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NOTE: This class will be held in a live, online format using the Zoom Platform. Class meets Sat/Sun 11am-2pm ET

Getting paid for the work we do as photographers is tough. There’s no easy way to it, and it’s definitely not the only way to get by as a photographic artist, but it can be a wonderful pathway to opportunities, growth, and hopefully some financial stability.

In this workshop, I will both teach and have open discussions on how to balance being an artist, taking commissions, and navigating the world of commercial work. This class aims to lead artists on how to navigate the world of editorial and commercial work successfully and without having to compromise on their voice as an artist. We’ll critique work as a class, learn how to find your voice, what editors are looking for and how to approach them, and what steps one can take to start a career as a freelance photographer.

Students must have at least one cohesive body of work to apply. The work doesn’t need to be finished.

Images:  ©Ricardo Nagaoka


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Instructor: Ricardo Nagaoka

Ricardo Nagaoka is a Japanese-Latino artist, born and raised in Paraguay and a grandson of Japanese immigrants. He immigrated to Canada with his family and eventually landed in the U.S to study at the Rhode Island School of Design. He lives and works in Portland, OR. Ricardo has had his work published by The New York Times, M le Monde, The British Journal of Photography, and has been commissioned by The New York Times, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, California Sunday Magazine, The Atlantic, and VICE.