Foam Fan+ workshop Portrait photography
For Foam Fan+ members, Foam organises three photography workshops in November based on Marubi’s studio portraits.

Please note: the workshop is in Dutch.

Portrait photography is one of the oldest genres of photography. People who had their portraits taken back in the day wanted to utilize the photograph as a way to show their personality and status. They achieved this by having photographs taken of themselves alongside their most precious belongings, such as medals or costumes.

Nowadays we see self-portraits on a daily basis without maybe even realizing it. Selfies are practically inevitable in our environment since the digital camera and camera phones became accessible for almost everyone.

In the exhibition Dynasty MarubiA Hundred Years of Albanian Studio Photography, Foam shows a selection of photos from the archive of the Albanian photo studio Marubi (1856-1959). Marubi’s exhibition, where portrait and studio photography of the 19th century and nowadays are the central theme, is used as inspiration for the upcoming workshop in October.

During this workshop you challenge yourself to think about the way people take a portrait photograph. You are encouraged to reflect on the methods we use to make portraits nowadays in comparison to decades ago. By using Marubi’s work as an example, we will discuss and compare the changes that have occurred during the previous century. How has the way we take photographs changed and do we need more photographs to create a fair portrayal of our image?

The goal of this workshop is to create two portraits of each other; one in an old-fashioned way where you ‘catch’ the subject in one image, and the other will be a modern portrait where you perhaps need to create a narrative.

You can sign up for one of three dates:
Workshop 1: Friday 25 November 2016 from 15.00 - 18.00 hrs
Workshop 2: Saturday 26 November 2016 from 14.00 - 17.00 hrs
Workshop 3: Sunday 27 November 2016 from 14.00 - 17.00 hrs

This workshop is free for Foam Fan+ members. It is possible to bring one guest. This person pays the regular rate of € 50,-.

Foam provides Olympus OM-D cameras for this workshop. Of course, you are free to use your own camera if you prefer. In that case, remember to bring a fully charged battery, an empty SD card and a transfer cable. The use of your own materials is at your own risk.

Foam is supported by the BankGiro Loterij, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, Delta Lloyd, City of Amsterdam, Olympus and the VandenEnde Foundation.

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Foam Fan+ workshop Portrait photography