Photo by Amy Arbus
Day of the Dead: The Single Narrative Portrait with Amy Arbus (Weekend-Intensive)
- October 27, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
- October 28, 2017
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
- October 29, 2017
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
A single narrative portrait is a photograph that tells story as a moment in time. It has the ability to capture the magical moment of recognition between photographer and subject. It is a moment of clarity—sometimes an accident and sometimes a gift.
In this workshop, join Amy Arbus for a weekend of photographing and examining the single narrative portrait. For practice, the workshop has been carefully planned for an inside look at the Day of the Dead festivities in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery (or on Olvera Street). The festivities will include costumed ritual dancers, musicians, decorated altars, contests and processions. Our mission is to create a powerful single narrative portrait that will mystify, provoke, amuse, enlighten or disturb. We will approach the single narrative as a template for a more complex photo essay made over time.
The workshop encourages students to photograph people in an entirely new way, to develop a sense of movement and urgency in their photographs, and to capture the strange and complicated nature of being human. The class will explore the art of spontaneous portraits, photographing at night, reportage, and storytelling.
In preparation for class, please read Art & Fear: Observations On the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking by David Bayles and Ted Orland. Participants should come with a digital camera, a phone that takes pictures (if possible), a portfolio of roughly 20 images (either prints or files to project) and the desire to try something new.
Dates: Friday, October 27, 7-9 pm + Saturday and Sunday, October 28-29, 10 am – 6 pm
(Please note exact meeting times may vary.)
Enrollment Limit: 15 students
Skill/Experience Level: Open to all levels, but students should have a working knowledge of their camera and the ability to shoot in manual mode.
Venue Phone: (323) 464-0909
Venue Website: https://lacphoto.org/Address: