The BUCKshot: A Focused Approach to Portraiture with Chris Buck
Friday-Sunday, December 9-11
Workshop fee: $1200 + $300 model fee | Class Limit: 6
This weekend intensive portraiture workshop with models is limited to six photographers, will go through the strategies and pitfalls of executing truly fascinating portraits with celebrities and regular folks alike, focusing on time crunches, shy subjects and organizing for a successful session. There will be some discussion of equipment and technology, but most of our time will go into relationships – with your sitters, their handlers, and most of all with yourself and your fears.
The workshop will kick off with an hour long meet-and-greet after Chris Buck’s book signing and presentation on self-publishing at the PhotoBOOK Fair. Saturday will begin with a lectures and a day of shooting with models at the historic Mansion Vitry in Treme neighborhood. Sunday morning begins with critique and more shooting followed by a farewell late lunch.
Assignments will focus on taking ordinary shooting situations and making intriguing portraits out of them, some indoors, but mostly outside, on-location. It will be exciting and challenging.
Friday, December 9
Chris Buck at the PhotoBOOK fair, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, 4-4:30 pm
Meet and greet with the class at Higgins Hotel, 4:45-5:30 pm
Saturday, December 10
Class lecture and photographing models at historic Mansion Vitry, 9 am-4 pm
Sunday, December 11
Class review lecture and photographing at historic Mansion Vitry, 9 am-2 pm
Who should attend?
This workshop will benefit photographers who are interested in taking their portraiture and perhaps business to the next level. Participants gain behind-the-scenes perspective into commercial portrait photography as well as the opportunity to work with models.
Participants should have 5-10 photographs ready to share with the class.
About the Instructor
Chris Buck is a New York-based photographer known for his distinctive style: conceptual, irreverent, smart, and intimate. His portraits have won placement in the prestigious annual American Photography over forty times, and he was the first recipient of the Arnold Newman Portrait Prize.
Buck grew up in Toronto, Canada. His father worked for the Kodak company, creating an early and natural connection to photography. He moved to New York in 1990 and established himself as a sought-after commercial and editorial photographer. He has photographed four presidents, Jay-Z, and the Grumpy Cat. His current magazine clients include The New Yorker, Guardian Weekend and The New York Times Magazine.
Lürzer’s Archive said of his book Uneasy: Portraits 1986-2016, “Chris Buck is a genius at creating photos that stick in people’s minds. He is a past master at coming up with inventive, offbeat ideas, and his subjects respond perfectly.”