Annabel Clark Photography Workshop



Annabel Clark was born in 1981 in Topanga, California.  She received her B.F.A. in Photography from Parsons School of Design in 2003.  During her final term at Parsons, she photographed her mother, actress Lynn Redgrave, during her treatment and recovery from breast cancer.  In 2004, the project was published as a six-page spread in the New York Times Magazine and then as the award-winning book Journal: A Mother and Daughter’s Recovery From Breast Cancer, by Umbrage Editions.  Her work has been exhibited at the Minnesota Center for Photography, Peer Gallery and the National Arts Club as well as hospitals and medical schools across the United States.  Her editorial work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, The Observer, Marie Claire, Glamour, Redbook, and Proto Magazine.  Clark was the 2008 recipient of the Albina Taddeo Humanitarian Award from the Sass Foundation for her contribution to breast cancer awareness.  She also teaches photography workshops at the Creative Center , a nonprofit organization that provides free art classes to people living with cancer.  For more information, go to



In November, 2007,  Annabel Clark shared her knowledge and love of photography with our seventh grade students.  She began with a slide presentation on the history of photography.  Students were each provided with disposable cameras (through the kindness of a Wal-Mart grant) and directed to take a full roll of film with multiple subjects.  Ms. Clark guided students on the art of viewing from various perspectives.

Students were asked to create a series of related pictures.  The “Poetry” theme was incorporated into the workshop when students were asked to write a poem to accompany one of their photographs.  The result was a presentation of their hard work in April 2008, at an exhibition called When Pictures Speak. 

ArtsAlive was pleased to be able to incorporate the photographs and poetry from the exhibition into a bound book also entitled When Pictures Speak.  At the end of the school year, seventh graders each received a copy of this book with their work proudly and forever memorialized.