Dec 02

What is a good portrait photography?

Photojournalist and associate professor at the Danish School of Media and Journalism, Mads Greve, gave a 5 days intense Masterclass on portrait photographing at DEDI. The class is a part of a one-year long course aiming at educating 10-12 Egyptian photographers in the language of photojournalism.

This masterclass was not only designed to enhance the students skills in shooting portraits, but also to challenge them in approaching people, and creating comfortable spaces for taking interesting and honest pictures:

“For me a good portrait is one, where the photographer gets close to the person who is photographed,” Mads says. “Here I obviously don’t mean ‘close’ in the physical sense of ‘right next to’, but rather as catching the moment where all fences goes down. Where something is felt.”

Throughout the 5-days workshop, the students were asked to do three assignments on different topics, including taking a picture of a stranger inside his or her home; and photographing two people who love each other. On the following day the pictures were discussed in class, and the students were asked to give each other critics.

“I wanted to challenge them,” Mads says. “I wanted them to be on thin ice. We had long days at DEDI — often from ten in the morning to five or six in the evening — and then they had to go out and make the assignment for the next day.”

This workshop, taking place from November 5th – 9th, 2019 is the second of four workshops on photojournalism. The course is supported by DEDI, and has the aim to prepare the participants to enter the field professionally by educating them on essential topics like journalistic portraits, written journalism, research and project proposal writing. The course is designed and delivered by one of Europe’s best photojournalism schools, The Danish School of Media & Journalism (DMJX), and the participants will get credentials when they have participated in all workshops and handed in the final assignment.

Mads Greve

Mads Greve is a photographer and associate professor in photojournalism at the Danish School of Media and Journalism. Since 2005 he has been a member of Prospekt Photographers in Milano. Throughout the years Mads has worked as a staff photographer at the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten, done freelance work for several Italian and Danish newspapers, and he has published two photographic books. His work has been exhibited at Copenhagen Photo Festival and Kolga Tbilisi Photo Festival, and he won first prizes at the Danish Picture of the Year contest, which is one of the most prestigious photographing prizes in Denmark.

photo credits goes to Photopia

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