There is a long and lovely history of portraiture, including self-portraiture, dating to the very dawn of photography. In this workshop we will view and discuss photographing ourselves and others in the many forms it has been practiced through the development of visual media. Emerging from our recent experiences of self isolation, we will bring new realizations to the practice of the portrait.

Photographing people can be a powerful means of expressing what it feels like to be extremely present. We will use metaphor, reflection, symbolism, non-representational and conceptual approaches, as well as straightforward methods, to photograph ourselves and to make portraits to explore the genre.

One on one feedback of work created will be scheduled.

You may use any photographic medium for this workshop.

-Molly Roberts

Molly Roberts is a visual editor, independent curator and photographer. Her career has focused on telling visual stories in conjunction with wonderful photographers, videographers, writers and designers, primarily in the magazine print world; Washington Post Magazine, USA Weekend, Smithsonian and National Geographic Magazine. She is the Creative Director of HumanEyes USA which is a non-profit organization created to bring American issues into sharper focus through photography, video and art. Roberts recently completed an academic fellowship at the School of Visual Communication at Ohio University.

Note: This workshop will coincide with the SlowExposures Photo Festival in Concord, GA. See below for more information about SlowExposures and the line-up for this year.


Thursday, September 16th:

9-12:00AM SxSE Gallery: We begin the workshop with a morning of classroom instruction with Molly.

12-1:00PM Lunch provided at the gallery

1-5PM We will travel to a private cabin and lake where we’ll spend the afternoon shooting and critiquing

5PM Break for a social hour before dinner on the lake at 6PM

selfie ©Molly Roberts

Friday, September 17th:

8:00AM We’ll meet at the lake for shooting in early morning light

12-1:00 We’ll move back to the gallery for lunch

1-5:00 Classroom instruction and critique with Molly

At 5:00 on Friday we’ll join other photographers at the Opening Reception of SlowExposures Photo Festival in nearby Concord. SlowExposures schedule of exhibitions, jurors talk, soiree, and other events can be found below and at

Gloria’s Hands ©Molly Roberts

Fee: $300 per person

This workshop is limited to 12 students

Click HERE to register

Questions? email Nancy @

stay safe, and hope to see you soon!



The award-winning SlowExposures Photography Festival was founded in 2003 to call attention to the accelerating loss of historic buildings and landscapes in Pike County, Georgia due to metro Atlanta growth. During the third weekend of September, visitors from across the U.S. are invited to slow down, visit over a dozen juried exhibitions presented in historic buildings, and take part in the dialogue, the discovery, and the future of the rural South.

Due to last year’s cancellation, the 18th annual exhibition will be “2020 in 2021” and feature the 65 photographers who were selected by jurors Paula Tognarelli of the Griffin Museum and Alan Rothschild, founder of the Do Good Fund’s collection of landmark photography of the South. Other events during the weekend will include the “PopuUp Tour” of 7 individual and group shows, a fireside chat with Andrew Feiler on his Rosenwald School project, the Sunday Juror Talk and a special Photo Book Roundtable. Visit for more information and schedules.

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