Street Portraits: Intention and Improvisation

Course Code: 23MCESP003I

Dates: July 17-21, 2023

Meets: M, Tu, W, Th and F from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM ET

Location: ICP (84 Ludlow Street)

Course Tuition: $970

In this course, Brooklyn-based street-portrait photographer Amy Touchette discusses various methodologies used by street photographers, the psychology behind getting the portrait you envision (including how and why to embrace fear), the role of the mind-body connection, how to gain the trust of strangers quickly and wordlessly, and what to do when things take a turn for the worse, among many other topics. Classes comprise lectures as well as discussions and critiques of the photographs students make for their assignments. Any camera will do, as long as you are able to process and share your images for each class session. This course is limited to 12 students.

Course Level / Prerequisite: Open to all skill levels. Students ranging from beginner to experienced will be successful in classes that are Open to All Skill Levels.

Students are encouraged to review ICP's Classroom Disclaimer for current information regarding COVID-19 policies, classroom guidelines, and more. These policies are subject to change at anytime.

Courses are subject to minimum enrollment. Please register early, within five days of the start-date, to reduce the likelihood of course cancellation and to ensure you receive all course-related materials in time to prepare for class. Registration for this course will close one day prior to the start date of the course.

Image: Amy Touchette
Image: Amy Touchette, from "Personal Ties: Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn" (Schilt Publishing, 2022)
Fee: $970.00

Save $200.00 or more with a Street Photography Intensive or Portrait Photography Intensive

ICP (84 Ludlow Street)

Amy Touchette

Faculty Bio
Date Day Time Location
07/17/2023Monday10 AM to 5 PM ICP (84 Ludlow Street)
07/18/2023Tuesday10 AM to 5 PM ICP (84 Ludlow Street)
07/19/2023Wednesday10 AM to 5 PM ICP (84 Ludlow Street)
07/20/2023Thursday10 AM to 5 PM ICP (84 Ludlow Street)
07/21/2023Friday10 AM to 5 PM ICP (84 Ludlow Street)

To prepare for the class, please bring 15-20 images you have made of either: people on the street, portraits, or another selection of images (ideally with people in them) as a way of introducing yourself to class. You can put these images on a flash drive, upload them somewhere (Dropbox, cloud, etc.) that you can access using the classroom computer, or bring actual prints. Please also read the short-but-sweet essay, "The Joy of Photography" by Ernst Haas, which I will provide the week before class. Any camera will do, so long as you are able to process and share your images on a weekly basis.


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