Explore the art of self-portraiture with guidance from Jennifer McClure, focusing on personal expression and creative techniques.

Sep 7, 2024 - Sep 14, 2024

Levels: Intermediate, Advanced,
Workshop Fee: $395
Workshop Duration: 8 hours over two sessions (Saturdays, 10am-2pm ET)
Workshop Location: Online
Class Size: 10

Note: This workshop will be held in a live, online format utilizing the Zoom platform.
Class meets on two Saturdays, Sep 7 & 14 from 10am-2pm ET.

How do we make an image of ourselves that moves beyond simple description? What elevates a self-portrait into the realm of narrative or universal? How can we use our own bodies to illustrate a concept or an idea? This class will help students answer these questions and more by studying the history and techniques of self-portraiture, photographing at home, and reviewing photos together.

Jennifer McClure Portrait series image of a woman with hand on head.

Jennifer McClure Portrait series image of a person hanging off the side of a bed.

We all have a story to tell, ideas and identities that are uniquely our own. Whether we are telling the story of one or many, we are our most accessible and agreeable subjects. The only requirement is a willingness to be vulnerable. This class is for those who are new to self-portraiture, as well as those who might need a push with current self-portrait projects.

The first class will cover the history and styles of self-portraiture. We will also discuss the best methods of photographing yourself, as well as how location, gesture, and lighting can help create mood and narrative. We will review student work the following week and create action plans for moving forward.

Jennifer McClure Portrait series

Jennifer McClure Portrait series image of a person standing in the snow.

All images copyright Jennifer McClure.

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Instructor: Jennifer McClure

Jennifer McClure is a fine art photographer based in New York City. Her work is about solitude and a poignant, ambivalent yearning for connection. Her first book, You Who Never Arrived, was published by Peanut Press Portfolios in 2020. She was a 2019 and 2017 Critical Mass Top 50 finalist and twice received the Arthur Griffin Legacy Award from the Griffin Museum of Photography’s annual juried exhibitions. Jennifer was awarded CENTER's Editor's Choice by Susan White of Vanity Fair in 2013 and has been exhibited across the country. She has taught workshops for Leica, International Center of Photography, Los Angeles Center of Photography, the Maine Media Workshops, and the Griffin Museum. Her work has been featured in publications such as National Geographic, Vogue, GUP, The New Republic, Lenscratch, Feature Shoot, L'Oeil de la Photographie, The Photo Review, Dwell, and PDN. She also founded the Women's Photo Alliance in 2015.