Our desire to tell stories can motivate us to make pictures and talk to strangers, but we are often disappointed when our pictures feel staged or self-conscious. Guided by Greg Miller, explore and identify ways to create narrative portraits that feel genuine and real.

Jul 8, 2024 - Jul 12, 2024

Levels: Intermediate, Advanced,
Workshop Fee: $1695
Workshop Duration: 1-week (Monday-Friday)
Workshop Location: On-campus
Class Size: 12

An older lady playing foosball with a young child.
Image Credit: Greg Miller

How do you make a narrative portrait that doesn’t look staged or self-conscious? What is the magic sauce that makes pictures look real even though you interact with your subject? And how do we do any of this if the idea of talking to the people in your picture paralyzes you with fear? 

Guided by photographer Greg Miller, this intensive, yet fun, workshop helps you explore and identify whatever might be stopping you from making the pictures you have always wanted to make.

Image Credit: Greg Miller

We will find what is missing in your narrative portraiture and offer you the tools to make better pictures. We will address the relative discomfort around portraiture while building your confidence to try new things at the same time. Through daily assignments and class meetings with all participants, this class will not only help you build a repertoire of techniques for making narrative portraiture but also discover and cultivate your unique photographic practice.

Additionally, this course equips you with strategies for what to do with your subject once you have them in front of you, including ideas for direction, narratives, as well as light, distance, frame, etc. The class also explores how to negotiate your needs to be a photographer with the needs and boundaries of your subject such as ethics, privacy, and consent.

This in-person workshop runs Monday through Friday. All participants will meet daily for lectures and critiques every morning while afternoons are reserved for photographic demonstrations and excursions. Class demos will also include photographing strangers on the street as well as models. Students will complete assignments and review with the class every day. A one-on-one meeting will be scheduled with every student within the week.

In addition to camera gear, students should bring laptops and an external hard drive.

Image Credit: Greg Miller

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Instructor: 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