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.

Jul 3, 2023 - Jul 7, 2023

Levels: Intermediate, Advanced,
Workshop Fee: $1595
Workshop Duration: 1-week (Monday-Friday)
Class Size: 12

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

Whether we are aware of it or not, fear of photographing people can dictate the pictures we make, inhibit the success of our projects, and even alter our career trajectory. But shouldn’t one’s creativity–not fear–be the deciding factor when considering whether to photograph someone?

Guided by photographer Greg Miller, this intensive, yet fun, in-person workshop tackles these anxieties head-on by motivating and empowering you to remove these invisible obstacles. Additionally, we find what is missing in your portraiture and offer you the tools to make the pictures you know you can make within the week of the workshop and beyond. 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.

Image Credit: Greg Miller

This course helps you explore and identify fears and anxieties around photographing people, particularly strangers but instead of dwelling on or dismissing these fears, we substitute the fear with your deeply held purpose for making pictures. 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.

Daily lectures, critiques, and photographic excursions will take place. Students will complete assignments and review them with the class every day. Additionally, Greg will have a one-on-one meeting 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