Rania Matar is a Lebanese-born American artist whose cross-cultural experience and personal narrative inform her photography. Her work has been exhibited and collected by museums and institutions worldwide.
She has received the Leica Women Foto Project Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Mellon Foundation Artist-in-Residency, and Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellowships.She has published four books, most recently SHE in 2021.
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.
Jun 19 - 23, 2023
The Creative Portrait
In this day of iPhones, Instagram, and selfie culture, images of people are constantly part of our life. But capturing a powerful portrait goes beyond the quick press of a button. In this workshop, we discuss elements of what makes a good portrait and delve into the process of working with people. We learn through attention to detail, environment, light, background, body language, expressions, and skills like approaching people, establishing trust, and developing a relationship with the model. We discuss the importance of collaboration and study well-known artists. Through assignments, students are encouraged to explore different aspects of portraiture and find their voice in making creative, powerful, and intimate portraits.