Queering the Portrait is about making radical photographs. You will make portraits that defy norms, challenge your viewers, undermine tropes and defy categorization. This is a tall order and you will be put to the task. We will develop core technical skills (such as composition, lighting, giving direction to your subjects and choosing your location), so you can unlearn them, which is equally important. Artists at the forefront of queer politics will be discussed, such as Vaginal Davis, Lyle Ashton Harris, Leonard Fink and Catherine Opie, as well as current artists Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Cassils, Juliana Huxtable and Zackary Drucker. You will receive feedback on short, weekly projects and individual guidance in the development of a larger project. This course is developed and taught by a queer-identified media artist, photographer and activist, and all are welcome.
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