MATT MAHURIN: The Imagemaker’s Handbook: Pursuing Your Passion With Purpose

(c) Matt Mahurin, 2020


Orientation Sunday, September 20th, 4:30pm – 5:30pm
Monday, September 21st – Wednesday, September 23rd, 9:00am – 4:00pm. 
Thursday, September 24th, 9:00am – 11:00am (Optional)

PSPF is proud to introduce a wonderful, and most assuredly transformative workshop by the world-renowned photographer, artist and director Matt Mahurin.


Be it a painting or photograph, sculpture or song, every piece of art is a discovery—an invention of the imagination—compelling the artist to become an intrepid voyager on a journey through life and self. Not taken for the glory of any final destination of victory—but chosen for the privilege to pursue a passion with purpose.

Your creative voice is a universal form of expression—not only capable of crossing boundaries of language, culture, and the ages—but transcending the human failings of hate, fear, and ignorance. To be in possession of such a unique and potent gift is to not only be blessed with great potential, but also to be charged with great responsibility.

In 2020 I will be releasing The Imagemaker’s Handbook, a five volume, 1,600 page manifesto on life as a creative professional. This workshop is an intensive distillation of the handbook’s mission to support your journey to success.

Although many photographic workshops benefit from bringing cameras and shooting an assignment for critiques and insight, to look out through our cameras can also be an escape when attempting to gaze into our true desire as artists. This workshop will not involve taking photographs, but will sharpen the focus of the internal creative mission that must be brought out into the light to be shared with the world. The goal of this workshop is to have an artistic awakening so personally profound that you can’t wait to get back to your camera.


Each discussion, exercise, and demonstration during the workshop will be a spirited and supportive Q&A between me and the attendees. I have no secrets and will answer any question regarding all I have to offer from a forty year career as a creative professional.


  • THE PURPOSE OF PASSION — Nurturing an unapologetic love for all you want to create and achieve.
  • THE JOURNEY OF FAILURE AND SUCCESS — Embracing the challenge of overcoming adversity on the path to welcoming audacity.
  • YOUR CREATIVE PRODUCT & YOUR CONVICTIONS — Empowering your personal pride and creative conscience through standing up for yourself.
  • THE SPIRITUALITY OF DISCIPLINE — Doing your best to do the right thing.
  • THE CURSE OF PERFECTION — Embracing the truth that your flaws and failures are essential to accomplishing your loftiest goals.
  • BEING GOOD VS. BEING GREAT — Giving yourself permission to strive to become one of the best.
  • HONESTY IS THE BEST POLICY – The value of integrity, respect, and trust in guiding your creative journey.
  • TAKING CRITICISM — Summoning the courage and maturity to learn from your mistakes.
  • THE WORKAHOLIC — The pros and cons of being a multitasking maniac.
  • F*#K LUCK —Your actions, passions, and guts will be responsible for your success—not some random cosmic lottery you plan on winning.
  • BE PREPARED FOR ANYTHING — Surviving the unwelcome and celebrating the unexpected in discovering a unique opportunity.
  • THE VALUE OF TIME — Controlling the clock to maximize productivity and prosperity.
  • THE GROWTH OF THERAPY — How professional help with the struggles of life and career can support the healthy journey of fulfilling your true potential.
  • THE POWER OF THE LIST — Crafting a daily, monthly, and yearly hierarchy of tasks and challenges to propel your life and career forward.
  • THE DIPLOMACY OF LETTER WRITING — Relying on words to achieve your creative goals.
  • EDITORIAL VS. ADVERTISING VS. FINE ART — Choosing the goals, purpose, and audience of your creative product.
  • ALL THE WORLD’S A STAGE — Trusting the reality and humanity that surrounds you to inspire your most personal artistic endeavors.
  • THE PAYDAY — How to ask for a lot of money if you’re offered a huge job.
  • WORKING WITH THE FAMOUS — The thrill and challenge of collaborating with the renowned, the brilliant, and the notorious.
  • MAKING A BOOK OF YOUR WORK — Preserving your finest work through publishing.
  • GETTING SOME HELP — Accepting the need to hire support and the responsibility to be a good boss.
  • STARTING A NEW CREATIVE CAREER — Making the decision to take on that next professional purpose.
  • THE CREATIVE CIRCLE — Being sustained by the profound value of receiving outside validation of your professional purpose.
  • THE BURNOUT AND THE REBIRTH — Transcending the afflictions of apathy and predictability to invigorate a new creative mission.


