Ordinary People (Like Me)

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Ordinary People (Like Me)

A two-part photography workshop

Presented in partnership with The Camera Store and Canon Canada.

Join us on two consecutive Saturdays to explore contemporary approaches to portrait photography. How can ordinary people make extraordinary photographs of friends and strangers?  The discussion will address challenges like access and permissions, as well as formal and technical considerations involved in making compelling portraits.

The workshop will involve an introductory talk, a shooting assignment, discussion, and peer review.

During the second workshop day, participants will be invited to work with The Camera Store technicians to produce high-quality prints for all participants. We encourage participants to bring their lunch and join in a casual meet and greet while prints are being developed from 12:00 – 1:00pm, before joining the workshop from 1:00 – 3:00pm.

All participants will need to bring at least one camera — a smartphone, digital, or analog camera. The choice of the device is left to the discretion of the participant. Please note that both digital and print files made by participants will be reviewed on the second Saturday.


  • Part 1, Saturday, May 14, 2022, 12:00 – 2:00pm
  • Part 2, Saturday, May 21, 2022, 12:00 – 3:00pm

Cost: $50

For more information and to RSVP visit agileticketing.net.

About the Artist

Dona Schwartz is a photographic artist based in Calgary. She received her PhD from the Annenberg School for Communications at the University of Pennsylvania with a focus on photography and ethnography. Through her photographic work she examines definitions of family, evolving identity, social bonds, and boundaries. Proceeding from her perspective as a visual ethnographer, her investigations involve long-term engagement with subjects, resulting in richly layered photographic series and narratives. Inspired as a teenager by the work of André Kertész, she approaches photography with insight, wit, and humour.

Her award-winning photographs have been exhibited and published internationally. She has authored four books: Waucoma Twilight: Generations of the Farm (Smithsonian, 1992), Contesting the Super Bowl (Routledge, 1997), In the Kitchen (Kehrer, 2009) and On the Nest (Kehrer, 2015). Her work is included in the collections of the United States Library of Congress; the Museum of Fine Arts Houston; the Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne; the George Eastman Museum; the Center for Creative Photography; the Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas-Austin; the Portland Art Museum; and the Kinsey Institute, Indiana University. Schwartz is Professor, Department of Art, University of Calgary. She is represented by Stephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto.

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