SFW Perspectives

From the Personal to the Universal: The Tools to Create Intimate Portraits

with Rania Matar

March 21 and March 28, 2023

Tuesdays; 3:30 - 5:30 pm (Mountain Time)

  • Tuition $295.00
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Course Description

“The most difficult thing for me is a portrait. You have to try and put your camera between the skin of a person and his shirt.” – Henri Cartier-Bresson

In this day of iPhones, Instagram, and selfie culture, images of people are constantly part of our life in more ways than they have ever been. However, capturing a powerful portrait goes well beyond the quick press of a button.

Acclaimed portrait photographer and teacher, Rania Matar, reveals the key elements that make powerful portraits during this engaging two-presentation webinar. Rania delves into the process of working with people from approaching potential subjects, establishing trust, and developing a relationship. In this all-important process, one learns to pay attention to detail, postures, expressions, and the use of the environment, while working through the process and all the details of creating a great portrait. Rania also discusses the use of framing, natural light, location, background, body language, the significance of the gaze or not, as well as paying close attention to the relationship of the photographer to the subject throughout the entire process.

Rania shares her tools, her process, and reviews the many different aspects of portraiture — close-up portraits, environmental portraits, documentary portraits, collaborative portraits, self-portraits, group portraits, and conceptual portraits. She also discusses editing your work, putting a portfolio together, portfolio reviews, and important resources for photographers.

This two-session online program with Rania offers community, connection, and reveals important new ways of working with people and making intimate and creative portraits.

Additional Information

WHO SHOULD ATTEND:
All are welcome
Special Notes:

This webinar will meet 3:30 – 5:30 pm (Mountain Time) on Tuesday, March 21 and Tuesday, March 28 (two online group sessions).

Webinar software (available for no charge from Zoom.com) will be used to facilitate the class sessions. Further details will be emailed to registrants.

Santa Fe Workshops always aims to produce a high-quality experience for our online attendees. That said, variables including regional and local internet provider speeds, traffic on Zoom's servers, and your own computing hardware can contribute to a less than ideal streaming event. While we do our best to minimize the impact of these variables, they are outside the control of Santa Fe Workshops.

Policies:

View Withdrawal and Transfer Policies for online programs.

For the convenience of participants, recordings of each class session are posted privately for one month after the end of each session. Santa Fe Workshops takes the recordings down after one month to protect the intellectual property of our instructors.

Categories
One-of-a-Kind, Portraiture
about
Rania Matar

Rania Matar was born and raised in Lebanon and moved to the U.S. in 1984. As a Lebanese-born American woman and mother, her cross-cultural experience and personal narrative inform her photography. 

Rania’s work has been widely exhibited in museums worldwide in solo and group exhibitions, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Carnegie Museum of Art, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Rollins Museum of Art, Fotografiska, and more. It is part of the permanent collections of several museums, institutions, and private collections. A mid-career retrospective of her work was recently on view at Cleveland Museum of Art, Amon Carter Museum of American Art, and the American University of Beirut Museum.

In 2023, Rania will have two solo museum exhibitions of her recently published series SHE at the Huntsville Museum of Art and the Fitchburg Museum of Art. Her images will also be part of a traveling exhibition about Women Artists from the Middle East that opens at LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art).  

Rania received several awards and nominations including: a 2022 Leica Women Foto Project Award, 2018 Guggenheim Fellowship, 2017 Mellon Foundation artist-in-residency grant, 2021 (and 2011, 2007) Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellowships, and a 2011 Griffin Museum of Photography Legacy Award. She is currently a finalist for the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition with an exhibition at the Smithsonian National Gallery of Art in Washington DC, and for the Taylor Wessing Prize with an exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in London.  In 2008 she was a finalist for the Foster Award at the ICA/Boston, with an accompanying solo exhibition. 

She published four books: SHE, 2021; L’Enfant-Femme, 2016; A Girl and Her Room, 2012; Ordinary Lives, 2009.

Website: raniamatar.com

Instagram: @raniamatar

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