Street Portraits: How to Approach Strangers
© James Prochnik

Street Portraits: How to Approach Strangers

Dates: Sunday, Sep 18, 2022
Time: 12–1:30pm (ET)
Sessions: 1
Fee: $35
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Do you want to make street portraits but have a fear of approaching strangers? In this 90-minute Mini-Workshop, learn some of the ins and outs of making portraits of people you meet in chance encounters out in the world. We’ll consider what to look for, how to overcome fears you may have approaching strangers for a photo, and how to make successful images in brief encounters. We’ll review various strategies and different approaches to add your unique voice to your street portraits depending on where you are. If you’ve ever wanted to make a photo of some intriguing stranger you saw on the street but weren’t sure how to start, this workshop is for you! This is an interactive session and lively discussion is encouraged.


Mini-Workshops last about an hour and may have higher enrollment than our other classes.
Please note: Open to photographers of all levels; space is limited.
Just a quick note to say that James Prochnik’s “Poems and Pictures” class was fantastic — he is a gifted teacher and image maker. My work experienced a much needed shift during his class and my fellow classmates were equally committed to making new and exciting work. Not only did he introduce us to largely unknown photographers, he was in the trenches with us. His thoughtful critiques are what I imagine MFA students receive at Yale. This class was exactly what I needed, when I needed it. James embodies what StrudelmediaLive is all about: pushing limits to break creative barriers.
—Kirsten (Canada)
I want to thank you for such an inspiring class. You are a wonderful teacher! You brought to the forefront for me just how essential light is in a taking good photos. You also encouraged me to be experimental and I have got to know my camera better as a result. Best wishes for your upcoming photography projects. I hope you’ll be teaching again before too long.
—Anna (California)

James Prochnik
James Prochnik
James Prochnik

James Prochnik is a Brooklyn-based photographer who uses photography as a means to explore the world outside, focusing on people, place, memory and the poetry of the everyday. His photographs have been published in The New York Times, Vice Media, Lenscratch, USA Today, and Shots Magazine and have been exhibited in galleries around the country. In 2019, James launched NYC Photo Community — a weekly newsletter listing photography events, workshops, exhibitions, and opportunities for photographers everywhere. James has been a regular guest lecturer on ethics and aesthetics in street photography at the University of Vermont.

James teaches street photography, poems and pictures, richness of light, and more for StrudelmediaLive.