A personal invitation from Sean Kernan

Dear photographers and artists of all kinds,

I have found that one of the best ways to open our eyes is to take those eyes to wonderful new places and just let them romp, let them really see what’s around you. This creative state of awareness is what allows you to take photographs so surprising you can’t believe you were behind the shutter.

On our tour to Bhutan, our pace will be slow. We’ll have time to sink into each place, time to watch the light change, time to let our seeing become subtler and deeper.

On top of the stimulation of this isolated land, we may engage a few of the exercises in my new book, Looking into the Light, to limber up our sight and help us grasp more directly our own photographic vision. We’ll get to share our work informally with the group in order to receive the great gift of another’s response on the spot, when and where it can do us some good.

Some of the best contributors to the stimulation of the group come from those outside of photography. Sketching companions, artists, and insightful people are all welcome. Please don’t hesitate to join Jock Montgomery and me simply because you do not consider yourself a photographer.

I look forward to seeing what you can create from behind the shutter.

Sean Kernan




Sean Kernan is a photographer, writer, and teacher who came to photography from the theater.

He is the author of two monographs, The Secret Books (with Jorge Luis Borges) and Among Trees. He has exhibited at galleries and museums around the world, including the Centre Regional de la Photographie, France; Biblioteca Alexandrina, Egypt; Photosynkiria, Thessaloniki, Greece; William Benton Museum; Museo de la Ciudad, Queretaro, Mexico; Friends of Photography, San Francisco; Wesleyan University; and the Whitney Museum, New York. He has done media performance pieces at MASS MoCA and Guggenheim Projects in New York.

Sean has produced and directed two documentaries—The Kampala Boxing Club, about boxing in Africa, and Crow Stories, about the Crow Tribe of Montana—and contributed the concept for the CBS film To America, on which he served as Associate Producer. His photos have been published in the New York Times Magazine, Smithsonian, New York, Harpers, Bloomberg, and many other worldwide publications.

Sean has taught at the New School/Parsons, Art Center (Pasadena), International Center for Photography, University of Texas, and Wesleyan University, and has won numerous awards, most recently from the Center in Santa Fe for teaching, as well as an honorary Doctorate from the Art Center in Pasadena.

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