The Large Format Narrative Portrait

Move into the world of using a large camera while photographing a subject matter that you are passionate about.

Greg MillerLarge format is often associated with controlled environments, the studio or contemplative pictures of nature. This intensive class is a crash course in exploring the world of a large camera while challenging photographers to push the limits of their portraiture. While all aspects of the large format camera will be discussed, photographers at any level, from students who have never touched large format cameras, to experienced large format shooters are encouraged to register.

Shooting large format photography in the world challenges and inspires every level. This course discusses not only the basics of camera operation, camera movements and anything needed to get up and running, but also addresses challenges of photographing people in the world, such as approaching strangers, obtaining release forms, and addressing the fears and boundaries associated with this type of portraiture. Photographers learn how to use the camera while standing on the street, at the beach, or wherever they find people. Whatever a photographer's comfort level is with strangers, he or she is encouraged and challenged to take it to the next level. Patience with oneself as well as with your subject is as critical to this class as the technical understanding of the camera.

Students have their B&W film processed on campus.  No color processing available.

Students should bring their large format cameras as The Workshops' have a limited supply available. Please notify the instructor or Maine Media staff if a camera is needed.


Greg Miller

Greg Miller's career in both fine art and commercial photography spans over two decades.  Working exclusively with an 8x10 camera he has traveled across the US and abroad honing a uniquely humanist vision as well as work ethic photographing people, mostly strangers in often mundane moments. Miller has produced several bodies of work including photographs from County Fairs, Marching Band Camps and Ash Wednesday.  The last of which is being compiled for a forthcoming book titled Unto Dust. This work earned him a Fellowship in 2008 from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. His work has been published in the New York Times Magazine, LIFE and TIME and has been exhibited widely in the US and abroad and held in many private and museum collections.  Since 2001, he has taught regularly at The International Center of Photography in New York. Miller received a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in photography from the School of Visual Arts in 1990. Miller lives in Connecticut with his wife and daughter.