The Collaborative Portrait
March 8 - March 14, 2009
This workshop is currently full. Please call to be placed on the waiting list (505) 983-1400, ext. 11.
The primary challenge in creating a great editorial portrait is knowing how to bring out the subject’s personality. As photographers, we must not only instantly establish a relationship with our subjects but also create an environment of trust that allows them to open up and reveal themselves. Creating provocative and telling portraits requires the subject’s cooperation, creative input, and point of view. Collaboration, in other words, is key.
This workshop is a unique opportunity to explore the ever-changing world of magazine portraiture with the collaborative team of photographer Max Vadukel and director of photography Jodi Peckman. Both in the studio and on location, photographers are expected to deliver fresh, exciting portraits while working under many kinds of pressures. Jodi and Max talk about these pressures and how best to deal with them. Daily studio or location assignments involve such essential production decisions as selecting subjects, scouting locations, and choosing props. Results are critiqued the next morning by Jodi and Max.
Max demonstrates various lighting techniques and discusses ways of establishing an ambience on the set to foster rapport and produce work that reflects the collaboration between photographer and subject. He offers advice on situations that can arise when photographing business and celebrity subjects as well as “real” people and large groups. Jodi shares her expertise as an editor and meets with each participant individually to discuss career goals and review portfolios.
Assignments focus on creating memorable photographs for magazine covers, editorial spreads, and portrait essays. Image presentations and discussions cover the business aspects of editorial photography.
Jodi Peckman, director of photography for Rolling Stone, is responsible for overseeing the legendary music magazine’s iconic and news-making photo images. A graduate of the School of Visual Arts, she joined Rolling Stone in 1987 and over the years has worked with many of the most influential photographers of our time, including Sebastião Salgado, Mary Ellen Mark, David LaChapelle, Albert Watson, Mark Seliger, and Larry Fink. She is a two-time recipient (in 1994 and 2006) of an American Society of Magazine Editors Award and has collected numerous Society of Publication Designers and American Photography Awards.
Max Vadukul, a staff photographer for The New Yorker and Interview, is internationally known for his work in the fashion, art, celebrity, and editorial worlds. He has photographed editorial and fashion campaigns for Italian Vogue, L’uomo Vogue, Vogue Hommes International, Egoiste, i-d, Chloe, Comme Des Garcons, Yohji Yamamoto, Romeo Gigli, Armani, Sonia Rykiel, Max Mara, and Express; published two books, Max and Crazy Horse; and photographed more than a dozen covers for Rolling Stone. Max’s Web site address is www.maxvadukul.com.
Who Should Attend
This workshop is for professional photographers who have worked extensively in portraiture and have a solid foundation in artificial lighting. Participants must use digital capture in this workshop. See the "Digital Cameras" section of General Information. A sample of recent artificially lit color portraits is required for admission.
On-campus housing available.
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Meal plan required
Tuition & Fees
Model and Materials Fee: $60.00