Street Portraits: How to Approach Strangers
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.
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 for StrudelmediaLive.