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Street Photography and Documentary Portraiture

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Street Photography and Documentary Portraiture - Six Session Course

Join us for a six-session course on street photography. In this course, we will learn the history of this genre of photography as well as techniques. We will then go out as a group to photograph the streets of Austin in two Saturday sessions. 

We will culminate this workshop by creating a printed body of work that we will show at Artworks Gallery in Downtown Austin. See below for a full schedule and more info. 

“The photographer is an armed version of the solitary walker reconnoitering, stalking, cruising the urban inferno, the voyeuristic stroller who discovers the city as a landscape of voluptuous extremes. Adept of the joys of watching, connoisseur of empathy, the flâneur [observer of society] finds the world picturesque.”  - Susan Sontag  

Street photography is photography conducted for art or enquiry that features unmediated chance encounters and random incidents within public places. It might be absent of people and can be of an object or environment where the image projects a decidedly human character in facsimile or aesthetic. Framing and timing can be key aspects. It can focus on people and their behavior in public, thereby also recording people's history. It can also focus on traces left by humanity that say something about life. Much of what is regarded, stylistically and subjectively, as definitive street photography was made in the era spanning the end of the 19th century through to the late 1970s

We'll begin the workshop by reviewing the work of prominent street photographers who have come before us and who currently work the medium this way. It gives us a sense of humanity and allows us to stay with the historical aspects of this approach, not to mention, help us meet some pointers along the way. 

Topics Covered

• street environment
• evaluation
• activity (movement)
• juxtapositions
• foreground/background relationships
• light-play/shadow-play (lighting)
• camera position
• perspective
• angle
• shape/form
• geometry
• timing (“decisive moment”)
• depth-of-field/focal range
• anachronism
• cultural (other) contrast
• repetition
• symmetry/asymmetry
 

Documentary portraiture techniques discussed

• street environment
• evaluation
• subject(s) engagement
• set up of subject(s) - backdrop (background) relationship
• posturing/expression of subject(s)
 

Structure & Content | Six sessions

Classroom Session 1 - Friday, June 5 from 6 to 9 p.m.

Introduction and history of street photography, discussion of Masters' photographs and Chambers' [instructor's] photographs, discussion of the street environment and documentation concepts/strategies. 

Field Shooting Session 1 - Saturday, June 6 from 9 a.m. to Noon

We will meet as a group to photograph the streets of Austin and to reinforce and encourage everyone’s approach/encounters on the streets. The group will break up and move out for individual documentation. All photographers will meet after their documentation for coffee and overview discussion. Students will be asked to edit down their images to a maximum of ten images on a flash drive [USB] for critique and discussion during next session. 

Classroom Session 2 - Friday, June 12 from 6 to 9 p.m.

This session will include critique and discussion of photographs made on the streets of Austin via flash-drive projection. We'll continue discussion of the street environment and documentation concepts/strategies. 

Field Shooting Session 2 - Saturday, June 13 from 3 to 6 p.m.

We will again meet as a group to photograph the street of Austin and reinforce and encourage everyone’s approach/encounters on the streets. The group will break up and move out for individual documentation. All photographers will meet after their documentation for coffee and overview discussion. Studengts will be asked to edit down their images to a maximum of ten images on a flash drive [USB] for critique and discussion during next session. 

Classroom Session 3 - Friday, June 19 from 6 to 9 p.m.

This session will include critique and discussion of photographs made on the streets of Austin via flash-drive projection. We'll continue discussion of the street environment and documentation concepts/strategies. 

Classroom Session 4 - Friday, June 26 from 6 to 9 p.m.

This final classroom Session will include further editing and discussion of photographs for exhibition. Each student will select one to two images to display. We'll discussion image finishing -  size, matting, framing for first exhibition at Artworks in Austin.

Exhibition

We will exhibit student's prints from the class as a body of work at Artworks Gallery in downtown Austin from July 11 to Aug. 22. We will host an opening reception at Artworks on July 11 from 2 to 5 p.m. 

Artworks is located at 1214 W 6th St STE 105, Austin, TX 78703.

Required Equipment

• Camera and lens or lenses (digital or film)
• Film or SD media
• Photo Finishing materials (to be discussed in class)

About the Instructor

Tom R. Chambers is a street/documentary portraiture photographer with over 100 exhibitions to his credit in the States and overseas. His "Dyer Street Portraiture" project was listed in the notable exhibitions section of American Photo magazine, March 1986. He has also managed photo departments for Texas Tech University, University of Rhode Island, and the City of Providence. He was personal photographer to the Mayor of Providence, 1985-1990. He has taught photography in the States, Zimbabwe, China, and India. He owned/directed a photography gallery (Viewpoint) in Lubbock (Texas) in the 1980s. 

tom@tomrchambers.com 

This is a one-time class. Please review our class cancellation policy below. 

Class Cancellations

Tier 2: Special Events and One-Time Classes
You have up until seven days before a scheduled Mock Wedding, Flash Fest, Portraits in Depth Series, Photo Campouts (including Spring and Fall Photo Camping Extravaganza), special events and one-time classes to cancel and receive a full refund or to reschedule. If you do not show up for a tier 2 class your registration will be forfeited and you will not be permitted a refund or to reschedule. Cancellations made within 7 days of the class will receive a 50% refund.

Minimum Enrollment
Each class needs a minimum number of students to enroll before the class can “make.” If the minimum enrollment has not been met two business days before the class begins, the class will be cancelled. All students who enrolled in the class will be notified by telephone or email, and may transfer to a different class or be issued a refund (see refund procedure). We encourage all students to enroll as soon as registration begins. Please check your phone and email messages, including your SPAM.

How to Reschedule or Cancel a Class
Please contact the store at 512-467-7676 or email classes@precision-camera.com to cancel a class. Class cancellations or requests to be rescheduled that are sent through other channels, such as Facebook or Meetup.com messages, will not be honored. 

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