Photographing Strangers
with Michael Joseph

Saturday, October 12 & Sunday, October 13  / 9 AM – 5 PM

Instructor: Michael Joseph

Cost: $345 Members, $425 Non Members

Advanced Registration Required;
Registration Closes on October 11th.

This intensive two-day, weekend workshop is designed to provide both instructional material for photographing strangers on the street and hands-on photographing in the field. Class participants do not need prior experience photographing strangers on the street, but must have complete mastery of their cameras. Digital cameras, polaroid, and film cameras are acceptable, but smartphone work is not.

Day One:

  • Review of recognized street portraiture photographers
  • Review of students’ own work to provide specific individualized direction
  • Discussion of approaching strangers, building relationships with subjects, and how to work with subjects on the street
  • Discussion of specific photography tips and techniques using natural or available light
  • Learning how to obtain personal stories from subjects
  • Creating proper release forms

Each student will be given individual attention and guidance in making a portrait on the street with the instructor.

Day Two:

  • Review of images from Day One
  • Continued instruction in the field
  • Discussion on how to turn street portraiture into long-term projects or a documentary project

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Bio: Michael Joseph

Michael Joseph is a street portrait and documentary photographer. Raised just outside of New York City, his inspirations are drawn from interactions with strangers on city streets and aims to afford his audience the same experience through his photographs. His portraits are made on the street, unplanned and up close, to allow the viewer to explore the immediate and unseen.

Michael’s project Lost and Found has been featured on,,, and published in magazines internationally. He has been exhibited internationally, notably in the Aperture Gallery (New York, NY), Daniel Cooney Fine Art (New York, NY), The Getty Images Gallery (London, UK), and the Rayko Gallery (San Francisco, CA). His portraits are held in the permanent collection at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Fort Wayne Museum of Art in Indiana, and private collections.

He has lectured for Amy Arbus at the International Center of Photography (New York, NY), in portraiture classes at the New England School of Photography (Boston, MA), and taught at The Light Factory (Charlotte, NC).

He is a 2016 Photolucida Top 50 winner, LensCulture Portrait Award Finalist, and a recipient of the fellowship in photography from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. He is represented by Daniel Cooney Fine Art (New York, NY).