NORD Photography

Workshop Details
Connie Imboden
SAGA – Inderøy - Norway
Aug 14 - Aug 19, 2018
Full: NOK 8400,-
Deposit: NOK 2400,-
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What to bring:

Your camera, underwater camera, or waterproofbag for your camera. Waterproof bag comes in all price ranges, check the web or your local camerastore. Bring your laptop. Bathing clothes. We also recommend a diving belt with weights, or any old bag you can use to put weight/ rocks in to keep you from floating up. Students are asked to bring a digital portfolio of their work to present for the class (maximum 10 images).

Nude As Form


Connie Imboden


Aug 14, 2018 - Aug 19, 2018


SAGA – Inderøy - Norway

Connie Imboden is a master of creating stunning art-pieces of the human form, often using reflective surfaces like water or mirrors. 

She will help you develop an intuitive visual approach in photographing the body, and make you see it in a new way to help you create original work with this most photographed subject in the history of photography.

The workshop will consist of lectures, discussions, exercises, assignments, image critic and a lot of shooting time. The first day is spent looking closely at the human body as form. We then go outside and look at the human form in relation to nature. We will spent 2 days shooting at a private pool to practise shooting in, under and above water. You need to bring your bathing gear, waterproof camera or camera-bag. A weight belt might come in handy. If you do not want to get into the water yourself, you will still get a chance to photograph the model in water.

Students will leave this workshop with a new approach in photographing nudes. You will also discovered the magic that can happen when we transform the human form by using reflections, water, mirroring, movement, and light.

'Our vision is so often limited by what we know that we see - what we expect to see - instead of what is actually in front of us.  This can be particularly challenging when photographing the nude, a subject dominated by preconceptions.

The nude, more than any other subject, is the most popular in the history of art, and possibly the most controversial. Artists have been fascinated with the body since the Venus de Willendorf, a small statue estimated to be over 20,000 years old, through the Greek and Roman period of idealising the body, Michelangelo’s David, Edward Weston’s famous nudes, Robert Mapplethorpe’s explicitly erotic nudes, and through the late 20th-century views of sexualised images influenced by Madison Avenue, Hollywood, and Playboy glamour.

We already have a myriad of preconceptions as to what a nude should look like, what is a beautiful nude, what is appropriate, what is not appropriate, what is tasteless, what is offensive, and so on. All of this contributes to the nude as an incredibly powerful and popular subject, while at the same time an extremely challenging one and difficult to see in an original way' - Connie Imboden

We will use local models for this workshop.

Connie Imboden has taught for over 30 years, as faculty at The Maryland Institute College of Art as well as instructing various workshops and institutions throughout the United States, France, the Czech Republic and the United Arab Emirates.

Her photographs have been exhibited in an extensive range of group and solo shows at galleries and museums across the Americas, Europe, and China and are in museum collections around the world including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Bibliothèque Nationales in Paris, France, and the Ludwig Museum in Cologne, Germany.

Her first book entitled “Out of Darkness” with essays by Charles–Henri Favrod and A.D. Coleman, won the Silver Medal in Switzerland’s “Schonste Bucher Aus Aller Welt (Most Beautiful Book in the World)” Award in 1993.  Her fourth and most recent monograph, “Reflections; 25 Years of Photography”, was published in 2009 by Insight Editions with essays by Arthur Ollman, Julian Cox and John Wood.

NOK  8.400,- (deposit NOK 2.400)
. This does not include travel costs, accommodations or meals.

Shortly after registration for your workshop you will receive an invoice via e-mail for the deposit to be paid within two weeks. You will also receive an invoice for the rest of the tuition at the same time as the deposit. This invoice is to be paid no later then one month before the workshop starts. All fees are to be paid in Norwegian Kroner.

International students: We are using PayPal’s invoice service, which means you will get an e-mail with a link to a PayPal invoice when registration. You can still pay for the workshop with your credit card or via your paypal account.

Saga is known for it's fresh homemade food. If you have any food allergies please let us know in advance and we will try to accommodate all your needs.

We will start each day with a healthy breakfast, before heading to class, or out shooting. We serve a warm lunch at SAGA every day.

For dinner: the options will be discussed with the group on arrival. Dinner is not included.

Saga has a full liquor licence.

SAGA has a hotel section, which offers accommodation for participants during the workshop. If SAGA is fully booked we will organise alternative accommodation near by in the same price range.

There are single beds in all of SAGA's hotel rooms. Most participants will have to share hotel room with one other participant of the same gender. If you are a group traveling together, or you have a preference when sharing a room, please make a note when registration for the workshop.

Shared double-room: NOK 990,- per person, per night. The price includes shared double room, breakfast, warm home-made lunch, coffee/ tea and fruit throughout your stay. To get a shared double room requires that we have another participant of your gender, that also wants to share. If we do not, you will get a private room - see price below.

Private room: NOK 1250,- per night. The price includes a private room, breakfast, warm home-made lunch, coffee/ tea and fruit throughout your stay.

Payment for accommodations and meals is done directly to SAGA, before you depart.

By Plane: The closest airport to SAGA is Trondheim International Airport. From the airport, take the local train, which stops at the airport terminal about every two hours, towards Steinkjer. You will disembark the train at Røra Station (about a one hour ride from the airport) where NORDphotography’s van will be there to greet you and transport you to SAGA.

By Train: You disembark the train at Røra Station and NORDphotography’s van will be there to greet you and take you to SAGA. Travel time by train from: Oslo - 9 hours, Trondheim - 2 hours, Bodø - 9.5 hours, Storlien (Sweden) - 3.5 hours. For the local train schedule see:

By Car: Follow E6 to Røra, then RV 755 to Straumen.

TRAVEL TIME TO SAGA: Oslo: 2 hours  //  Bodø: 2 hours // Copenhagen: 3 hours // Stockholm: 3 hours // New York: 12 hours
(times include direct flight to Trondheim + local train to SAGA)

The workshop starts on the evening of August 14TH, at 7 PM.

The workshop ends on the August 19TH, 1PM (after lunch).

For workshops to run we need a minimum of five participants, unless otherwise noted in the workshop description. If we for some reason are not able to reach our minimum number, the workshop will be canceled and you will receive a full refund.

NORDphotography is not responsible for reimbursement of non-refundable airline / train tickets in the event of a program cancellation. Our line of liability is to return all monies paid to the workshops. Please check on your workshop status before making travel arrangements. There will be a maximum of 10 students in each workshop, unless otherwise noted in the workshop description.

Enrollment is limited in our workshops, so once you have registered for a class – we are counting on you to attend. The registration is binding. We do however understand that sometimes plans fall trough and offer the following cancellation policies:
Withdraw more than 60 days before the start of class and we will refund all monies paid, minus an administration fee of NOK 1500,-. Withdraw 60 days or less before the start of class and we will charge you with the full workshop tuition.

NORDphotography is not responsible for cancellations due to medical emergencies. We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance.

It is the nature of our business that occasionally a listed instructor cannot participate because of unexpected events. If we are forced to replace an instructor we will do so with someone with equal or similar credentials. When time permits we will inform everyone who has registered.


Travel Information

  • We ask that you do not book your ticket until we have confirmed that the minimum number of participants have signed up.
  • Travel expenses are each participant's own responsibility.
  • We suggest that you always have traveler's insurance.