Workshops With Karen Marshall

Living Room Critiques

My living room critiques are small independent workshops that meet in my home in New York City.  These sessions offer an intimate but structured environment where the photographer receives expert input and ongoing dialog with fellow photographers.  This supportive setting is for photographers who enjoy working independently, but also appreciate structured critiques and group.

I am also available for individual sessions if that works better for your schedule.  Please refer to my one to one sessions here or contact me here and I will explain my rates and packages available to work individually with you on your projects and portfolios.

Summer 2019

CAMERA in Partnership With The International Center of Photography

Turin Italy

Masterclass in Visual Story Telling

July 1-26

A month long Masterclass with the option to participate in individual one-week modules.

I will be teaching weeks 3 + 4.

The modules:

  • Workflow + Sense of Place (1- 6 July)
  • Photographing People+Stories in the Social Landscape (8-12 July)
  • Creating Stories + Mixing media (15-19 July)
  • Editing It All Together (22-26 July)

Check out the  Website for more information


Rockport, Maine

Visual Story Telling: Putting It Altogether

August 4th - 10th

Weeklong Intensive on the coast of Maine

Whether documenting a specific community, contemplating an interpersonal relationship, or capturing the highlights of a political or historical drama as it unfolds; visual stories have been a central theme in photography since its inception. Many photographers have talent yet lack basic understanding of how to creatively build a narrative out of their own images.

Using Maine as our sketch-pad, we will spend our week together, both photographing and in intensive critique.  We will look at the stories we come across in the social landscape and explore various ways to articulate our observations in a single frame, and in groups of images seen together in concert.

By learning how to implement various editing and sequencing techniques participants will gain a strong foundation of how to organize their work into powerful visual narratives.  We will consider how text, audio and video, and book design may support and/or expand our photographic practice. 

The class will ruminate on how to develop images into coherent edits for portfolios, exhibitions, book projects, and clients.. Ultimately, our intensive week together will foster a deeper understanding of the visual story.


Fall 2019

International Center of Photography

New York City

People and Place: The Documentary Portrait

Thursdays 10AM - 1PM

September 12th - November 14th

The camera is a powerful observer of people. In this course, we examine what 
it means to make images that address the social, cultural, or emotional space of people and the places they inhabit. Participants discuss strategies for photographing people within a cultural context, and create documentary essays. Through class critiques and the honing of editorial skills, students gain a deeper understanding of their personal motivation and desire, and create meaningful work about the world through their lens.


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