with Jess T. Dugan

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Making a photographic portrait is an intimate endeavor, requiring both photographer and subject to work together to create a compelling image. The best portraits are often as much a reflection of the maker as they are of the subject. 

In this one-day, in person workshop with artist Jess T. Dugan, participants will take a deep dive into portraiture, discussing the motivation behind their work, the ethics of photographing others, and practical strategies for making emotionally
resonant and visually dynamic photographs. The workshop will begin with a presentation and discussion, in which the group will focus on the elements that make a compelling portrait, including composition, lighting, subject, pose, gesture, and environment, as well as strategies for working with subjects,
including strangers, family, friends, and the self.  


Following this discussion, each participant will share their work with the group and receive individual feedback.

This in person workshop is limited to 12 participants 

All in-person events will be conducted in accordance with current city and state guidelines in effect in September. Masks will be required at all indoor events.

Image courtesy of the artist, Shira and Sarah, 2020

Jess T. Dugan is an artist whose work explores issues of identity through photographic portraiture. Dugan’s work has been widely exhibited and is in the permanent collections of over 35 museums throughout the United States. Dugan’s monographs include To Survive on This Shore: Photographs and Interviews with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Older Adults (Kehrer Verlag, 2018) and Every Breath We Drew (Daylight Books, 2015). They are the recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, an ICP Infinity Award, and were selected by the Obama White House as an LGBT Artist Champion of Change. They are represented by the Catherine Edelman Gallery in Chicago, IL.

Date: September 22, 2021
Time: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm CT
Cost: $275
Location:  21c Museum Hotel | 55 E Ontario St, Chicago, IL 60611

Refunds will be processed with a 15% fee. No refunds will be given after September 1st.