The Personal Portrait – P0203-17

Date: Jun 12 - 16, 2017

Skill Level(s): II to III i

Instructor(s): Lydia Panas

Tuition: $975
Studio Fee: $100
Registration Fee: $45


Deepen your ability to capture meaningful portraits, and engage your audience on a provocative level. This workshop focuses on creating purposeful work by finding your own voice and making a strong connection with the subject. We focus on understanding our own personal questions as they relate to creating portraits that matter to us, and to our audience. Students explore the various aspects of the personal portrait, and examine this complex craft through a variety of presentations, location shooting, group discussions and application.

Media & Techniques:

Students use digital photography, digital workflow and digital printmaking with Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop.


Through a combination of slide presentations, portfolio sharing, location shooting and discussion, we explore the technical, conceptual, motivational and emotional aspects of portraiture. We begin by sharing student portfolios and assessing individual motivations, goals and interests. Through slide presentations, we look closely at the work of renowned portrait photographers and investigate differences in style, method and intent. Students participate in daily discussions about their own photographs and what it takes to make an engaging portrait.


Lydia Panas is an artist whose portraiture explores the connection between identity and relationships. She received her M.A. in Photography from New York University International Center of Photography. Her photographs are exhibited and published worldwide and her prints are held in many public collections. Lydia is the recipient of numerous grants and awards; her 2012 monograph, The Mark of Abel, was named a top coffee table book by The Daily Beast.

Lydia Panas, Untitled

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