Portrait Photography Workshop

3-day workshop led by artist-in-residence Nelson Morales

In this three-day workshop, in partnership with The Light Factory, artist-in-residence Nelson Morales invites participants to create still images about identity and self-portraiture. This course is geared toward people who have basic technical knowledge of using a camera and who are interested in developing a photographic project and acquiring the tools to promote their work.

  • Session I - Saturday, September 30
  • Session II - Sunday, October 1
  • Session III - Saturday, October 21, 2017

The first and third sessions will be held at The Light Factory; the second session will be held in the artist’s studio at McColl Center.

$75 McColl Center or The Light Factory Members; $95 Non-members
Register at lightfactory.org


Session I (Saturday, September 30, 2017)
Location: The Light Factory

  • Introduction
  • Brief review of history of Mexican photography, and what is contemporary Mexican photography today
  • Share photographic influences and some important authors that students should know
  • Include handouts of certain writings from these authors that students will be asked to use in their assignment
  • Provide assignment: create an image or series of images that expresses identity through self-portraiture (Students may also be challenged to incorporate the suggested authors’ writings, or create an image or series of images that responds to the writing)

Session II (Sunday, October 1, 2017)
Location: McColl Center

  • Introduction to studio
  • Review of personal work and direction of work (concept, inspiration, process)
  • Discussion

Session III (Saturday, October 21, 2017)
Location: The Light Factory

  • Students will share their images or series of images with Nelson for review and feedback
  • Nelson will offer feedback overall and share some exhibitions and publications in which he has participated
  • Nelson will share with the students some platforms and festivals where they can begin to promote their works
  • Conclusion: tips and recommendations for students

This course is being held in conjunction with In Focus/Enfoque: Contemporary Photography in Mexico, a multi-institution exhibition of contemporary Mexican photography in Charlotte from fall 2017 to spring 2018.