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Join Richard Renaldi for a two-day intensive workshop for students wishing to sharpen their skills making portraits of strangers. The curriculum will cover the construction of engaging portraits, the figure/ground relationship, the use of creative perspectives, and the decisive acuity required for spontaneous portraiture. The class will begin with the friendly discussion of students’ portfolios, during which each student will receive personalized feedback and tasks for improvement. Students will then study and discuss the precedent of successful portrait photographers, deconstructing varied examples to further their own work. Renaldi will also lead an afternoon excursion on location during which students will be encouraged to approach and photograph people spontaneously. The class will end with the discussion and critique of the assigned shoot. Students are encouraged to photograph digitally to allow ample time for review. The workshop’s main objective is to provide students with a technical and conceptual fluency that they may apply within their own practice.


Born in Chicago in 1968, Richard Renaldi received his BFA in photography from New York University in 1990. Exhibitions of his photographs have been mounted in galleries and museums throughout the United States, Asia, and Europe. In 2006 Renaldi’s first monograph, Figure and Ground, was published by Aperture. His second monograph, Fall River Boys, was released in 2009. Renaldi is the founder and publisher of Charles Lane Press, an independent publisher that showcases important new projects by contemporary photographers.

Saturday, October 5
10:00 am–12:00 pm: Introductions followed by the presentation of student portfolios.
12:00–1:00 pm: Discussion of the proper technique for approaching strangers.
1:00–1:30 pm: Lunch will be served.
1:30–5:00 pm: Shooting on location.

Sunday, October 6
10:00–11:00 am: Discussion and critique of Saturday’s shoot, general assessment, questions, and technical issues.
11:00 am–12:00 pm: Overview of portraiture.
12:00–12:30 pm: Renaldi presents his own work to students.
12:30–1:30 pm: Lunch will be served.
1:30–5:00 pm: Final critique / discussion.

Tuition: $500 ($450 for currently enrolled photography students and Aperture Patrons)

Aperture, 547 West 27th Street, 4th floor, New York, NY 10001

Refund/Cancellation Policy for Aperture Workshops
All fees are nonrefundable if you withdraw from a workshop less than one month prior to its start date, unless we are able to fill your seat. In the event of a medical emergency, please provide a physician’s note stating the nature of the emergency, and Aperture will issue you a credit that can be applied to future workshops. Aperture reserves the right to cancel any workshop up to one week prior to the start date if the workshop is under-enrolled, in which case a full refund will be issued. A minimum of eight students is required to run a workshop.

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