THE PRESENTATION — You will share up to ten of your images to fellow attendees with the purpose of celebrating your unique value as a creative professional.

THE DREAM JOB — You will present a description of that yet-to-be completed assignment or project that offers personal fulfillment and professional acclaim.

THE ART OF THE SKETCH — After a detailed demonstration on transferring a concept from the mind’s eye into the light of day, regardless of your drawing ability, you will be given an exercise to create a concept sketch on a creative topic that I will critique.

If you choose to take this workshop, you will be sent a detailed worksheet that will help focus and structure your exercise presentations.


• A digital painting on a photograph.

• Creating a concept sketch on a drawing tablet.

• Composing photographs using imaging software.

• A presentation of my music videos, short films, and animations to discuss the exciting yet challenging transition from still photography to motion work.

The final day will offer a free-for-all chat to reflect on our time together. Each attendee will also be invited to share how the workshop has inspired their journey forward.

PRICE: $1860.

Includes daily registration, transportation and a boxed lunch for each full day of the workshop.




Photographers should bring their laptops and be conversant with their hardware and software in order to facilitate downloading and projecting their work for critiques in class. Digital projectors with standard HDMI cables will be provided. If you require DVI connectors and / or adapters, please bring one to class.

All Workshop Participants are invited to the Canon/Freestyle Digital Print Center at Korakia on Thursday, September 24th from 11:00am to 6:00pm to have an image of their choice printed out on a Canon Pro 2000 printer, using custom profiles and on their choice of several inkjet papers. 



Political and social illustrations for TIME, Newsweek, Mother Jones, Rolling Stone, Esquire and The New York Times.

Gold and silver medals from The Society of Illustrators.

Photographic essays on the homeless, people with AIDS, Texas prison system, abortion clinics, mental hospitals, Nicaragua, Haiti, Belfast, Mexico, Japan and France.

Published four books of fine-art photographs.

Photographs in the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

Directed videos for U2, Tom Waits, REM, Peter Gabriel, Tracy Chapman, Sting, Ice-T, Metallica, David Byrne, and Joni Mitchell.

Wrote and directed, Mugshot, best film Hamptons Film Festival.

Directed documentary I Like Killing Flies selected Sundance Film Festival and New York’s Museum of Modern Art.


Matt Mahurin has a way about him. A poet with a paintbrush, a photographer with a visionary focus. Whether still camera, video camera, traditional or digital art, he creates work that is hypnotic and charged with electricity. When you meet him in person it does not take long to realize that he is the real deal.

I took a workshop with Matt Mahurin that left my mind racing with new ideas and possibilities. It was truly a transformative experience. He said things that I needed to hear and told stories I will never forget. One of the best things I’ve ever done for myself as an artist.” —John Dinser

At the start of a memorable week Matt premiered a video he had just shot with Tom Waits, in which he did just about everything. He wrote, produced, built the sets, was the cinematographer and editor. Matt was the Rube Goldberg of artistic expression. In example after example—illustration, photography, film making, he would go into a situation and make it his own. I realized firsthand what a dedicated, challenging, sincere, and vanguard artist he was and still is. An artist’s artist.  Infinitely inspired and inspiring, I feel so fortunate to have been able to spend a few days learning about his process—without question, the most important teacher of my life.” —Evan Hurd

Matt Mahurin is an extraordinary talent, a sweet man and a generous teacher. He gave us the challenge of fulfilling an assignment that he was commissioned to do so we could experience his thought process and his technique. He is a rare bird and a treat to meet. Don’t miss the opportunity.”  -Amy Arbus

Making the decision to work with Matt will change your creative life. Not doing so, you’ll be missing the opportunity to work with one of the best creative minds working today. A true artist, teacher, and creative visionary. His hands-on approach was exceptional. Downright amazzzzing. The students were spellbound.” —William Deering