Telling Powerful Stories through Environmental Portraits: Monthly Group
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Telling Powerful Stories through Environmental Portraits: Monthly Group

Dates: Mondays, Sep 13–Jan 17, 2022
Time: 11:30am–2:30pm (note new time) (ET)
Sessions: 6 (Group meets once per month on the following 5 Mondays: Sep 13; Oct 18; Nov 15; Dec 13, 2021 and Jan 17, 2022, plus a private 1-on-1 session)
Limited enrollment: 6 students
Fee: $545
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A new, monthly group for students who work with environmental portraits and are looking for long-term support and continuity while developing a project. As in our weekly portrait class, we’ll cover how to tell stories about people by photographing them in their own environment — their neighborhood or home, indoors or outdoors — and how to incorporate space to reveal intimate details. We delve into ways to make your subjects feel comfortable (including social distancing), so that your images both illuminate their personalities and engage the viewer on a deeper level. We’ll also discuss the importance of collaborating with your subjects and how to combine environmental portraits with a documentary-style project. Work by other photographers will be presented. A guest speaker (to be announced) will share their work and experience. This class is limited to 6 students only and each session runs for 3 hours with a 10 minute break. Includes a private 1-on-1 session.


Please note: 1) Students must submit a selection of at least 10 images or a link to their website to be accepted to this class. 2) Students should either be working on a project, or have a project idea at the beginning of the class.
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)
I am a huge fan of live online photography classes, having participated in a dozen since 2014! Through inspiring and encouraging critique from instructors and discussion with other students, I have seen my own work and that of others grow, focus and refine. Another benefit of these classes is the opportunity to meet and interact with others, near and far, who, like myself, are not able to participate in a New York City classroom. I have enjoyed Anja's classes so very much; her expertise is impressive, her enthusiasm contagious!
—Lisa (New York City)

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.