Radcliffe “Ruddy” Roye Workshop: Streets & Portraits
December 8 + 9, 2016
YaYa Arts Center
Workshop Fee: $395
Class limit: 12 | Register Here
Radcliffe “Ruddy” Roye will lead a two-day workshop for photographers wishing to hone their street documentary and portraiture skills. Through a combination of location shooting, discussion and review, this course will explore technical and conceptual aspects of effective street photography. Roye will lead location shoots in New Orleans’ Central City neighborhood, during which participants will learn how to approach and photograph people spontaneously, along with compositional techniques to create dynamic images. The class will review, discuss and critique images from the shoots.
Who should attend?
This workshop is intended for experienced, as well as up-and-coming photographers interested in Street and Documentary Photography. Participants are expected to have good understanding of the general operation of their cameras. Laptops will be needed and students should be familiar with their hardware and software in order to facilitate downloading and review of photos made during the workshop. Attendance is limited to 12 participants.
Students should bring their cameras and laptops. Photographing digitally will allow for more immediate feedback, but film cameras are also welcome, as are phone cameras. Please prepare a digital portfolio of 10-20 images to share with the group on day one.
About the instructor
Radcliffe Roye is a Brooklyn based documentary photographer specializing in editorial and environmental portraits, and photojournalism. Roye is inspired by the raw and gritty lives of grass-roots people. He shares their stories by bringing their voices to social media and print.
Radcliffe has worked with magazines like National Geographic, New York Times, Vogue, Jet, Ebony, ESPN and Essence and newspapers like New York Newsday. Radcliffe honed his skill as a photojournalist by working as an Associated Press stringer in New York. He is also known for his documentation of the dancehall scene all over the world. Roye has travelled to as far as Brazzaville in the Congo Addis in Ethiopia, Nepal and India to document how the common man lives. He has also worked extensively in his homeland of Jamaica, documenting dancehall music and the way musicians use the language of dance as a tool of activism.
Radcliffe has also been instrumental in leading the Instagram charge, showcasing work from his community of Bed-Stuy and Brooklyn as a whole. The images in his “Black Portraiture” or “I Can’t Breathe” series have sparked discussions on numerous forums online. He was asked to take over the New Yorker Instagram feed when Hurricane Sandy ravaged the eastern shores in October 2012. Since then, Radcliffe has been invited to present by New York University, and the School of Visual Arts, among others. He is also an adjunct lecturer at Columbia University, engaging in conversations with students on the rise of Instagram and the changing face of photojournalism.
Radcliffe’s work is exhibited worldwide, and has been included in exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago; the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts; Silver Eye Center for Photography; Chastain Arts Center; the Vermont Feick Fine Arts Center; Alice Austen House and Photoville. He has held teaching positions at New York University and the School of Visual Arts and is an adjunct lecturer at Columbia University. His debut solo exhibition, Ruddy Roye: When Living is a Protest, opened at the Stephen Kasher Gallery (New York) in October 2016 to widespread critical acclaim. Roye is one of the youngest members of the Kamoinge Workshop, the seminal black photography collective founded in 1963.