Telling Powerful Stories through Environmental Portraits: Monthly Group
© anja hitzenberger

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.
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)
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, 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.