Beyond the Frame: A Workshop with Maggie Steber and Sara Terry


February [email protected]:00-March 5, @12:00 PST 2022

Scholarship eligibility
VII Academy is offering scholarships for applicants to this VII Agency workshop. Anyone may apply for this workshop, however those from underrepresented communities will be prioritized for scholarships.
Additional info

The workshop will be held in Sara’s Los Angeles garden and studio.


Photo from Sara's garden, with the winter light of LA that will be the backdrop for this class.

About the Workshop


Beyond the Frame is an intimate, curated masterclass with Guggenheim Fellows Sara Terry and Maggie Steber for photographers in the middle of long-term projects looking to break through creative barriers and find new ways to approach their work.

Drawing on years of their own experience finding inspiration beyond photography, Maggie and Sara will create a specific list of creative sources for each photographer’s project–films, paintings, poetry, literature, music, and more–to help participants think beyond the frame.

This is a seven-day workshop that is about process, reflection and creative growth, limited to seven people. Each participant’s project will be reviewed and discussed in depth, including group brainstorming sessions about the creative resources that Sara and Maggie have chosen for each project, and how to use them.  Maggie and Sara will also talk about what’s involved in applying for a Guggenheim fellowship, and share ideas about publication and distribution of long-term projects, including each participants’ work. Participants will also have access to Sara’s extensive library of photo books, including hand-made, limited edition publications.

The workshop will be held in Sara’s Los Angeles garden and studio during one of the most beautiful times of the year in southern California –February, when the light is gentle and temperatures are in the 60s and 70s Fahrenheit. In addition to project reviews and discussions about creative inspirations, some days may include brief, impromptu photo-making exercises;  others will include group dinners in the garden and evening film screenings.

Workshop Schedule

Workshop Class Dates: February 27 – March 5, 2022

Pre-Workshop Gathering: February 26, 2022 (evening) 

February 26: Evening

Gather at Sara’s home for dinner and introductions

February 27 to March 5, 2022: Morning through evening 

At least half of each day will be devoted to one of the photographers in the class. The day will begin with everyone viewing the “photographer-of-the-day’s” portfolio, followed by Sara and Maggie presenting several sources of inspiration specifically chosen for that project.

Group discussions will be part of the feedback for the photographer, and each day will feature something unexpected — a short shooting assignment, a film screening, an outing, a group dinner — Maggie and Sara will surprise you! 

In addition, Sara and Maggie will each schedule 30 minute one-on-one sessions with each photographer in the group. Informal meetings will also be possible.



The VII Academy will offer 1 scholarship to a photographer working on a long term-project, which will be discussed during the workshop. The scholarship covers tuition only; the scholarship recipient is responsible for any travel costs, accommodation, and other expenses.

Eligible applicants who wish to be considered for a VII Academy scholarship to attend this program should click on the button below. You must first register on Awardforce, and then the name of this program under category. Then you’ll be able to create an entry for this workshop.

PLEASE NOTE: In the attachments section, there are special instructions that applicants for this scholarship should please provide a long-term project statement and between 20 to 30 images.

Please read our [FAQ] before completing an application.

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You can also participate through a paid placement via VII’s website.

The cost is $2,500 USD. 

The workshop is limited to a class size of 7 students. 

A member of the VII staff will connect you with Maggie and Sara shortly after registration and will ask you to share a project statement and a portfolio of 20-30 images. Maggie and Sara will spend time with your projects before the workshop and will select unique resources (film, music, literature, etc.) to serve as inspiration.


Sara Terry

Maggie Steber