Maine Media Workshops

The Narrative Street Portrait

In Person

July 3 2023 - July 7 2023

Maine Media Workshops, Maine Media Workshops + College, Camden Street, Rockport, ME, USA


How do we make a photograph of a stranger that tells a story within a single frame? And how do we do this if the idea of talking to a complete stranger paralyzes us with fear? This intensive, yet fun, workshop helps you explore and identify fears and anxieties around photographing people, particularly strangers, so that you can make the pictures you have always wanted to make.

We will find what is missing in your portraiture and offer you the tools to make the pictures you know you can make. We will address the relative discomfort around portraiture while building your confidence at the same time. Through daily class meetings with all participants this class will not only help you build confidence photographing strangers, but also to discover and cultivate your unique photographic practice.

Additionally this course equips you with strategies for what to do with your subject once you have them in front of you, including ideas for direction, narratives, as well as light, distance, frame, etc. The class also explores how to negotiate your needs to be a photographer with the needs and boundaries of your subject such as ethics, privacy and consent.

This in-person workshop runs Monday through Friday. All participants will meet daily for lectures and online critiques every morning while afternoons are reserved for photographic excursions. Class demos will include photographing strangers on the street. Students will complete assignments and review with the class everyday. A one-on-one meeting will be scheduled with every student within the week.

What you need: Your camera of choice, film if applicable, a laptop (if digital) and a notebook

5 Days, Monday through Friday

Dates: Jul 3 to Jul 7

Enrollment Limit: 12 students

Skill/Experience Level: Intermediate to Advanced.

Tuition: $1595

Venue Phone: (877) 577-7700

Address: Maine Media Workshops + College, 70 Camden Street, Rockport, ME 04856