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The Portrait Made Easy workshop by Myriam Abdelaziz


The Portrait Made Easy workshop by Myriam Abdelaziz

We are delighted to have the opportunity to host the French/Egyptian photographer Myriam Abdelaziz in a very new educational experience about portrait photography.

This workshop will teach you how to approach portrait making in an easy way. You will learn how to take a great portrait in less than 10 minutes using available light and setting.

You will be able to produce strong images of total strangers met on the street as part of documentary work but also of friends and family.

The classes will alternate the theoretical and technical aspects as well as the hands on portraiture experience.

Pre- workshop requirements: Students will be asked to bring to class:
1) A working digital camera with it’s battery, charger, memory card and card reader
2) As many portraits they shot themselves in the past on a USB card (medium resolution)
3) Ideas of portrait or people they want to photograph.

Day 1:

10 am: Introduction
- Student introduce themselves and portrait ideas they have in mind as well as explain why they joined this workshop and what they are expecting to get out form it
- Teacher introduces herself and show some of her work

11.15 am: Break

11.30 am:
- Download of images brought by the students

- Slideshow

- Discussion

1pm: Lunch break

2 pm: Look at renowned portraiture photographer’s work who have produced strong and iconic portraits (5 Photographers to be announced)
- Discussion

3.15pm: Break

- Mini Field trip: students are sent to produce a minimum of one portrait that they will have to present the next day

4.30 pm
- Back at Photopia
- Discuss main issues faced

5pm end

Day 2:

10 am:
- Download of images brought by the students

- Slideshow

- Discussion

11.15 am: Break

- Technical and theoretical tips
(How to better chose a background, how to use the available light at your advantage, how to make your subject comfortable, what is a good lenses to use, what setting should you set your camera on)

1pm: Lunch break

- Mini Field trip: students are sent to produce a minimum of one portrait that they will present the same day


- Back at Photopia
- Download of images brought by the students
- Slideshow
- Discussion

4.30 pm
- General Q and A

5pm end

Level: Intermediate/advanced
Venue: Photopia, 15 Somal Street, Korba, Heliopolis.

Dates: 2 & 3 March, 2019
Times: 10AM - 5PM
Fees: LE 1,800

Payment deadline: February 27, 2019
Payment Options: Cash, Credit Card or through our bank account ("CIB:100017118913")
For more info please contact us: 01211338991


Myriam Abdelaziz is a French photographer of Egyptian origins and born in Cairo. In 2005, she decided to pursue a career in photography and graduated from the International Center of Photography in New York in 2006. Myriam’s work tells stories of its participants. Her inquiry into the stories of people takes her around the globe searching for stories that overcome physical and cultural barriers and often reveal what we have in common: glimpses of solitude, hope, insecurity, dignity. Her work
captures moments where something inner is revealed.

She has been published in prestigious magazines such as Newsweek, Time Magazine, Courrier International and Eyemazing among many others as well as featured in various solo and group exhibitions in Europe, the Middle East and the USA.She is mainly working on stories in the Middle East and Africa.


• Independent Photographer, New York, USA, 2006 – today
• Part Time Photography Teacher, Aichhorn Center, New York, USA, 2006- today
• Part Time Photography Teacher, Boys Club, New York, USA, 2008
• Part Time Photography Teaching Assistant, International Center of Photography, New York, USA, 2007-2010
• Africa Merchandising Manager, Western Union, Paris, France, 2001- 2005
• Public Relations Consultant for Microsoft, Havas Advertising Agency, Levallois-Perret, France, 2000-2001
• Europe Marketing Coordinator, Questel Orbit / France Telecom, Paris, 1999-2000
• France Communication Specialist, Questel Orbit / France Telecom, Paris, France, 1998-1999
• Journalist Intern, Agence France Presse (AFP), Cairo, Egypt, 1998


• Masters in Fine Arts, Photography, Hartford University, Connecticut, USA, 2013-2014
• World Press Photo, Train the Trainer Training, Morocco, 2012
• Documentary and Photojournalism Full Time Program, International Center of Photography, New York, USA, 2006
• Masters in Business Administration (specialized in International Marketing) EDC, Paris, France, 2002
• Maitrise, Information and Communication, University Paris X, Nanterre, France, 1998
• Licence, Information and Communication, University Paris X, Nanterre, France, 1997
• Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, The American University of Cairo, Egypt, 1996
• French Baccalaureate, Economy and Social Science, Lycée Français du Caire, Egypt, 1993
• Marie-Thérèse Collège, Geneva, Switzerland 1981 -1987


