Learn to translate first impressions and hone your intuition to create expressive portraits.

Andrea Modica

Experienced photographers continue to develop ways of working with their subjects to create a sense of personal style in their work. This class investigates historical and contemporary fine art as well as editorial portraiture with an emphasis on interpretation and creating a sense of personal vision. During the week participants discuss the use of narrative, aesthetics and psychological approaches as well as the emotional aspects of the portrait.

Andrea leads students from "first impressions" to translating their initial feelings into a creative expression. She covers topics such as approaching subjects, establishing a rapport, and forming a collaboration between subject and photographer that is both intuitive and spontaneous. Andrea encourages students to capture the essence of their subjects while exploring their imaginations and senses to create more intuitive portraits.

There are field trips and lectures, with daily reviews of the work made during the week. Subjects include classmates, strangers on the street, faculty and staff members. Andrea also reviews student portfolios on an individual basis. She also discusses topics relating to the use of portraits in publications and exhibits and addresses legal and ethical issues.

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

A portfolio review is required for admission to this course. You can submit a portfolio via a link to your website, online portfolio, or print submission. For more detailed information on these requirements, click here.

SPECIAL SCHOLARSHIP NOTE:  Maine Media is proud to announce that for this 2015 workshop, through the kindness and generosity of clip and still +  we are offering, one $1200 competitive merit based scholarship to persons who are enrolled  in a Fine Arts degree program (BFA/MFA).  Merit shall be determined by the submission of a 20-image portfolio which may be submitted in print, CD/DVD, or on a website.  No emailed submissions will be accepted.  Letter of intent may be emailed to registrar@mainemedia.edu  Submission deadline is 5PM, Friday April 24, 2015.


"Intuitive Portraits was the most amazing learning experience that I have had - in my history of holding a camera. I will never take a picture without thinking of the workshop with Andrea Modica. She has helped me learn how I might be the photographer I have always dreamed of becoming."
- Amy Skinner, New York, NY

"There's nothing like the energy of the Workshops. To be surrounded by creative individuals on top of influential instructors is inspiring."
- Kelly Mena, Bronx, NY

"I learned so much I don't know where to start. Watching Andrea set up a shot and correct ours one evening was the highlight. The critiques were extremely helpful."
- Susan Tennenbaum, Glencoe, IL


Andrea Modica

Andrea Modica Photo By: Francesco NoninoAndrea Modica's photographs have been exhibited internationally and her work is in many prominent collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. A MFA graduate of Yale University, she is a Guggenheim fellow, a Fulbright Scholar, and the recipient of many other prestigious awards. Andrea's work has been featured in many publications, including the New York Times Magazine, the New Yorker, Vanity Fair and American Photo. Her five books, including Minor League and Treadwell have been met with critical acclaim. Andrea teaches at the International Center for Photography, the Woodstock Photography Workshops, as well as the Maine Media Workshops. She teaches at Drexel University in Philadelphia.