Headlands Center for the Arts

Shifts in Horizon: Perspectives on Landscape

Prompted by the immediate environment and history of the Marin Headlands landscape itself, Shifts in Horizon is an opportunity to envision and interpret the terrain around us. Led by Bay Area–based photographers Sean McFarland (AIR ’11) and Christina Seely (AIR ’11), SFMOMA Assistant Curator Lisa Sutcliffe, and a diverse group of other guest facilitators, including Jason Fulford, Michael Light, Rick Prelinger, and Suzy Poling, this workshop examines the subject of landscape representation through the photographic lens.

Both hands-on and conceptually oriented, participants explore the rich and complex local terrain through guided walks, by land and by sea, photography-specific discussions, a natural history lecture, speculative histories, and field experiments. Participants utilize both antique technologies, such as the camera obscura, along with new frontiers in digital photo manipulation–all pointing toward an expanded perspective on contemporary landscape.

Workshop Dates

  • June 1 – 8, 2012. Applications closed.

Program Details

Workshops are held at Headlands’ historic artist-renovated site, and include:

  • Intensive project work, both solo and group-based
  • Excursions into surrounding national park
  • Chef-prepared meals among peers in the Mess Hall
  • Option of on-site housing for the full Headlands experience


  • Live-in:
    • $500 tuition
    • $525 private room in communal house (7 days)
    • $425 board (3 meals a day for 7 days)
      Total: $1,450
  • Live-out:
    • $500 tuition
    • $425 board (3 meals a day for 7 days)
      Total: $925

(Payment due upon acceptance to the program)


Must be able to commit to week-long, day-long sessions
  • No photographic training required; a brief tutorial will be offered
  • Interest in concepts of landscape representation is essential

Selection Criteria

  • Demonstrated experience relative to particular topic
  • Interest in collaborative practice and investigation

Selection Process

  • Headlands’ staff reviews application for completeness and eligibility
  • Guest faculty and staff review applicant experience, portfolio of prior work, and statements of interest
  • Accepted applicants notified