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.




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. Six of his books, A User’s Guide to the View Camera, Darkroom Dynamics, A Short Course in Photography and A Short Course in Digital Photography (with Barbara London), Photography and Photography, the Essential Way (London, Stone, Upton), are in wide and continued use for university-level courses, and there have been three artist’s books published of his photographs, Stranger Than Fiction (Light Work, 1993), Historiostomy (Piltdown Press, 2001), and Why My Pictures are Good (Nazraeli Press, 2005).

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 Professor of Photography at the University of New Mexico.

Course Dates

Jul 9 to Jul 15



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