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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Since I haven't had the opportunity to study photography formally, I needed a course that would help me acquire an awareness of the composition skills I was thinking about unconsciously. Anja helped me improve my observation skills, both explaining the main elements of composition, with reference to the techniques used by other photographers, and through shooting exercises and group critique, which took me, week after week, to intentionally compose the frame in order to develop a narrative.
—Gianluca (Italy)
Thank you for all your guidance and patience with my project. There were some terrific students/talent in the class and you did a great job getting everyone to participate!
—Gerald (Minneapolis)

Anja Hitzenberger
Anja Hitzenberger
Anja Hitzenberger is a photographer, filmmaker, consultant, and educator. She is the founder of StrudelmediaLive, an educational platform that offers live online photography classes and more to people around the world. Anja studied in the Creative Practice full-time program at the International Center of Photography (ICP) in New York City, and has been on the faculty there since 2009. She is dedicated to working with people from different cultures across the globe.

Her work has been exhibited in solo and group shows, film festivals, and on theater stages throughout Europe, the United States, South America, and Asia. Her photography has been published internationally and is a part of both private and institutional collections, including the International Center of Photography. She has received numerous artistic grants and has been awarded residencies in Rome, Paris, Warsaw, Beijing, and Tainan (Taiwan). A focus of her activities has been working with live performance, including producing a multimedia piece that toured in New York City, Austria, and Korea.

Anja has been teaching live online photography classes since 2015, as well as in-person workshops in New York, Europe, China, and Taiwan. 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.