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GREG GORMAN: The Fine Art Nude: Photographing the Body

Orientation Sunday, May 7, 4:30pm – 5:30pm

Monday, May 8th – Wednesday, May 10th 9:00am – 4:00pm.

Thursday, May 11th 9:00am – 11:00am (Optional)

Greg Gorman has been at the top of his game for over 25 years, world renowned for his extraordinary nudes published in his many beautiful books. In this special workshop, Gorman will work intensely with his students, revealing his motivations and techniques. It will feature active picture-making, supplemented by morning presentations/demonstrations by Greg, also allowing time for group and individual picture critiques. Emphasis will be on the nude as portrait in the studio as well as the environment including evocative settings offered in the desert locale. Gorman is widely regarded for his commitment to his work and his classes, attendees will find this workshop a game-changing experience.

Day One: 
Gorman will give a presentation of his work and review the works of his attendees. In the afternoon, Greg will do lighting demos in studio and will show techniques for working with strobes, continuous light as well as natural light with silks. Attendees will work in teams alternatively shooting the female and male models.

Day Two:
 After reviewing the work from the previous afternoon, attendees will delve further into the aspects of studio shooting, with hands-on instruction by Greg.

Day Three: 
Morning session will be devoted to reviewing and critiquing attendee’s photography from day two. Upon completion of the morning critique, photography will commence in Joshua Tree National Park, shooting until sunset. Students will have a chance to incorporate the guidance given by Gorman in shooting with light manipulators in natural light.

Day Four: Morning session will be devoted to reviewing and critiquing attendee’s photography from day three and wrap up of the week.

Exploring the Soul of a Portrait

How does one capture the soul of a person in a photographic portrait? That is the central question of this workshop with Greg Gorman, in which he shares his vision and his process from both the intuitive and technical perspectives while shooting fine art male and female nudes. He emphasizes the importance of the art of communicating with one’s subject—a critical component of attaining a connected portrait that captures the essence of a person.

The workshop also focuses on studio and location lighting techniques. Greg demonstrates his use of strobe, tungsten, mixed, and natural light to enhance a portrait, and discusses the most effective use of lenses, camera angles, and appropriate lighting with a variety of situations and personalities. Working under Greg’s guidance in the studio and at some of Palm Springs most extraordinary locations, participants have opportunities to practice their newly acquired skills.

Models will be provided each shooting day, giving each participant ample time to make important photographs. The ratio of models to photographers is approximately 1:4.

Photographers working with digital cameras should bring their laptops, several flash cards and be conversant with their hardware and software in order to facilitate downloading and projecting their work for critiques in class. Digital projectors with standard VGA cables will be provided. If you require DVI connectors and / or adapters, please bring one to class. Digital portfolios should be roughly 1024×768@72 dpi srgb jpegs for speed and efficiency and please note that images for review each morning should be sized with no layers.

Models*, transportation and delicious boxed lunches are provided.

PRICE:  $1500.

This workshop is limited to 16 attendees.



For over four decades, Greg Gorman has continued to master the art of photography. From celebrity portraits and advertising campaigns to magazine layouts and fine art work, Greg has developed and showcased a discriminating and unique style in his profession. His work documents that peculiar obsession of the 21st century: celebrity.

In 1985, through the advice of illustrator Antonio Lopez, Gorman realized that he needed a creative outlet in addition to the commercial work that launched his career. He then began to expand his personal work exploring the human form and became a notable photographer for not only his celebrity portraiture but also his figure studies of the male and female nude.

When not shooting famous faces, Greg travels the world for specialized photographic projects and continues to work on compilations of his imagery. Last December, Greg released his 11th monograph, Greg Gorman Private Works 2000-2015, a collection of previously unpublished male portraits and nudes (his first foray into color). In the Spring of 2015, Outside the Studio, a book of Greg’s street photography in South East Asia was published by Damiani Editore. A book of his photos for the award winning l.a. Eyeworks campaign, entitled Framed was released in 2012. In the fall of 2009, Damiani Editore released In Their Youth: Early Portraits, which incorporated forty years of unpublished work. These join Gorman’s previously published books Greg Gorman Volume I, Greg Gorman Volume II, Inside Life, Perspectives, As I See It, Just Between Us and a book of platinum prints entitled Odes to Pindar, published by The Journal of the 21st Century. Two exhibitions of his work have recently been held alongside his friend, the late photographer, Helmut Newton, at the Helmut Newton Foundation: Gorman ‘Men’ (2013) and Gorman ‘Color Works’ (2015). Says Gorman, “Of all of my exhibitions, I am most proud to have had the opportunity of exhibiting alongside one of my true heros!”

Greg Gorman has been recognized for his contribution to the world of photography with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Professional Photographer’s of America, the Achievement in Portraiture Award from The Lucie Foundation and the Pacific Design Center Stars of Design Award. Greg has also been acknowledged for his charitable works for The Elton John Aids Foundation, Aids Healthcare Foundation, Focus on Aids, The Oscar De La Hoya Foundation, Vox/Out Voices of Style + Design, PETA, Angel Art, and PawsLA.

Born in 1949 in Kansas City, Missouri, Greg attended the University of Kansas from 1967-69 with a major in photojournalism. He completed his studies at the University of Southern California, graduating with a Master of Fine Arts degree in Cinematography in 1972. Greg’s latest career venture has been in the world of winemaking. In collaboration with Orin Swift Cellars, Greg began making wine under his own label, GKG Cellars, in 2006. He currently divides his time between his homes in Los Angeles and Mendocino, California.

Greg Gorman is represented worldwide by the Fahey Klein Gallery, LA




*A Note about Model Fees: Models will not be obliged to sign releases for workshop students and photographs made in the context of the workshop may not be published commercially without the express written consent of the model. Photographers can discuss the subject directly with the models and make arrangements of mutual benefit to both, after the conclusion of the workshop program, but the model fee included in your registration fee does not include obtaining releases. There will be four models available for this workshop. Model fees can run between $350 and $2,000 per model in private sessions for nude photography.