Environmental Portraiture

This course runs at the same time every week over five weeks

Are you inspired by the work of photographers such as Henri Cartier-Bresson and Diane Arbus? Our Environmental Portraiture course is aimed at showing you how to create portraits that go beneath the surface.
By reviewing the work of luminaries such as Henri Cartier-Bresson, Brassai, August Sander, Josef Koudelka, Bruce Davidson, Diane Arbus and Nan Goldin, you will learn how to reveal a individual's character in a portrait session.
Your tutor, Marco Bok, will teach you to see the subject's environment as the stage and instruct you on how to frame the scene to provide clues to a person's tastes, interests and socio-economic background. The course will also address the practical issues of lighting for detail in interiors, as well as using natural light on location.

Prerequisites and Requirements

  • Camera Craft 2, or relevant experience.
  • Bring your own SLR, DSLR or Mirrorless (MILC) camera (charged batteries and memory card). If you are unsure please search your camera brand and model for clarification.
  • Note book and pen
  • One example of your own portraiture work and an environmental portrait that you admire – this can be from any medium (painting, drawing etc.) and is not limited to photography.


Building 22
National Art School
Forbes St & Burton St
Darlinghurst, NSW, 2010

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Image © Marco Bok.