Learn to approach strangers with ease and manage spontaneous portrait situations.

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Like life itself, photographs are more compelling when populated, but how do you make photographs that include people who are not your relatives, friends, or paid models? This class will help you gain skill in managing spontaneous portrait situations, as well as increasing your confidence in approaching people to be photographed and gaining their cooperation.

Students should have a camera and some photographic experience, but no specific equipment or techniques are necessary. A digital camera will allow more rapid feedback but film developing and printing will not be discouraged.

All image credit ©Jim Stone



Above: Past student work (left to right): Arthur Zachai, Chloe Berger (x2)

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Instructor: Jim Stone

Jim Stone turned to photography while studying engineering at MIT. His photographs have been exhibited and published internationally, and collected by the Museum of Modern Art, Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, among many others. Stone has received awards from the Massachusetts Arts Council, The New England Foundation for the Arts, The San Francisco Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. He was the editor of Polaroid’s Newsletter for Photographic Education, and taught formerly at the Rhode Island School of Design and Boston College. Currently he is a Distinguished Professor of Photography at the University of New Mexico.