CANCELED: Self-Portrait Photography

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In this class, we'll talk about the elements of a portrait, both technical and theoretical, and how we can use photography to understand and express ourselves. Self-portraiture requires very few tools, but you need dedication, at least initially, to practicing it. It is an excellent way, for example, to learn how your camera works, and to get a better grasp on essential photographic elements such as lighting and mood. We will practice setting up and shooting self-portraits as a class, so come prepared to shoot! I will encourage that you begin a consistent self-portrait project, like 52 Weeks or 365 Days, and am happy to continue critique after the class has ended via email.



Have a look at some of these self-portrait artists as a way to get excited about class!

Francesca Woodman

Cindy Sherman

 (will post more soon!)

UPDATE: THIS CLASS HAS BEEN CANCELED. You need to have a camera -- any kind will do, be it SLR, point-and-shoot, or camera phone, as long as it has a self-timer function. (e.g. there are apps on iPhone, for example, that allow you to use a self-timer.) Bringing a tripod would be excellent, but we can always share. Extra accessories, like wireless remotes or cable releases are also a great idea, as are props if you want to have fun! Also, you need an enthusiasm for photography that will carry you after the class is done, as this class is meant to be an informative "launch pad" into an independent self-portrait project.
  • Self-Portrait Photography


    New York, NY

    Thu, August 23rd, 2012

    7:00 pm - 8:30 pm EDT

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Bex Finch


Through a 365 Days self-portrait project, I learned how to use my camera and how to photograph other people, and I became passionate about photography and confident with the idea that I am an artist. I would love to be able to share that with others. I have been working for three years on a project called The Sleepwalker, which involves self-portraits of myself and portraits of my father who has Alzheimer's disease. Self-portraiture is arguably the most important part of my photography as a whole. My fine art work -- primarily environmental portraiture and landscape -- uses film and digital photographs as well as Instagram, where I have over 165,000 followers. I lived in San Francisco for nearly 4 years, in that time doing graduate work in photography at San Francisco Art Institute. I was featured in a short documentary as a trendsetting artist in San Francisco. I now live and work in Brooklyn.

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