Black-and-White Film Portraits

Course Code: 23SCEFB105

Dates: April 14 - May 12, 2023

Meets: F from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM ET

Location: ICP (84 Ludlow Street)

Course Tuition: $570

There is a long and rich history of black-and-white film portraits in photography. From the first daguerreotype, to contemporary photographers such as Dawoud Bey, the portrait on black-and-white film continues to have a strong presence in the medium. Working with natural and artificial light in the studio and on location, students explore the traditions and process of black-and-white film portraiture, learning about essential decisions involving context, focus, and framing. The class learns techniques for directing photographic subjects and composing images to create a more compelling portrait. The class also includes technical instruction on different types of film available, camera ASA, and metering.

Course Level / Prerequisite: Intermediate: You are familiar with a camera, whether film or digital. You understand aperture, shutter speed, exposure, white balance, histograms, and how to control focus. You are comfortable editing and processing your images. You may want to learn how to utilize your camera in a more thoughtful and articulate way, or learn more about lighting or how to utilize theoretical concepts in relation to your portfolio of work.

In accordance with ICP’s COVID-19 Safety Guidelines and Policies, all Continuing Education students are required to be fully vaccinated in order to attend onsite courses. This includes courses taking place at the ICP School location (79 Essex Street - entrance at 84 Ludlow Street) as well as offsite locations. Students will be required to provide proof of their vaccination status during the registration process, unless an exemption has been granted. Masks are strongly recommended, but not required in class and in other public areas of ICP to protect the health and safety of all employees, students and visitors. 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. In order to comply with ICP’s COVID-19 Safety Guidelines and Policies, registration for this course will close two days prior to the start date of the course.

Image: Ken Collins
Image: Ken Collins, “persona 7”, ‘PERSONA’, 2019
Fee: $570.00

Fee Breakdown

Course Fee (Basic)Course Tuition$ 535.00
Mandatory FeeMaterial Fee$ 35.00

ICP (84 Ludlow Street)

Ken Collins

Faculty Bio
Date Day Time Location
04/14/2023Friday2 PM to 5 PM ICP (84 Ludlow Street)
04/21/2023Friday2 PM to 5 PM ICP (84 Ludlow Street)
04/28/2023Friday2 PM to 5 PM ICP (84 Ludlow Street)
05/05/2023Friday2 PM to 5 PM ICP (84 Ludlow Street)
05/12/2023Friday2 PM to 5 PM ICP (84 Ludlow Street)

For the first class, please bring in examples of analog black-and-white portrait photography that is interesting or inspiring. Historic or contemporary work is welcome.


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