Harvard Review. Her work has been published in seven books combining image and text, including Summertime (Chronicle Books) and ABC NYC: A Book About Seeing New York City (Abrams Books). Her limited edition fine-art monograph, Mostly True is in the permanent library collections of the J. Paul Getty Museum, The Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the George Eastman House. She is on the faculty of the International Center of Photography in New York City and is represented by Black Box Projects Gallery (London) and the Kopeikin Gallery (Los Angeles).