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The Portrait: Finding Your Voice
with Kurt Markus
June 19 - June 25, 2011

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A powerful portrait is a gift. An expression not only of the subject, but also of the photographer. The process is a dance; an endlessly fascinating exercise in give and take. Accordingly, the pathways to a powerful portrait are many. The question that the portrait photographer must answer: “Which path do I choose?”

The goal of this workshop is to explore the multitude of approaches portrait photographers can take. Will it be environmental…intimate…studio? And what of light? Is it found or produced? Is the portrait an absolute likeness or an impression? And what of the face? Is it necessary to define character, or might a silhouette, a fragment, or a torso suffice as a substitute? Is the photographer seeking spontaneity, a gesture, or movement? And what of choosing between candid or formal?

These questions seek answers. Finding them is the ambition of this workshop. Kurt presents examples of successful portraits, culled from his extensive archive, and from the files of photography legends such as Strand, Weston, and Evans. These presentations are followed by critiques from the day’s assignments and portfolio reviews. Emphasis is on active picture making with models, and using simple lighting techniques in a variety of locations, including a studio setting.

The roads to a compelling portrait are many; join Kurt in Santa Fe and begin your journey.


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