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SANDRO MILLER: Becoming a Portrait Lighting Master

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)

Sandro Miller is one of the top international advertising photographers working today. He made his name based on his expert, versatile lighting skills and the unique emotional connection he captures from his sitters. Sandro’s many clients know they can call on him to creat exactly the perfect lighting for each of his portrait jobs. 

This intensive four-day workshop will expose attendees to powerful lighting techniques for advertising and editorial portraiture. This class is conceived so that Sandro can demonstrate, and the class can photograph, using specific lighting setups that are designed based on the actual subject and assignment requirements and not standard fall-back setups.

Sandro will show how he approaches and lights a portrait, demonstrating not only the technical aspects but eliciting the emotional connections in the portrait that has made his one of the most remarkable careers in both commercial and fine art photography today. In addition, he will discuss his transformation from photographer to photographer / film maker in the class.

PRICE: $1430

Sandro has been photographing people for over thirty years. He became interested in photography at the age of sixteen upon seeing the work of Irving Penn and has since devoted his life to creating expressive images.

With numerous award-winning campaigns to his credit, Sandro is one of today’s foremost photographers. He has photographed many national advertising campaigns for a long list of clients including: Allstate Insurance, American Express, Anheuser-Busch, BMW, Dove, Gatorade, Coca-Cola, Honda, Pepsi, Milk, Nikon, Microsoft, Miller/Coors, Motorola, Nike, Adidas, Pony, UPS, Champion, and the US Army.

In 2001 Sandro was invited by the Cuban government to photograph that country’s greatest national treasure – its athletes. This project was the first US/Cuban collaboration since the trade embargo was imposed in 1960. Sandro’s editorial work has been featured in The New Yorker, GQ, Esquire, Russian Esquire, Time, Forbes, Details, Stern, Wired, Newsweek, Vibe, Communication Arts, Graphis, New York Magazine, Eyemazing, and ESPN Magazine and has been exhibited worldwide.

Sandro has worked on many award-winning projects including a renowned portrait session with actor John Malkovich in Croatia, a series of motorcycle racing shots in Brainerd, Minnesota, a still and video shoot of the roller derby team “The Windy City Rollers”, a video of the world-renowned high-wire artist Philippe Petit, and most recently, a short cinematic video entitled “Joy Ride”, featuring a motorcyclist racing through the early morning streets of Chicago on a mysterious mission.

Throughout Sandro’s career, each year he has contributed his talents to both community based and national charitable organizations by creating powerful imagery and compelling campaigns soliciting contributions for such organizations as the American Heart Association, Food Depository of Chicago, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Milwaukee, Evans Life Foundation, Arts for Life, Dance for Life, AIDS Chicago, AIDS New Jersey, and The Good City.

At the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity in July 2011, Sandro was acknowledged with a Saatchi & Saatchi Best New Director Award for his short video “Butterflies” featuring John Malkovich.

For the past five years, in juried competition within the industry, Sandro has been voted one of the top advertising photographers in the world.

Sandro was the recipient of the International Photography Awards Photographer of the Year for 2014 & 2015.

Sandro Miller is the author of seven monographs:

  • (2014) Eyes Of Morocco
  • (2012) Sandro Raw, Steppenwolf
  • (2009) El Matador, Joselito: A Pictorial Novel
  • (2008) Imagine Cuba 1999-2007
  • (2002) Sandro: Figure E Ritratti
  • (1998) American Bikers
  • (1994) I Can’t Accept Not Trying