Ansel Adams, Martha Casanave

Do you ever look at other photographers’ work and think… I wish I could take a portrait like that?  Capturing people in portraits–especially people we don’t know–can be so daunting that many of us never even try.  But at F295′s 2014 symposium, Martha Casanave is presenting a workshop designed to give you the practical skills you need to make a well-balanced, naturally lit, engaging environmental portrait.  It doesn’t matter if you’re the most extroverted person in the room or if no one knows you’re there…

Casanave’s workshop will be extremely hands on.  She will take the 12 participants to a nearby, unknown location and methodically build an environmental portrait with help from everyone. By the end of the workshop you will have participated in putting together the composition for a professional grade portrait.


Brett Weston with Model, Martha Casanave

Martha Casanave is a working photographer with a portrait portfolio developed over decades.  She built her own clientele and has been teaching photography for over thirty years.  For ten years, she took groups of American photographers to Russia to work on projects. She even received a grant from Polaroid to document her experiences in Leningrad in winter.

She was awarded the Imogen Cunningham Photography Award for her portraiture in 1979 and her book Past Lives– Photographs was published by Godine in 1991.  In spring of 2013 she released her latest book: Trajectories: A Half Century of Portraits (Image Continuum Press).

Casanave’s photographs are included in many major collections, such as  the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Stanford Museum, the Bibliotheque Nationale, the J. Paul Getty Museum , and the Graham Nash private collection.

Casanave  teaches Beginning Photography, Portraiture, and Alternative Photographic Processes at Cabrillo College in Santa Cruz, and Monterey Peninsula College. She also teaches workshops and Master Classes nationally and internationally.

Space is limited! Register for her workshop today  >>