Discover new possibilities as you explore the many different genres within photography.

This course will broaden your visual interests and add new intensity to your work. Inspiration and knowledge is derived from lectures that examine the work of major photographers in specific fields, providing a context for each day's work.

Discussions cover photographic history, theory, and technical concerns. Afternoons are spent working in the field on specific assignments, each designed to awaken your eye and strengthen your ability to deal effectively with new subject matter in a meaningful and personal way. 

Mornings are filled with review and critique of the previous day's photographs. Lectures and discussions present new ideas and explore the way other photographers have handled specific subject matter. 

Subjects covered during the week:

Spaces - The afternoon is spent photographing spaces, capturing the corner of a room, photographing a farmyard, backyard or porch.

The Landscape - We will work with rural and urban landscapes, photographing seascapes and horizons to create three-dimensionality.

Objects – We will search for the identity within an object, as defined by its space and surroundings.

The Portrait - Explore ways to photograph people: friends, strangers, groups of people, as well as self-portraiture.

The Emotional Photograph - This assignment is to produce a single, complex photograph, which expresses an emotion or idea.

Saturday morning is a final review of the week's work, with an assessment of each participant's progress, new ground broken, discoveries made and the direction in which each student will leave Rockport.


Students are encouraged to bring a laptop for image processing and editing since this is not based in a digital lab classroom.


Elizabeth Greenberg

Elizabeth Greenberg is an artist and educator living in midcoast Maine. She received her BFA in Photography from Rhode Island School of Design.  Following undergraduate school, Elizabeth spent her first summer in Maine at The Maine Photographic Workshops (now Maine Media Workshops), thus beginning a long-term relationship with a place she still calls home.   Elizabeth served as Arnold Newman's teaching assistant in Maine one summer and was subsequently hired as his assistant and studio manager.  She continued to work for Arnold Newman for a number of years. Elizabeth continued to work in New York and established a career in the world of commercial photography.

Elizabeth taught her first class in 1994, and was inspired to pursue a career in arts education.   In 1998 Elizabeth returned to graduate school and was awarded an MFA in Visual Arts from Vermont College in 2000.   

In addition to teaching summer workshops and courses in photography and professional development at Maine Media Workshops + College, Elizabeth has also taught at The New School for Social Research, NYC, The Baum School of Art, Allentown, PA and Lafayette College, Easton, PA.

Elizabeth has exhibited her art nationally. She has also curated several traveling exhibitions. To honor Arnold Newman and his legacy in the world of photography, Elizabeth works with the Arnold and Augusta Newman Foundation to administer the Arnold Newman Prize for New Directions in Photographic Portraiture.

Currently Elizabeth is the Vice President of Academic Affairs at Maine Media Workshops + College as well as a member of the faculty in both the certificate and Master of Fine Arts programs at the College.

Course Dates

Sep 17 to Sep 23



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