Born in Lebanon and living in the U.S., Rania Matar, a Guggenheim 2018 Fellow, works full time on her personal photography, focusing on girls and women, and spanning both cultures. Her work has been widely published and exhibited internationally, and is in the permanent collections of museums and private collections worldwide. She has published four books: SHE (release date Spring 2021), L’Enfant-Femme, A Girl and Her Room, and Ordinary Lives.
Rania's Upcoming Workshops
Photography students have a basic understanding of photography principles and technology and are comfortable using an SLR camera in manual mode. New Media students have a basic understanding of video, multimedia or animation software. Students have basic computer skills and are comfortable using a Macintosh computer.
Photography students have some formal training and significant experience making, capturing and digitally processing images using Adobe Lightroom and/or Adobe Photoshop. New Media students have some formal training in conceptual and technological aspects of video, multimedia, coding or animation and are versed in the appropriate software applications. Students have a portfolio of their artwork.
Jul 5 - 9, 2021
The Portrait: Expressing Identity
Capturing a powerful portrait goes well beyond the press of a button. In this workshop, students explore all aspects of portraiture and delve into the process of working with people. Participants learn through attention to detail, postures and expressions, approaching potential subjects, establishing trust and developing a relationship, working through the process and all of the details of creating a great portrait. The course also discusses well-known artists, framing, environment, light, location, background, body language, expressions, and the importance of the gaze, as well as the relationship of the photographer to the model throughout the entire process.