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Tender Gaze: Making Collaborative Portraits with Mengwen Cao (Webinar)

  • Saturday
    November 18, 2023
    10:00 am - 11:30 am

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© Photo by Mengwen Cao


In this 90-minute webinar, we will examine the power of the gaze, develop an intentional way of seeing with visual thinking strategy (VTS) and use image-making to connect with each other on a deep level. We will practice the process of making collaborative portraits by creating virtual portraits with zoom.  


Mengwen Cao (they/them) is a photographer, artist and educator based in New York.

As a queer Chinese immigrant, they use care and tenderness to explore spaces between race, gender, and cultural identity. Their projects have been featured on publications like Aperture, Vogue, i-D, The New York Times and NPR. They have participated in international exhibitions like BredaPhoto, Photoville, Jimei Arles, Lianzhou Foto Festival.

Mengwen graduated from the New Media Narratives and Documentary Practice program at the International Center of Photography. They received NLGJA’s Excellence in Photojournalism Award in 2019. They were recognized by The Lit List in 2018, PDN 30 in 2019, World Press Photo 6×6 Global Talent in 2020 and Art in America 20 Talent to Watch in 2023.

Previously, Mengwen has served as a board member of Authority Collective, championing space for diverse narratives and perspectives in the media industry. 




  • One Session
  • Dates: Saturday, November 18, 10-11:30 am PST
  • Skill/Experience Level: Open to all levels
  • Tuition: $55 Non-Members; $45 Members (Become a Member and save!)
  • Location: Online

This class is part of our Saturday webinar series. These 90-minute presentations, taught by leading professionals in the field, are designed to be informative and educational. A wide range of topics will be explored. Each webinar will end with a Q&A from the audience.

A details email complete with the Zoom link will be sent to the attendees prior to the start date. If you have additional questions please email

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