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Common Ground and Surprise

8-Week Course with Michael Wilson

Saturdays, 1:30–4:30pm
October 16 – December 11*

*No class meeting November 27


Registration Deadline: October 13, 2021

[ *** REGISTER HERE *** ]

Tuition: $325
Course fee includes black & white chemistry and FREE access to all Open Photography Labs during the duration of the course

Class Size:
Minimum: 3
Maximum: 12

Description: Explore the unique demands and rewards of creating photographs emphasizing people as a primary subject matter.

In this course, students will discover:

  • methods of assessing and utilizing location-specific lighting
  • strategies for increasing a photographer’s awareness of their surroundings and sensitivity to their subject
  • a variety of working processes emphasizing simplicity
  • important questions related to the artist’s, subject’s, and audience’s expectations for the photographic portrait

Note: This course is designed for students working in film-based photography, digital photography, or both. Students who complete this class will gain access to the Community Darkroom during Open Lab hours, and will not need to complete an Orientation Session.


Materials List:

If working with film:

  • Film Camera*
  • Tripod (optional)
  • 8-12 Rolls B/W Film of Choice (recommend that at least half of film be 400 ISO)
  • Negative Pages for Sleeving Film
  • RC - Multigrade Black and White Paper, 8”x10”/ 25 Sheets (minimum)

* There are a limited amount of film cameras available to borrow for the duration of the course.

If working digitally:

  • Digital Camera
  • Tripod (optional)
  • Thumb Drive (for transfer of images to class computer) *

* Because the Drawing Center’s Photography Area has only one communal computer, students working digitally will need to be able to edit/process their images on their own computer.

Please contact Manifest Drawing Center coordinator, Adam Mysock at with any questions about the material list.

Level of Study: This class is suggested for individuals with some photographic experience. Basic knowledge of film processing and photo printing are expected if working with film.

portrait of Michael Wilson by Eric King

About the instructor:

Michael Wilson is a life-long resident of Cincinnati residing in Price Hill. He developed his interest in photography while attending Northern Kentucky University where he earned a bachelor of fine arts in 1981. His work has been featured in numerous exhibitions at such local venues as Baker Hunt Foundation (Covington, Ky.); Thomas More Gallery, Thomas More College (Crestview Hills, Ky.); In Situ Gallery (Cincinnati, Ohio); Carnegie Visual & Performing Arts Center (Covington, Ky.); as well as the Cincinnati Art Museum and Contemporary Arts Center. Wilson's photographs have been exhibited regionally at the J. B. Speed Museum (Louisville, Ky.); Rosewood Arts Centre (Kettering, Ohio); and Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art (Cleveland, Ohio). His work is represented in the Cincinnati corporate collections of E. W. Scripps; PNC Bank; Frost & Jacobs; Deloitte & Touche; and Duke Energy. He is also represented in the collections of the Cincinnati Art Museum and the J. B. Speed Museum. In addition, his images have been featured in more than three hundred photographic projects working with musicians and record labels.

Among the many artists Michael has photographed are: Lyle Lovett, B. B. King, Waylon Jennings, Randy Newman, Emmylou Harris, Bill Frisell, David Byrne, Philip Glass, Dawn Upshaw, and Doc Watson. Clients include: Nonesuch Records, Warner Brothers Records, Sony Music, Capitol Records, Alfred A. Knopf, Penguin Putnam, Mother Jones Magazine, Health Magazine, Uncut Magazine, and Pentagram Design.

Michael also moderates Manifest Drawing Center’s Open Photography Lab once a week.

LOCATION:Unless otherwise specified, all courses are hosted at Manifest's new facility at 'M1' in Clifton at 3464 Central Parkway (see map and directions below). Manifest's new facility provides multiple studio classrooms, private lesson space, a darkroom, film processing room, and a multi-purpose lecture and class meeting space as well as on-site parking, grounds and exterior spaces in which to relax, discuss, and make art. The studios are outfitted with professional equipment, furniture, and study aids.


Map to Manifest's M1 Studios   |   Studio Calendar   |   Darkroom Calendar

Michael Wilson


Michael Wilson

Michael Wilson

Michael Wilson


Michael Wilson


  Season Funder:

Manifest's 18th season is funded in part by a grant from the Josephine S. Russell Charitable Trust, PNC Bank, Trustee. This season's programming is also supported by the generosity of tens of thousands of contributors to the ArtsWave Community Campaign, by a sustainability grant from the Ohio Arts Council, and through the generous direct contributions of individual supporters and private foundations who care deeply about the visual arts.

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