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Photographing People
with John Weiss
March 6 - March 12, 2011

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In the world of photography, the subject that most fascinates us are our fellow human beings. This workshop is designed for photographers who have always wanted to photograph people, but have been hesitant to try. It is also intended for those who have begun to develop these skills and wish to improve them. Our focus is the two main categories of photographing people: portraits and candids.

The Portrait: The making of a photographic portrait, at its most sublime, confirms the finest aspect of the human condition. The best portraits capture our shared humanity while at the same time conveying our individual uniqueness. Participants learn effective methods for engaging both strangers and friends, creating a collaborative photographic partnership, and incorporating gesture and background into portraits.

The Candid: In both the thinking and doing, the candid photograph is the polar opposite of the portrait. Here the photographer is an observer, as invisible as possible. Instead of building a portrait with one individual, the photographer must react with speed and precision to capture an unfolding tapestry. We explore the art of street photography—we walk and watch and wait and talk, remaining confident that the unexpected and the unknown will be revealed just around the corner.

With both our portrait work and our candids we learn techniques for increasing concentration and awareness, and practice working with intent and proficiency to organize a complex yet ordered frame. The multicultural environs of Santa Fe provide rich and varied opportunities for this adventure in photographing people.


John Weiss: John Weiss studied photography at M.I.T. and earned his MFA at the Rhode Island School of Design. As head of photography at t...

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