Exploring Self Portraits
Join Jennifer McClure and Juan Cristóbal Cobo for an intensive weekend learning different approaches to self-portraiture. Both photographers have been creating images of themselves while isolated. They are reinterpreting their own gaze documenting family and themselves. While McClure’s perspective is that of a new mother, Cobo’s experience is that of a son sheltering in place with his father. McClure has been doing narrative self-portraits for years, while Cobo brings a filmmaker’s and street photographer’s eye to this new branch of his documentary practice. We will explore the intersections and creative processes of these photographers, hoping to provide vision and inspiration.
Participants will have individual reviews with both photographers on Thursday before class. Thursday evening, we will review the instructors’ work, study relevant self-portrait photographers, and brainstorm ideas for students. We will give simple technical and topical assignments each night. Friday and Saturday nights, we will critique student work and address any issues or questions that may arise from shooting. On Sunday, we will review the last assignment and do a final edit for each photographer. Students will leave with ideas and an actions plan for shooting after the class ends.
Composition of the Self (including elements and props)
How to maximize location
Referents on self-portraiture
Class runs August 6-9. Register on the Leica Akademie page HERE.