If you're not familiar with Peter Coulson's fashion and editorial work, you have clearly been living under the proverbial rock or simply don't follow portraiture. Coulson has quickly become one of the most respected and successful fashion photographers from down under, and has been fielding an endless stream of requests to visit America. Namely, to teach his voodoo studio mastery to the masses. Thankfully, this June in Chicago and New York, Coulson is doing exactly that.
While I am proud to have worked on his June workshop project with the help of David J. Crewe of Phlearn since last year, the most exciting part for me will be simply seeing Coulson work, live and in person. There is a profound simplicity to his images, but an even more profound depth and impact that is clearly not created by simply great equipment. Like any of the greatest artists in history, Coulson crafts his images in such a way that it transcends any gear, despite the fact that he slings Hasselblad and often Profoto and Broncolor toys in studio.
To say that I'm a fanboy would be an understatement, and the dozens of Skype meetings we've had with Coulson since last year, in order to plan Chicago, furthered my fanboyism. The fact is, Peter Coulson is not only a world class photographer and artist, but also a fantastic human being. Coulson is always on, in that he could shoot 16+ hours a day without any hesitation, and often does for days on end.
He's a bit passionate.
While 95% of his work is in black and white, Coulson is a master at what he does even on the occasional color image. Here again, gorgeous simplicity is his staple - something I could definitely learn from in my own work.
Coulson will be showcased at the all-new Phlearn studio in Chicago on June 20-21 for what will be an amazing weekend I am sure, supported by Hasselblad and Zeiss. Join us for info and discussion about the Chicago class is in the Facebook group.
Not to mention his New York workshop, which I am looking to also attend, also supported by Hasselblad, Zeiss and Broncolor.
All photos used with permission and © Peter Coulson Photography.