Selected Exhibitions:
• Photival, Trashtails, Wellington, New Zealand, Feb-March 2017
• Just another Photo Festival, Varasani, India, November 2016
• In her absence, I created her image, Open Source Gallery, New York, USA, May 2016
• Biennale of the Arab Contemporary Photographers, Arab World Institute, Paris, France, November 2015
• Photoquai, Musée du Quai Branly, Paris, France, September-November 2015
• Even the Edges, Kominek Gallery, Berlin, Germany May 2014
• Arab Contemporary, Lousiana, Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek, Denmark, January - May 2014
• RAWIYA, She who tells a Story, Bildmuseet, Umea, Sweden, Feb-May 2013
• Realism in RAWIYA, New Art Exchange, Nottingham, UK, Jan-March 2013
• Cairo Open City, Museum of Photography, Braunschweig, Germany, Sept-December 2012
• Strike Anywhere, International Center of Photography, New York, USA Sept-November 2012
• The Other Resurrection, Contemporary Art Platform, Kuwait, May 2012
• Women on the Verge, The Empty Quarter, Dubai, UAE, March-April 2012
• Jean-Marc Patras Gallery, Paris, France, November 2011
• Moment of Recognition, International Center of Photography, New York, USA, February 2011
• Humankind, The Powerhouse Arena, Brooklyn, USA, December 2010
• Bozar, Center for Fine Arts, A Useful Dream, Brussels, Belgium, 2010
• Camera Club, National Photography Competition, New York, USA, December, 2009
• My Favorite Piece, Gallery 171-173, New York, USA, November 2009
• Bamako International Biennale Photography Encounter, Bamako, Mali, November, 2009
• Anthology, Southeastern Museum of Photography, Florida, USA, September 2009
• Capturing the Emergent, Tracing the Retreat, Union Docs, Brooklyn, USA, June 2009
• Revelation 3, Paris, France, June 2009
• On Navajoland, Gallery 171- 173, New York, USA, October, 2008
• Portraits of a Genocide, United Nations Headquarters, New York, USA, August, 2008
• ASMP Exhibition, The Center for Fine Art Photography, Colorado, USA, June, 2008
• Kan Yamakan, Empty Quarter Gallery, Dubai, UAE, March, 2008
• La Bourse du Talent 2007, Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris, December 2007
• Diversity of Devotion, Brooklyn Public Library, New York, USA, January, 2007
• Diversity of Devotion, Safe-T Gallery, New York, USA, September, 2007
• Descubrimientos, PhotoEsapna, Madrid, Spain, June 2007
• Slideluck Potshow, Neo Studios, New York, USA, November 2006
• Shift, International Center of Photography, New York, USA, June 2006
• Selections, Espace Beaurepaire, Paris, France, November 2005
• In Adam’s Bed, Galerie Les Mots à la Bouche, Paris, France, August 2005
• Derrière la Vitre, Centre Binet de la Ville de Paris, Paris, France, May 2005
• PRO/AM # 2, Espace Beaurepaire, Paris, France, March 2005
• Sony Gallery, AUC, Cairo, Egypt, June 1998

Selected Publications:
• Almajalla show broadcasted on Al Hurra TV, September 2016
• New York Times Lens Blog, The Hidden Stories of Arab Women, May 2016
•, Italy, October 2014
•, USA, October 2014
• Wired, USA, 2014
• Afrique in Visu, France, 2014
• Liberation, France, 2014
• PDN,, USA, 2013
• Smithsonian, USA, April 2013
• Stern, Germany, 2013
• Smithsonian, USA, 2013
• Playboy, USA, 2012
• Le Monde, France, 2012
• Courrier International, France 2012
•, UK, 2012
• Kalimat, Lebanon, 2012
• La Croix, France, 2012
• Liberation, France, 2012
• Arab Photography Now, France, 2011
• Newsweek, USA, 2011
• Time magazine, USA, 2011
• Time Out London, UK, 2011
• Fluter, Germany, 2011
• The Sunday Telegraph, UK, 2011
• Popular Science USA, 2011
• Marie-Claire, France 2011
• Courrier International, France, 2011
• ArteEast : Extra- Territoriality in the Middle East, USA, 2010
• Ojopedez #23, Spain, 2010
• Images Magazine, France, 2010
• New York Times Lens Blog, USA, 2010
• Epoca Negoco, Brazil, 2010
• The National, UAE, 2009
• Photo Raw, Finland, 2009
• Clix Imagens, Brazil, 2008
• Portrait of a Genocide Self Published Book,, USA, 2008
• Courrier International, France, 2008
• Eyemazing, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2008
• American Photography #24, USA, 2008
• Adbusters Magazine, Canada, 2008
• La Republica delle Donne, Italy, 2007
• La Dominica di Republica, Italy, 2007
• The British Journal of Photography, UK, 2007
• Fortune Magazine, USA, 2007
• Queens Chronicle, USA, 2006
• Shift book, USA, 2006
• Technikart Magazine, France, 2005
• PHOTO Magazine, France, 2005

• Honorable Mention, Moscow International Photography Award, 2014
• Winner Lens Culture Emerging Talent Award, 2014
• 500 Photographers by Pieter Wisse, 2012
• Honorable Mention, International Photography Award, Lucie Award, USA, 2009
• Honorable Mention, National Photography Competition, The Camera Club of New York, USA, December 2009
• Winner Flash Forward, Magenta Foundation, Canada, 2009
• Finalist Photsoc Contest, International Social Photography Festival,, France, 2008
• Review Santa Fe, Center, Santa Fe, USA, 2008
• Nominee, New York Photo Festival Award, USA,2008
• Johnson & Johnson Fellowship, USA, 2008
• Honorable Mention, PX3 Competition, France, 2008
• Selected, AP # 24, New York, USA, 2008
• Eddie Adams workshop, New York, USA, 2007
• Chosen, AP #23, New York, USA, 2007
• Finalist, La Bourse du Talent #32: Le Portrait Dans Tous Ses Etats, Paris, France, 2007
• Finalist, PhotoEspana, Madrid, Spain 2007

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