Mindful Documentary Photography and Filmmaking
Nance Ackerman’s “Mindful Documentary Photography and Filmmaking” talk just might be a bit different than expected. On assignment, Ackerman often leaves her camera behind and concentrates on the art of seeing, the experience of the moment and the beauty in the day to day. Ackerman will explore Mindful Photography techniques and experiences through her work on assignment all over the world – in war-torn Beirut, the Witch Camps in West Africa, Northern Afghanistan and even rural Nova Scotia. She chronicles her documentary work and her latest projects, like, Conviction, a collaboration with two other filmmakers and women inside prison.
Her casual storytelling approach makes for an educational, entertaining and enlightening look at our obsession with documentation, the loss of ‘experiential’ moments and need for mindfulness.
“In photography, mindfulness is looking at something, and truly seeing, feeling and experiencing it. Even though it may be something you have looked at a thousand times before.”
Photographer, filmmaker and artivist
Celebrated documentary photographer and filmmaker, Nance Ackerman has been making images and film around the world for over 30 years. Her documentary photos have been featured in Time, Newsweek, Canadian Geographic, New York Times, and the Globe and Mail. Her work has been described as ‘artivism’ – creating art to create change. Her work has been exhibited at the Aperture Foundation in New York and the Smithsonian Institution, in Washington, DC. And her book, Womankind: Faces of Change Around the World – a collection of portraits and essays of women activists around the world – was released in 2003.
In 2005 Ackerman turned her eye to directing social documentary films. From Cottonland, which explored the connection between opioid addiction and post industrial malaise, to Conviction, where she went inside Canada’s women’s prisons to imagine alternatives to incarceration through art and music – her work is both mindful and transformative. Her latest film Behind the Bhangra Boys takes an intimate look at joyous activism. Ackerman is now developing several projects from Afghanistan to Mexico that explore the power of the human spirit behind many seemingly overwhelming global issues. She has a masters degree in New Media and also taught photojournalism for seven years at the University of Kings College, in Halifax. She now offers International photography workshops around the world and is always looking for students who love an adventure!
The members only page has a direct link to Nance’s presentation.