Fear of photographing people can dictate the pictures we make and even alter our career trajectory. Guided by Greg Miller, explore and identify these common fears and anxieties and how to overcome them.

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

How do we make a photograph of a stranger that tells a story within a single frame? And how do we do this if the idea of talking to a complete stranger paralyzes us with fear? Guided by photographer Greg Miller, this intensive, yet fun, workshop helps you explore and identify fears and anxieties around photographing people, particularly strangers so that you can make the pictures you have always wanted to make.

We will find what is missing in your portraiture and offer you the tools to make better pictures. We will address the relative discomfort around portraiture while building your confidence at the same time. Through daily class meetings with all participants, this class will not only help you build confidence photographing strangers but also discover and cultivate your unique photographic practice.

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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 excursions. Class demos will include photographing strangers on the street. Students will complete assignments and review with the class everyday. 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.

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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