Greg Gorman Photograph
Update: 2014 Workshop Dates just announced!

Vancouver Photo Workshops proudly presents this intensive 3 Day workshop, "Greg Gorman on Portraiture" with internationally acclaimed photographer Greg Gorman.

Set in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia, this is an incredible opportunity to expand your visual horizons under the guidance of one of the great masters in contemporary photography.

Be inspired and guided by a true Master. Shoot amazing models, all casted by Mr. Gorman himself, at incredible locations. On the third and final day, Greg will take you through his digital workflow and you will also have the opportunity to make large scale fine-art prints under his guidance. And because this is a true Greg Gorman Workshop experience, we have even thought about the wine.

Check out this recent feature video where Greg Gorman talks about his career in photography:

Workshop course description provided by Greg Gorman:

Join photographer Greg Gorman in this hands-on, intensive 3 day workshop as he shares his lighting techniques both in the studio and on location.

Greg will discuss how he approaches people and how he analyzes a face, as well as his use of different camera angles, lens choices and background choices to create distinguished images with strong personal style.

Mr. Gorman will also discuss and demonstrate how he works in natural light with reflectors, scrims, and artificial light.

Students will have time to shoot, putting Greg’s techniques and their own into practice, followed by group critiques.

On the third and final workshop day, Greg will cover Photoshop and post processing techniques, including his famous black and white conversion methodology. Furthermore, students will have an opportunity to make a large scale fine-art print of one image created during the workshop. Being a master printer, Greg will supervise and coach each student during the entire prining process.

Students may work with film or digital cameras for this workshop.

Greg will travel to Vancouver ahead of the workshop to personally audition and cast the models for this exclusive workshop. He will also visit and approve all shooting locations before the workshop begins.

Early Bird Discount: The first 3 people to register will receive $220 discount off regular tuition fees!

Greg Gorman’s work documents that peculiar obsession of the 20th century celebrity. His photography is timeless and not confined to has-beens, hot properties and wannabe's.

Each shot gives a picture of human nature in its infinite range. Each picture is also a testament to the individual character.

"For me a photograph is most successful when it doesn’t answer all the questions," says Gorman, "and it leaves something to the imagination."

For over three decades, Greg Gorman has continued to master the art of photography. From personality portraits and advertising campaigns to magazine layouts and fine art work, Greg has developed and showcased a discriminating and unique style in his profession.

Besides traveling the world for specialized photographic projects, Mr. Gorman continues to work on compilations of his imagery. A book is forthcoming on his award winning L.A. Eyeworks campaign and currently Mr. Gorman is in production on a book tentatively titled In Their Youth: Early Portraits, which incorporates forty years of previously unpublished work. These releases will join his previously published books: Greg Gorman Volume I, Greg Gorman Volume II, Inside Life, Perspectives, As I See It, and Just Between Us. In 2007, The Journal of the 21st Century published a book of Mr. Gorman’s platinum prints entitled Odes to Pindar.

Aside from photography, Greg’s other passion has always been wine. He is now taking his keen interest one step further by venturing into wine making. Mr. Gorman will be producing his first vintage this fall with renowned winemaker Dave Phinney from Orin Swift Cellars.

Born in 1949 in Kansas City, Missouri, Greg attended the University of Kansas from 1967-69 with a major in photojournalism. He completed his studies at the University of Southern California, graduating with a Master of Fine Arts degree in cinematography in 1972. He currently divides his time between his homes in Los Angeles and Mendocino, California.

Visit Greg Gorman's website for more information and to see his captivating photography:



Basic photography knowledge required.


Maximum 12 participants.

What to Bring

Equipment Needed:

Bring your film or digital SLR camera (must have manual controls) and at least 1 lens.
Optional: additional lenses, camera flash, tripod or laptop.

We Provide:

Course content as outlined above. Use of our digital facilities to view, edit and print your images. Refreshments each day.


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If you must withdraw for any reason please be aware of our refund policy as follows:

For our Local Lectures, Seminars, and Workshops valued at or under $100, VPW is unable to provide a cash refund. Transfers are limited to one transfer to either the same event at a later date, or a different event of equal value. VPW requires 48 hours written notice in order to make such a transfer (email notice is acceptable). The event you are transferring to must occur within 6 months of the original event you registered for. A $15 fee will be applied to all transfers.

For our Local Workshops, 1 to 5 days in length and our Local 4 to 10 Week Courses, VPW requires 30 days written notice (before the event start date) of your withdrawal in order to provide a refund. (Email notice is acceptable.)

For our Master Photographer Series workshops, 1 to 5 days in length, VPW requires 60 days written notice (before the workshop start date) of your withdrawal in order to provide a refund. VPW may retain 15% of fees paid or $150 minimum in processing your refund. If the tuition is less than $500 the minimum fee drops to $75.

For our Photo Tours (both in Canada and abroad), 1 to 10 days in length, VPW requires 60 days written notice (before the event start date) of your withdrawal in order to provide a refund. VPW may retain 15% of fees paid or $150 minimum in processing your refund. If the tuition is less than $500 the minimum fee drops to $75.

Transfers (for all events over $100): If you wish to transfer to a different workshop date, VPW requires a minimum of 30 days written (email) notice. All transfers are based on availaibility, and subject to approval by VPW staff. For courses/workshops with tuition above $101, the transfer fee is $35.

Transfer Fees as based on event pricing:
Tuition of $100 and below, the transfer fee is $15
Tuition of $101 and above, the transfer fee is $35

VPW can give no refunds:

If you registered for any event valued at or under $100
If you do not show up for your registered course.
If you register for a course beyond or below your skill or ability level.

Refunds for all events valued at $101 and above (excluding Master Series Workshops):
If a student wishes to cancel their registration for any of VPW's events, and has provided written notice within the appropriate timeframe, a refund less a $50 administration fee will be provided.

Course Cancellation:

Occasionally, we may have to cancel a course due to low enrollment. In this case, we will issue a full refund of all monies paid to VPW up to that time.

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3 Day Workshop August 15th - 17th, 2014 10am - 5pm First 3 registrants get $210 off regular tuition fees VPW Studios $1200 CDN Click Here to Register