Creating Environmental Portraits That Tell Powerful Stories
© Anja Hitzenberger
Online class Co-presented by C/O Berlin and StrudelmediaLive

Creating Environmental Portraits That Tell Powerful Stories

Dates: Wednesdays, Nov 9–Dec 14, 2022
Time: 12–2pm (ET)
Sessions: 5 (No class on Nov 23. Includes 5 class sessions, plus an additional live, online guided tour on Tuesday, Nov 29 at 12pm (ET) through the exhibition “Queerness in Photography” at C/O Berlin.)
Limited enrollment: 8 students
Fee: $340
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Learn how to tell stories about people by photographing them in their own environments — their neighborhoods or homes, indoors or outdoors — and how to incorporate space to reveal intimate details.

We’ll delve into environmental portraiture and learn ways to make your subjects feel comfortable, so that your images both illuminate their personalities and engage the viewer on a deeper level. We also cover a history of the environmental portrait and discuss a selection of contemporary photographers, including photographers who combine environmental portraits with a documentary-style project.

A special highlight of the workshop will be a live, online guided tour through the exhibition “Queerness in Photography” at C/O Berlin on November 29 (12pm ET / 6pm Berlin time).

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Anja's live online classes provided an intimate and safe space where I felt comfortable to present and discuss my work with other students, thus traning me for presenting my work outside of class. The assignments coupled with class critiques taught me how to formulate my point of view of other people's work, and to continue learning about things such as composition and sequencing. I would highly recommend it to anyone who is committed to advancing their photography, or who might need a little push and new prespective on where to take their work.
—Nastassia (France)
As a photographer, I had many stories to tell but I didn't know how to evolve from photo-taker to storyteller. Anja generously shared her experience and through weekly assignments and her constructive critiques, she gave me the knowledge and confidence I needed. I'll always value her guidance as a turning point in my photography career.
—Jennifer (Monaco)

Anja Hitzenberger
Anja Hitzenberger

Anja Hitzenberger is a photographer, filmmaker, private photography consultant, and educator. She is the founder of StrudelmediaLive online classes. Anja studied at the International Center of Photography (ICP General Studies full-time program) in New York, where she is now on the faculty. Her work has been exhibited in solo and group shows, in film festivals, and on theater stages throughout Europe, the United States, South America and Asia, and published internationally in magazines and books. She has received numerous grants, including “Swing Space” from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC), and has completed residencies in Rome, Paris, Warsaw and Beijing. Anja enjoys teaching students from different nationalities, and has several years of experience in teaching live online photography classes, as well as in-person workshops in New York, Europe, and China. Originally from Salzburg, Austria, she divides her time between New York and Vienna.

Anja teaches visual storytelling, environmental portraits, critique groups, and how movies can inspire your photography for StrudelmediaLive.