Cig Harvey doesn’t teach students how to make photographs. She helps them figure out why they make the photos they make. In her week-long workshops on personal storytelling, and as an advisor to MFA students at Maine Media College, Harvey makes it her mission to help photographers find their own voice. “It’s about: What do you care about, what makes you unique, what life turns took you where you are? And then: How do we get that into pictures?” Harvey explains. By doing a series of exercises she has used regularly during her career, students find a perspective that makes their photos unlike anyone else’s. “When you tap into your own central themes, your work becomes your own.”

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