The Personal Narrative

The Personal Narrative

Amy Arbus
Week 3: June 25 to June 30
Time: 9am-12pm
Tuition: $650
Model Fee: $40
Materials Fee: $25
Discipline: Photography
Open to All
Registration Open
Registration Open: 2 places available
On-site Housing Full
Workshop Description 

We will explore the photo essay as a way to reveal the nature of a person (or people) in context, over time. A compelling picture story sets the scene, introduces the characters, evokes a mood, and shows the conflict and all of its bittersweet consequences. Participants are encouraged to think about story ideas that relate to your own personal experience before class. Through slide presentations and critiques we will discuss techniques for lifestyle, photojournalism, fashion and traditional portraiture. Key topics will be: approaching people, collaborating with them and encouraging them to feel at ease. Most importantly, we will cover techniques for editing, sequencing and presentation.

In preparation for class, please read Art & Fear: Observations On the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking by David Bayles and Ted Orland. Familiarize yourself with "The Country Doctor," by W. Eugene Smith from Life Magazine


Photographer AMY ARBUS has published five books, including On the Street 1980-1990, The Inconvenience of Being Born and The Fourth Wall. Her clients include American Express, Marina Rinaldi, Novartis, The New Yorker and The New York Times Magazine. Amy Arbus is represented by The Schoolhouse Gallery in Massachusetts. Her photographs are a part of the collection of The National Theater in Norway, The New York Public Library and The Museum of Modern Art in New York.