MASTERCLASS – Beauty, Ugliness and the Sublime in Contemporary Photography.

Beauty has been marginalized in the Western Arts for decades. In contemporary photography, Ugliness and the Romantic concept of the Sublime have been taken its place. What is our problem with beautiful images? Why do we ban them, and, could beauty recover its central position in art?

This one day workshop, hosted by Joan Villaplana, analyses the role of the Sublime in contemporary landscape and cityscapes, and questions why are we interested in the ugliness of our societies.  The workshop will analyse the basic aesthetic concepts of contemporary fine art tendencies and talk about its visual language, as well as discussing practical components such as equipment and display production choices.

The class is on September 7th at Central Studios. Fee is 300 RMB each, and is open to students and professionals in the field of photography.