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Spirit of Structure: Celebrating North Dakota

Spirit of Structure: Celebrating North Dakota

August 19 – 24, 2018 Rugby, North Dakota Class Size: 15 Tuition: $1725 Register

Welcome to the unique opportunity of photographing in isolated, abandoned farmhouses and nearly deserted towns in north central North Dakota. This time of year the fields will be ripe with crops and the harvest taking place. With warm days and sunset about 9 pm your days will be filled with photo opportunities!

In addition, the Prairie Museum has scheduled an exhibition for 2019 of photographs from all participants who have taken this workshop so you can create images this year with an exhibition already scheduled. The exhibit the museum hosted in 2015 was very successful and the plan is for the 2019 exhibition to hang for the entire summer.

Based in Rugby, the geographical center of North America with a population of approximately 3000, we work in several locations each day, within driving distances around the Rugby and Rolette areas. Each year, new locations are added (and some are lost to us) so for returning students there is always fresh inspiration to take the workshop for a second (or third) time. Most locations are within an hour’s drive and if there is a particular location that “speaks to you” you will have ample opportunities to explore that site as often as you feel necessary.

This is a location workshop in which we will focus on creating photographs. All camera formats, film and digital, are welcome. Large format and film are always welcome in my workshop but be advised that there is no opportunity for processing film.

We will set aside some time for critiques. I ask that you share 5 - 10 images per critique. Film photographers should bring previous work. Digital photographers should bring their own laptops for editing.

Participants are responsible for lodging, meals and transportation. The workshop begins on Sunday, August 19th at 6 p.m. and ends with dinner on Friday, August 24th.

Contact us with further questions.


  • Minot (MOT) is ~ 62 miles from Rugby
  • Bismarck (KBIS/BIS) is ~ 125 miles from Rugby
  • Grand Forks (GFK) ~ 150 miles east of Rugby


When you make your reservations, let them know you are with the Tillman Crane Photography Workshop.

Northern Lights Inn
HWY 2 East
PO Box 165
Rugby, ND 58368
701 776 5776 – Call the hotel to reserve your room.

Rental Cars

A rental car is a must for this workshop. Contact me if you are interested in sharing a car and I will put the word out in the group as registration for the workshop is completed.