The Portrait & The Nude


This workshop is an opportunity to work with acclaimed photographer Jock Sturges as you refine your portraiture technique and build your portfolio. The group will spend two days and one-night at a private ranch in Maupin, Oregon photographing nude models in the stunning high-desert landscape. The rest of the week will be spent in the classroom and on-location with models in the Portland area. Jock’s generous teaching style and expert technical and conceptual guidance will set the stage for a fascinating week of discovery.

With a careful focus on the relationship between model and photographer, and an emphasis on communication and natural posing, Jock will help you to cultivate more fluid, empathetic relationships with your models as you explore the aesthetics of the figure in the landscape. This workshop is a chance to dramatically expand your portraiture skills and repertoire as you work with a true master of photography. A light breakfast and lunch will be provided each day.

A Portfolio review is required for admission – see below for details. Specific hotel details and contact info will be given to participants on registration.


Sunday, June 19th – Thursday, June 23rd


Thursday, June 23rd


Who Should Attend

All photographers are welcome in this workshop. Students should have a good working knowledge of their cameras as well as a desire to take their portraiture practice to a more meaningful and personal level. Students should bring cameras and may shoot with film or digitally.  A portfolio is required for admission to this class, please email five 72 dpi images to   Once the images have been reviewed she will contact you to confirm acceptance to register.



Jock Sturges was born in New York City in 1947. His large format images of families in Northern California counter-cultural communities, Ireland, and naturist beaches in France borrow significantly from classical periods in both photography and nineteenth and early twentieth century painting. Represented by twenty-six galleries in eleven countries, Sturges’ work can also be found in the collections of many of the world’s museums including the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, The Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris, and the Frankfurt Museum of Modern Art in Germany. He has nine published monographs to his name, including, Misty Dawn: Portrait of a Muse (Aperture, 2008) and Jock Sturges: Life Times (Steidl Verlag 2008). He currently lives in Seattle, Washington.