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The Art of Portraiture
with Norman Mauskopf
March 10 - March 14, 2014

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One of the enduring issues of portraiture is how to create images with a sense of engagement. There are many different types of photographic portraits, but for our purposes a portrait is defined as a photograph of a person who is aware of being photographed. Because of the human relationship implicit in this dynamic, we work with our subjects in close proximity, rather than from afar, using moderately wide-angle and normal focal-length lenses rather than telephoto lenses.

We photograph single and multiple subjects against backgrounds both simple and complex, while exploring a range of topics: knowing when and how to approach people; whether or not to direct them; composing quickly and controlling multiple visual elements in both indoor and outdoor settings; and becoming aware of available light and how it affects your images.

We engage in classroom critiques, discussions, and presentations of portraits by historic and contemporary photographers in the mornings. Afternoons are spent photographing locals in Santa Fe and the surrounding communities, as well as participating in optional one-on-one sessions with Norman to discuss your images. After four days of discovery, you leave with the ability to photograph people intuitively and with confidence.


Norman Mauskopf: Norman Mauskopf is a W. Eugene Smith Fellowship recipient who has had four photography books published: A Time Not Here, Dark...

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