Friday, August 23, 2013

Neal Slavin's "The Individual and Group Portrait" Class

Sometimes the best way to hone and practice your craft is to study and learn from the best of the best. From apprenticeship to internship, people have learned valuable skills by studying one-on-one with those that have mastered their work for thousands of years. In today’s world, if you want to truly learn more about photography, you might want to follow Neal Slavin. Famed portrait and documentary photographer, Neal Slavin will be teaching a class on portraiture!


In this class students will learn the pleasures of taking the formal and informal individual portrait as well as the small to medium group portrait. The course is designed to give each student maximum ability to create portraits from their own perspective, often breaking the “how to” rules of classic portraiture. They will nonetheless learn the basic elements such as finding character, location vs. studio, lighting (or not), the use of props, posing, make-up vs. imperfection, gesture and the age-old dilemma of flattery as opposed to stark realism. They will learn the idea of the public portrait vs. the privately revealing intimate, personal portrait. Homework assignments and session critiques will help students learn both the positive and negative elements of their own work as they progress. The use of all formats of film and digital are welcome.

Time: October 29th to November 26th, 2013 with 5 consecutive weekly classes.
Location: TBD 
  •      Students must have basic skills with their own cameras and generally all forms of digital & film cameras except point & shoots
  •      Full payment of $500 for the 5 session, 3 hour class to be paid in advance through PayPal. (THE PRICE OF THIS EVENT HAS BEEN UPDATED)
  •      (Please go to this link to pay with PayPal:

Please contact with any questions or for more information. 

Neal's latest and greatest project focuses on "The Passion of Prayer" for all kinds of religions. About this project, Neal says,

"You can't photograph the wind; you can only photograph what the wind affects. In the same way, you can only photograph what prayer affects – people. This is a photographic journey about people who come together to pray … In this journey we will encounter many forms of prayer that provoke questions abut the privacy of prayer in public spaces which is a central concern of this book.  It also answers questions about how we pray – the techniques we use to reach a higher being and what we look like when we pray together.”

To learn more about Neal's work, take a look at  his website or check out this article about Neal in the Philadelphia Citypaper.