Portrait Workshop


portrait_workshop_image.jpgI have been living in New Mexico since 1986, when I left my commercial career in New York City. Since then I have extensively explored the Landscape, People and Spirit of the Southwest. Over the years I have gained access to locations and Cultures that are closed to outsiders. This then, becomes one of the truly important aspects of this workshop. We will go places, meet people and have experiences that would otherwise be closed to you.

Portraiture has always fascinated me. Be it working with Bob Dylan, Debbie Harry (Blondie), Bruce Springsteen or Gilbert Porcupine, Sister Reddie Harper, JR Hilton, I am always amazed what there is to discover as you peel away the layers and masks we present to the world until finally we find some essence of the true Spirit of the person we are photographing and are able to share it through our photographs.

This workshop is about discovery of the Human Spirit. I will work with you to explore new ways for you to approach and interrelate with people to allow you to quickly get past the bullshit and begin to make photographs that move beyond the obvious and allow you to begin to explore and photograph the Spirit each person holds close. In this way your Portraits will begin to take on a new dimensionality. I believe that true Portraits are not about the physical bodies that define us but about that Spirit that lies just beyond the eyes. As you begin to understand how to access and then photograph that Spirit you begin to approach True Portraiture.


The workshop is custom planned to your specific needs both technically and artistically. Aspects we will cover range from working with both artificial and natural light to Environmental and Studio Portraits. The workshop is five full days photographing the People of the Southwest.

We can use my home in El Rito, as a base and work with Local People or hit the road in the camper and travel the Southwest. I can arrange subjects along the way or run interference for you with the folks we meet. If we travel, accommodations are simple-inexpensive roadside motels, the camper or sleeping under the stars. We travel in a 1998 Dodge 2500 diesel 4x4 quad cab pickup truck with a full camper that has two

Film of David Michael Kennedy By Richard Newman's Video Boot Camp class
at the Santa Fe Photographic Workshop

The thrust of each workshop will be a one on one experience that allows you 5 days, 24 hours a day of pure photography. Perhaps there will even be time in the evening to catch a German Brown Trout for dinner or join in a traditional Sweat Lodge.

I spent two years living and traveling America (70,000 miles) in a vintage Airstream Trailer. As I would travel down the back roads I would stop when I saw interesting folks, be it in a public setting or in their yards, and approach them to make a Portrait. In the two years I did well over 1,000 Portraits and only had one person refuse to allow me to make their Portrait. I had many home cooked meals and invitations to all kinds of events I would never of found if I had not stopped and made that Portrait. With the right attitude anything is possible and the answer to the unasked question is always NO! beds, a full kitchen and bathroom yet is small enough that we can go anywhere. The truck is also equipped with a great daylight studio”. The “look” of the truck fits right into the local enviorment and we will travel the back roads as "locals"

The tuition is $4,000.00 plus travel expenses. Travel expenses include motel rooms, diesel and meals while on the road. I estimate your share to be $250.00 - $350.00. Also It is a good idea to budget some money fr the folks you photograph.  Not necessary but a kind gesture.camper is one of “local color” right down to the fire and rescue license plates. We blend into the environment and travel thru time and space as if we have always been there. The destinations can be yours, if you have specific peoples you want to photograph or discovery trips where we just travel down the road and explore each new person we meet.

I will pick you up from the Airport and we spend the first evening at my home in El Rito, New Mexico, 1.5 hours north of Santa Fe, in the Carson National Forest. The next morning we start our 5 day, 6 night adventure the last night spent in El Rito unwinding from the journey and get a good nights sleep and a soak in the Ojo Caliente Hot Springs (just 12 miles from my home) before you are driven back to the airport.


Below is a video of my Students work from one of of my group Portrait workshops with the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops it will give you an idea of some of the folks you will get to work with.

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