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Connecting with People Through Portraiture


Explore how to gain trust with your subjects, communicate your vision for the portrait, address fears when approaching strangers, and create a space for intimacy and relationship in your portrait process with Rashod Taylor.

Course Description

"A portrait is not made in the camera but on either side of it.”  — Edward Steichen

Portraits at their core are about connection and being able to capture that dialogue with your camera. In this workshop we will examine composition, lighting, and directing while discussing successful photographers to help further our work. Participants should bring a sample of their work for discussion and for personalized feedback to help improve and further their art practice. We will be photographing throughout the week and end with a final critique on the last day of class. Participants will need to work digitally as you will be image processing, editing, and printing throughout the class.




Artist Biography
Rashod Taylor (b.1985) is an emerging contemporary photographer whose work is a window into the Black American experience. Taylor attended Murray State University and earned a Bachelor's degree in Art with a specialization in Fine Art Photography. He has since exhibited and been published nationally and internationally. Most recently his Little Black Boy series was acquired by the Museum of Fine Arts Houston and received the 2021 Arnold Newman Prize For New Directions in Photographic Portraiture. Editorial clients include National Geographic, The Atlantic, Essence Magazine,  and Buzzfeed News. Rashod lives in Springfield MO, with his wife and son. 

Learn more about Rashod Taylor and his work by visiting and checking out his instagram @rashodtaylorphoto.


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