NIGEL PARRY: The Editorial Portrait: Finding Your Style
Orientation Sunday, May 7th, 4:30pm – 5:30pm
Monday, May 8th – Wednesday, May 10th, 9:00am – 4:00pm.
Thursday, May 11th 9:00am – 11:00am (Optional)
This workshop is intended for those entering into or in the early stages of a commercial editorial career who are hopefully interested in exersizing more control over subjects and creating personal style in portrait photography.
The workshop will discuss the many facets of what a career in commercial editorial photography entails, ranging from editorial assignments, publishing books and more.
DAY 1: A full day review and discussion. Parry will present recent and past work that illustrate the multiple facets of the workshop giving insight and techniques useful for emerging and professional photographers navigating the commercial editorial world. Attendees will then all be asked to present and discuss the 10 best images that represent themselves as a photographer for class discussion and critique.
DAYS 2 & 3: We will concentrate on several different photographic portrait challenges. Attendees will execute assignments.
Challenges will involve conceptualizing the idea, creating a written and/or visual treatments and making something interesting out of nothing. This will not be a lighting/ technique workshop per-se, though as this is photography, it will be an important part of the discussion. Use of very simple lighting set ups, location “studios” and using the sun as a light source will all be covered.
DAY 4 will be a 1/2 day review and discussion of work created before setting students on their way into the world of commercial photography.
Includes workshop transportation and a boxed lunch for each full day of the workshop.
Nigel Parry began his photographic career in London in 1988 and moved to New York City in 1994. Since then, he has been commissioned by the most distinguished publications, advertising agencies, entertainment, corporate and music companies worldwide. He has been privileged to photograph not only celebrities but also the most important and influential figures of our time.
Some of his many accolades include: The European Magazine Award, The Award of Excellence from the U.S. Society of Newspaper Design, The American Society of Magazine Editors Portrait Award, Hasselblad Master Photographer, Communication Arts, ASME, Graphis, Photo District News, Art Director’s Club, International Photography and American Photography Awards among others.
His work has been exhibited worldwide at various art galleries, museums and festivals including; The National Portrait Gallery in London, The National Galleries of Scotland, a show at The National Museum of Film & Photography, Le Festival Pour image Perpignan, and the Premier exhibit at the NY Photo Festival. He has also had the pristine honor of being the first portrait photographer to be invited to exhibit his work at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival.
Nigel is involved in several global children’s charities including the Starlight Foundation and Operation Smile. He has donated his time attending several missions on behalf of Operation Smile photographing children in the far remotes of China, Brazil, and India. His powerful photographs help to create a further awareness of the charity. In 2010, Operation Smile honored him with the Universal Smile Award for his photographic and charitable contributions.
His first book Sharp was published in December 2000 and is considered to be one of the most exceptional celebrity portrait books. His second book Precious was published in the fall of 2004. His third book BLUNT was published in the fall of 2006 with multiple exhibitions following the release in New York City. BLUNT is still today one of his most successful exhibitions. In 2007 his fourth book A Journey of Smiles was published on behalf of Operation Smile to benefit the charity with an exhibition following its release in New York. All books have received worldwide critical acclaim.
Parry’s iconic style can also be seen in his directorial video work. He is currently working on a series of video projects to compliment his print work.