Photographing People, Telling Powerful Stories
© Anja Hitzenberger

Photographing People, Telling Powerful Stories

Dates: Mondays, Sep 17–Oct 15, 2018
Time: 2–4pm (ET)
Sessions: 5
Limited enrollment: 10 students
Fee: $325
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Learn how to tell stories about people by photographing them in their own environment — their home, workplace or on the street in their neighborhood — and how to incorporate space that tells a story about the subject. We will discuss ways to make your subject feel comfortable and relaxed so that the images will illuminate their personality and feel more intimate. Students are encouraged to use available light, but basic lighting setups using portable LED lights will be discussed. A history of the environmental portrait as well as a selection of contemporary photographers will be presented.


What a great class — I learned a lot and found it very inspirational!
—Jessica (New York City)
Anja's course helped me to get out of my comfort zone and grow as a photographer — the assignments and the feedback helped me to be more honest about my work and challenge myself more. I cannot stress enough how useful her courses would be for anyone looking to improve as a storyteller and photographer. I really enjoyed the interactive part where you can speak and see the other people in class in real time — it really brings up the learning experience.
—Alejandra (Mexico)

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.