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Beginning Portfolio

The goal of this class is to help students develop a small cohesive portfolio of images. By studying the varied languages and genres of photography, students will be challenged to approach picture making in new ways. By examining current photographic practice through lectures and assignments students will be encouraged to push their own boundaries, and to work beyond their own comfort zone. Weekly assignments will be based on each week’s lecture followed by critique. In the final few weeks of the course, students will revisit certain assignments so they might go deeper into their chosen ideas or subjects. We will discuss the value of editing and sequencing, and each student will present a small portfolio of five to ten images in the final class.


This course is suitable for any photographer who has a working knowledge of their camera and Lightroom (or equivalent) and an interest in learning about contemporary photographic practices with a goal of improving their image making skills and finding a genre that best suits their vision.

To participate in this class, student must be 18 years of age or the minimum of a high school graduate (or the equivalent).

About the instructor: Suzanne Revy

Suzanne Révy grew up in Los Angeles, California. After high school she moved to Brooklyn, NY where she earned a BFA in photography from the Pratt Institute. While there, she was immersed in making and printing black and white photographs. After art school, she worked as a photography editor in magazine publishing at U.S.News & World Report and later at Yankee Magazine. With the arrival of two sons, she left publishing, and rekindled her interest in the darkroom. She photographed her boys, their cousins and friends, and built three portfolios of pictures over a fifteen year period.  The first, a black and white series, explored the culture and nature of childhood play. The second, made with a lo-fi plastic camera and color film, represents her own emotional response as mother and witness to their growth and development. The third, a series of color pictures made in her home as her teen sons seemed to retreat into their rooms as she studied for her recently earned MFA at the New Hampshire Institute of Art.

Her work has been exhibited at the Griffin Museum of Photography in Winchester, MA, the Fitchburg Art Museum in Fitchburg, MA, the Danforth Museum of Art in Framingham, MA, the Workspace Gallery in Lincoln, NE, the Camera Club of NY in NewYork City, the New Hampshire Institute of Art in Manchester, NH, and the New England School of Photography in Boston. Her work is represented by the Panopticon Gallery in Boston, MA.

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Please note: NESOP’s evening workshops do not fall under the scope of the school’s accreditation, and so they are not accredited by ACCSC.