Forty years ago, shortly after working for a year and a half as an editorial assistant at Aperture (and using many of the contacts he'd made there), Peter Schlessinger opened a photography workshop center called Apeiron Workshops.
Located two hours north of NYC in Millerton NY and based on methods of focusing attention taught by Aperture's editor Minor White, Apeiron offered immersive residential programs of various lengths. Its summer programs offered workshops with an A-list of creative photographers of the time, including Bernice Abbott, Robert Adams, Diane Arbus, Paul Caponigro, Linda Connor, Judy Dater, Robert Frank, Lee Friedlander, Ralph Gibson, Emmett Gowin, Robert Heineken, Elaine Mayes, Lisette Model, Aaron Siskind, Frederick Sommer and Gary Winogrand, plus Magnum photographers Charles Harbutt, Mary Ellen Mark, Susan Meiselas, Gilles Peress and Burk Uzzle.
Always run on a shoestring and the heroic commitment of its near-volunteer staff, it closed in 1982 as interest rates hit 18% and President Reagan slashed the NEA's funding.
This coming Labor Day weekend, a reunion open to all who ever participated (as staff, students, workshop leaders, artists-in-residence or special project staff) is being held at a conference center in the mountains outside Ashville, NC. Anyone who falls into one or more of the aforementioned categories is encouraged to contact Benjamin Porter at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at 1-828-281-1825 for full information.