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Photographing Strangers

Photographing Strangers: 
Making portraits on the street in the moment

Instructor: Michael Joseph
Location: Digital Silver Imaging, Belmont, MA
Fee: $350

9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday, May 16, 2020
Sunday, May 17, 2020

Photo by Michael JosephThis intensive two-day, weekend workshop is designed to provide both instructional material for photographing strangers on the street and hands-on, shooting in the field. Class participants do not need prior experience shooting strangers on the street, but must have complete mastery of their cameras. Digital shooting, polaroid, and film shooting are acceptable, but iPhone work is not.

The first day class will include reviewing recognized street portraiture photographers. Student’s own work will be reviewed so that each student can be given specific direction. We will discuss approaching strangers, how to build relationships with subjects, how to work with subjects on the street, shooting tips and techniques, using natural light, and obtaining personal stories and release forms. We will then go out on the street and make portraits. Each student will be given individual attention and help making a portrait on the street with the instructor.

The second day class will include more instruction and review of each student’s work. We will also discuss turning street portraiture into long term projects and/or how street portraiture might fit into an overall documentary project.

Michael Joseph

Michael Joseph is a street and street portrait photographer. Raised just outside of New York City, his inspirations are drawn from interactions with strangers on city streets and aims to afford his audience the same experience through his photographs. His portraits are made on the street, unplanned and up close to allow the viewer to explore the immediate and unseen.

Michael’s project “Lost and Found” has been featured on CNN.com, Vice.com, PaperMag.com and published in magazines internationally. He has been exhibited internationally, notably in the Aperture Gallery (New York, NY), Daniel Cooney Fine Art (New York, NY), The Getty Images Gallery (London, UK), and the Rayko Gallery (San Francisco, CA). His portraits are held in the permanent collection at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Fort Wayne Museum of Art in Indiana, and private collections.

He has lectured for Amy Arbus at the International Center of Photography (New York, NY) in portraiture classes at the New England School of Photography (Boston, MA) and taught at the Light Factory (Charlotte, NC).

He is a 2016 Photolucida Top 50 winner, LensCulture Portrait Award Finalist, and a recipient of the fellowship in photography from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. He is represented by Daniel Cooney Fine Art (New York, NY).




Refund policy

Full refund minus $50 for withdrawing up until two weeks prior to start of lab. 
Full refund minus $100 for withdrawing up to 24 hours after first meeting.
No refund after 24 hours after first meeting.
Refunds requests must be in writing to info@socialdocumentary.net