Learn to build trust with your subjects, your vision, and your process with award-winning portrait photographer Rashod Taylor.

Jul 22, 2024 - Jul 26, 2024

Levels: Beginner, Intermediate,
Workshop Fee: $1550
Workshop Duration: 1-week (Monday-Friday)
Workshop Location: On-campus
Class Size: 12

“A portrait is not made in the camera but on either side of it” – Edward Steichen

Photo by Rashod Taylor.

Portraits at their core are about connection and being able to capture that dialog with your camera.

In this workshop guided by award-winning portrait photographer Rashod Taylor, we will explore how to gain trust with your subjects, communicate your vision for the portrait, address fears when approaching strangers, and how to create a space for intimacy and relationship in your portrait process. We will also examine composition, lighting, and directing while discussing successful photographers to help further our work. We will have class assignments and be out in the field photographing both strangers and each other.

Rashod Taylor LJ in My Parents Backyard
LJ in My Parent’s Backyard – Rashod Taylor.
Rashod Taylor LJ and His Fort
LJ and His Fort – Rashod Taylor.

Students should bring a sample of their work for discussion and for personalized feedback to help improve and further their art practice. We will be photographing throughout the week and end with a final critique on the last day of class.

Note: Students will need to work digitally for image processing, editing, and printing throughout the class. Film processing is not available on campus.

Rashod Taylor and students on their way to a shoot, 2022.

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Instructor: Rashod Taylor

Rashod Taylor is a fine art and portrait photographer whose work addresses themes of family, culture, legacy, and the black experience. He has earned notable attention for his ongoing longform photo series Little Black Boy; in it he documents his son’s life while examining the Black American experience and fatherhood.