Abigail Blosser will be teaching Documentary Portraiture: A View from Two Sides in the fall 2011 term for the Continuing Education program at the Center for Documentary Studies. To learn more about the course and to register, please visit the Continuing Education registration site.
Abigail Blosser is a practicing artist and photographer. Her art has been exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the United States, including the Kennedy Museum of Art, the Reese Museum, and at Duke University. She earned her M.F.A. in photography from Ohio University and has taught photography to students of all ages. Her commercial photographic work can be viewed on her website: http://abigailblosserphotography.com/.
Documentary Portraiture: A View from Two Sides
All Levels | Taught by Abigail Blosser
September 5–October 24, 2011
Center for Documentary Studies, Duke University
Course fee: $270
How would you describe your experience of creating someone’s portrait? How would the subject describe their experience with you? This class will be a theoretical and practical exploration of portraiture from both the subject’s and photographer’s perspectives. Through examination of your own individual practice as a photographer, you will learn to merge documentary approaches with the artistic aesthetic involved in portraiture.
The photographer’s intentions, the relationship between photographer and subject, sensitivity for surroundings, and awareness of expressive possibilities will be explored in the class. We will also address practical aspects of portraiture such as working with different types of cameras and lighting as students develop their own artistic voice through shooting assignments, engaging in weekly discussions, examining portraits, and reviewing works-in-progress.