EXPLORING SELF PORTRAITS – Jennifer McClure and Juan Cristóbal Cobo – May 21-24, 2020
Turn the camera on yourself, during this weekend intensive look into the practice of creating self-portraits. Mixing lecture, group and private reviews and assignments the instructors will share their own stories of finding creative and personal growth in the art of self-portraits.
Join Jennifer McClure and Juan Cristóbal Cobo for an intensive weekend learning different approaches to self-portraiture. Both photographers have been creating images of themselves while isolated. They are reinterpreting their own gaze documenting family and themselves. While McClure’s perspective is that of a new mother, Cobo’s experience is that of a son sheltering in place with his father. McClure has been doing narrative self-portraits for years, while Cobo brings a filmmaker’s and street photographer’s eye to this new branch of his documentary practice. We will explore the intersections and creative processes of these photographers, hoping to provide vision and inspiration.
Participants will have individual reviews with both photographers on Thursday before class. Thursday evening, we will review the instructors’ work, study relevant self-portrait photographers, and brainstorm ideas for students. We will give simple technical and topical assignments each night. Friday and Saturday nights, we will critique student work and address any issues or questions that may arise from shooting. On Sunday, we will review the last assignment and do a final edit for each photographer. Students will leave with ideas and an actions plan for shooting after the class ends.
- Camera Techniques
- Lighting Tips
- Composition of the Self (including elements and props)
- How to maximize location
- Referents on self-portraiture
Thursday – May 21th – 3:00p.m. – 6:00p.m.
Friday – May 22nd – 3:00p.m. – 6:00p.m.
Saturday – May 23rd – 10:00a.m. – 1:00p.m
Sunday – May 24th – Two Sessions, 10 a.m. – 1p.m. Break for lunch – 2:00p.m -4:00pm
The workshop with include 5 -sessions and a mix of group and one on one reviews, through the Zoom platform. Each student will have a chance a one on one portfolio review with each instructor. Times listed are Eastern Time in the United States.
Who should take this workshop?
Advanced Enthusiasts, Professionals
Things you should know:
Participants must be able to select and organize images using image editing software for class sessions.
Attendance is strictly limited to 12 students max, so be sure to sign up at your earliest opportunity.
Jennifer McClure is a fine art photographer based in New York City. She uses the camera to ask and answer questions. Her work is about solitude and a poignant, ambivalent yearning for connection. The Leica Gallery in Boston will present a solo show of her work in April 2020. She was a 2019 and 2017 Critical Mass Top 50 finalist and twice received the Arthur Griffin Legacy Award from the Griffin Museum of Photography’s annual juried exhibitions. Jennifer was awarded CENTER’s Editor’s Choice by Susan White of Vanity Fair in 2013 and has been exhibited in numerous shows across the country. She has taught workshops at PDN’s PhotoPlus Expo, the Maine Media Workshops, The Griffin Museum, and Fotofusion. Her work has been featured in publications such as GUP, The New Republic, Lenscratch, Feature Shoot, L’Oeil de la Photographie, The Photo Review, Dwell, Adbusters, and PDN. She also founded the Women’s Photo Alliance in 2015.
Juan Cristóbal Cobo was born in Colombia and moved to NewYork as a teenager. His earliest passions were centered around film making, but after many years as a cinematographer and commercial director, he found himself strongly drawn to the art of photography. As an autodidact, he brings his years of knowledge to the still image, combining his understanding of light and composition with a passion for the story. Cobo is deeply curious about the people around him, and remains curious about himself and his own emotions; and he tries to connect these to his pictures. Cobo’s work has been featured in National Geographic, The Washington Post, The New York Times, Bloomberg Businessweek, Science Magazine, Art Magazine, L’œil de la Photographie, among others
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