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Street Photography, Documentary Portraiture Workshop and Exhibition

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Street Photography and Documentary Portraiture - All Way Workshop

This all-day course will cover the history of street photography as well as techniques. The group will go out to photograph the streets of Austin the second session. The session will involve analysis of student images and selection for exhibition.

The workshop will culminate in a printed body of work that will be shown at Artworks Gallery in downtown Austin. 

The workshop will begin 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.


“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.

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 

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

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.

The final part of the session will include a critique and discussion of photographs made on the streets of Austin via flash-drive projection. The final bit will include 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.


We will exhibit student's prints from the class as a body of work at Artworks Gallery in downtown Austin from January 1st to February 5th. 

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

• Laptop for editing portion of 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. 

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 to cancel a class. Class cancellations or requests to be rescheduled that are sent through other channels, such as Facebook or messages, will not be honored. 


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