GEORGE HOLZ: The Contemporary Fine Art Nude
Orientation Sunday, May 6, 4:30pm – 5:30pm
Monday, May 7th – Wednesday, May 9th 9:00am – 4:00pm. Thursday, May 10th 9:00am – 11:00am (Optional)
This is a rare workshop with photographer George Holz for advanced amateur and professional photographers.
A unique and respected understanding of light and form are the reason George Holz’s photographs are celebrated worldwide. Join us for a 4- day workshop and learn from this renowned photographer and teacher who has made the nude a major part of his work for most of his career. Drawing upon his vast experience in the fine art, fashion, portrait, and advertising worlds, Holz has a wealth of information to share with his students who will see firsthand Holz’s thought and decision-making process from the controlled studio environment to the unpredictability of shooting on location.
The class will also deal with the importance of casting and directing models, developing trust, and making them a partner in the creative process. It will also address the constantly evolving creative challenges and social mores of photographing the human figure from its inception, to social media and beyond.
This class will reignite the passion and imagination of the class and emphasize going beyond what is in front of the camera.
On the first day of the workshop, Holz will present his work and review the work of attendees. Each student should bring a digital portfolio of 7 representational images of their strongest work. (Digital portfolios should be SRGB jpgs. roughly 1200px on the long edge.
Holz will then demonstrate a selection of lighting techniques for the class who will then have ample opportunities to photograph with the models.
On the following morning, there will be class critiques of the work from the previous afternoon.
The class will work both in the studio and on location in this workshop.
Photographs may work with both film and digital cameras. It’s preferred that the work be covered digitally so that students have work to show in the critique the following day. There are no analog darkrooms at the workshop. Photographers working with digital cameras should bring their laptops, several flash cards, and be comfortable with their hardware/software in order to facilitate downloading and projecting their work for critiques in class. Digital projectors with standard VGA as well as HDMI cables will be provided.
Models, transportation to locations, and boxed lunches for the full days of the class are included.
George Holz was born in Oak Ridge, Tennessee (aka “the Secret City”), graduated from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, and assisted for Helmut Newton, whom he credits with guiding his career. As a fledgling photographer, he lived in Milan and Paris, where he shot beauty and fashion for major European magazines such as Vogue Italia and French Elle. Afterward, he moved to New York City, where he set up his studio on Lafayette Street, traveling frequently to Los Angeles and Europe to shoot fashion, advertising, and portraiture for major publications such as Vanity Fair and Harper’s Bazaar. His fine-art nudes have been exhibited in galleries and museums around the world. Holz has collected a variety of prestigious industry awards over the years including a Grammy and a Clio. His most recent monograph, HOLZ HOLLYWOOD: 30 YEARS OF PORTRAITS was recently published by DAAB Media.
Holz works as an adjunct professor and lectures internationally at museums and universities, mentoring young photographers and passing on his photographic aspirations to “always begin and end with light” and to “do it all in-camera.”
Holz continues to travel extensively for his commercial work, fine-art shows, and lectures, and is currently working on several projects, including an upcoming book of his nudes.
International Museum of Photography at the George Eastman House (Rochester), Centro Cultural /Arte Contemporaneo (Mexico City,) Hohschule fur Angewandte Hunst (Vienna), G. Ray Hawkins Gallery (Los Angeles), La Foret Museum (Tokyo), The Platinum Gallery (Santa Fe), Staley Wise Gallery (New York), Robert Koch Gallery (San Francisco), Fahey Klein Gallery (Los Angeles), A Gallery for Fine Photography (New Orleans), Robert Klein Gallery (Boston), John Cleary Gallery (Houston), Helmut Newton Foundation (Berlin), Acte 2 Galerie (Paris), Clic Gallery (New York), Art Cologne, Williamson Gallery, Art Center College of Design, Eyeloco Gallery (Antwerp).
Selected Commercial Clients include:
Avon, Axe, Bergdorf Goodman, Bloomingdales, Capitol Records, Caress, CBS, Chloe, Clairol, Cover Girl, Disney, Dove Chocolate, Drambuie, E!, Fox Broadcasting Company, General Mills, Hanes, Hershey’s, Kohler, L’eggs, L’Oreal, Mercury Records, Natori, Nike, Paramount Pictures, Pepsi, Reebok, Saks Fifth Ave, Sony Records, Tequila Sauza, Turner Broadcasting, Virgin Records, Warner Bros Records, WB Network, Wrigleys
Holz lists the following amongst his editorial clients:
Arena, Entertainment Weekly, Essence Magazine, Flaunt Magazine, Glamour Magazine, GQ, In Style, Italian Vogue, Lucky Magazine, Men’s Health, Men’s Journal, New York Magazine, Oprah Magazine, People, Rolling Stone, Self Magazine, Seventeen Magazine, Spin Magazine, Vanity Fair
*A Note about Model Fees: Models will not be obliged to sign releases for workshop students and photographs made in the context of the workshop may not be published commercially without the express written consent of the model. Photographers can discuss the subject directly with the models and make arrangements of mutual benefit to both, after the conclusion of the workshop program, but the model fee included in your registration fee does not include obtaining releases. There will be four models available for this workshop. Model fees can run between $350 and $2,000 per model in private sessions for nude photography.