Immerse yourself in this compelling and intimate look at the art of portraiture. The best portraits are often as much a reflection of the maker as they are of the subject, and in this course, we take a closer look at what transforms a simple photograph into an evocative portrait. Students focus on the elements that make a compelling portrait, including composition, lighting, subject, pose, gesture and environment. We also address strategies for working with subjects and methods for making emotionally resonant photographs.
Media & Techniques:
Students use digital cameras, a digital workflow with Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop and digital printmaking techniques.
Through discussions, presentations of classic and contemporary portrait photographers, demonstrations, and the daily creation of new photographs, we investigate the elements that make a compelling portrait, including composition, lighting, subject, pose, gesture and environment.
Jess T. Dugan is an artist whose work explores issues of gender, sexuality, identity and community through photographic portraiture. Her photography is regularly exhibited internationally and is in the permanent collections of several major museums. Jess’ first monograph, Every Breath We Drew, was published in September 2015, coinciding with a solo museum exhibition at the Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College. She is the recipient of a 2015 Pollock- Krasner Foundation Grant. Jess is represented by the Catherine Edelman Gallery in Chicago. www.jessdugan.com