Portraits – On The Edge of Light

Delve into the psychology of the portrait, stripping away the accessories and distractions to unveil the raw unfiltered person within.

This workshop invites photographers to experience a unique way of exploring people through portraiture—to look at the psychology of the portrait, stripping away the accessories and distractions and unveiling the raw information within. Antonin teaches how, in the difficult art of portraiture, it is possible to show ones personal style of interpretation. There are daily assignments that help participants develop their ability to encourage and capture emotional content and create a memorable portrait series. At the end of the workshop, Antonin gives a critique and helps to edit the work of students with his combined photographic experience of forty-four years.

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.


Antonin Kratochvil

VIIAntonin Kratochvil is a world-renowned, award-winning photojournalist and documentary photographer. Best known for his personal black and white documentary photography of Eastern Europe, his work today covers the events and personalities of the world. Czeck-born Kratochvil was the first recipient of the Eyewitness Essay honor of the Alfred Eisenstaedt Award for Magazine Photography and the 1997 first prize World Press Photo winner in the Portrait Series, among many others. His photojournalistic work has appeared in Newsweek, The New York Times, Conde Nast Traveler, Detour, Mother Jones, Smithsonian, Time, Natural History and the United Nations Choices magazine. His first book, Broken Dream, was published in 1997 and documents 20 years of conflict in Eastern Europe. His second book, Incognito, a collection of celebrity portraits captured with an edgy style, was recently published. He is a founding member of VII, a cooperative picture agency in the tradition of Magnum Photos, based in Paris. The agency is comprised of a group of esteemed photojournalists, including James Nachtwey, Christopher Morris, Alexandra Boulat, Ron Haviv, Gary Knight and John Stanmeyer. Antonin Kratochvil’s assignments have taken him around the world including war-torn Afghanistan and Rwanda. He has covered Tibetan refugees and street children in Mongolia, Guatemala and Romania. He has traveled Cuba and China and photographed the rain forest destruction in the Amazon and air pollution in Silesia.