The Photographer’s Playdate
A day-long program of interactive activities



Installation images from the Exploratorium in San Fransisco


In response to the publication The Photographer’s Playbook: 307 Assignments and Ideas, Aperture Foundation has designed a day-long program of interactive activities to engage your community in the playfulness of photography. Initially produced at Aperture Gallery in New York City and at the Exploratorium in San Francisco, The Photographer’s Playdate can be mounted as a community-based event by organizations ranging from small photography clubs to larger museums and art centers. The program is designed for the general public and suitable for all ages and abilities.

This is the perfect opportunity for your organization’s members and other constituencies, be they students, teachers, photography enthusiasts, or Instagrammers, to test out their photographic skills. Whether they’re looking for exercises to improve their craft—alone or in a group—or interested in learning more about the medium, the assignments will inspire fresh ways of engaging with the photographic process. From photographing one’s aura to creating a cyanotype, embarking on a photographic scavenger hunt, or sequencing one’s own photobook, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Participants have the opportunity to display work during the day on-site (if your space allows), via social media, and on a dedicated Playdate microsite maintained by Aperture Foundation with live streaming. This event is a perfect programmatic complement to any photo-based exhibition.


Aperture has packaged an event of up to twenty assignments, which can be selected based on their suitability for the venue’s general audience—including downloadable graphics for the signage, material lists, staffing recommendations, and production plans that include instructions and budgets (if any).

Related Publication:

The Photographer’s Playbook: 307 Assignments and Ideas
Edited by Jason Fulford and Gregory Halpern
6 x 9 in. (15.2 x 22.9 cm)
440 pages
Paperback with flaps
ISBN 978-1-59711-247-5
June 2014

Participation Fee: