Figurative Photography

Maciej Makalowski
10 Sessions » Tuesdays, June 3–August 5
6:30–9:30 pm | Studio 16A | $400

This class is meant for students of all skill levels, but will be basic enough for beginners of photography

This course provides a basic understanding of the technical and conceptual aspects of figurative photography. Through both staged model shoots, demonstrations, studio practice, and lectures, students will explore different methods and approaches to photographing the human figure. We will investigate and learn about historical background, lightning, portraiture (head shots), composition, basic Photoshop skills, using a flash and light kits, building a narrative, and how to critique and talk about photography. 

“The most valuable [aspect] of this class is its hands-on approach—very practical—and can’t top the opportunities to have live models to shoot. That was exciting, motivating, to get really great images and discover that I have to learn fast on the spot given limited time and the fast-moving process.” –Figurative Photography student, 2013

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Maciej Makalowski is an interdisciplinary artist born in Poznań, Poland, and raised in Montréal, Washington D.C., and central Pennsylvania. His paintings, photographs, collages, and films explore political histories, nostalgia, popular culture, and fringe spirituality. He received an MFA in painting from San Francisco Art Institute, and a BFA in painting and a BA in political science from the Pennsylvania State University. He has exhibited in San Francisco, Oakland, Long Beach, Berkeley, Chicago, Portland, Tulsa, Russia, Pennsylvania, and Italy. He is also a founding member of the Basement artist collective in the Mission District of San Francisco. In his spare time, Makalowski focuses on playing music and social activism. He currently resides and works in San Francisco. 


Maciej Makalowski
Laura, 2010
Digital photograph
13 x 8.6 inches
Courtesy of the artist