Portland Street Photography Workshop
Taking it to the Streets
Sponsored by the Oregon Society of Artists

August 9 to 11, 2024

Your street photography Workshop was my first experience attending a photography workshop AND what a positive experience it was! Your knowledge and skill were adeptly shared and provided an exceptional learning opportunity.”
~Daniel Chavez, Tucson, Ariz.

Street photography is a genre that records unmediated chance encounters and random incidents in public places. The very publicness of the setting enables the photographer to take candid pictures of strangers, often without their knowledge. Street photographers do not necessarily have a social purpose but often prefer isolating and capturing moments that might go unnoticed. The street photographer is an outsider, a voyeur in the true sense, in that they watch and wait until the right moment occurs and capture it using a camera.

The workshop will begin Friday evening with a presentation that will guide you through many techniques and pitfalls of creating successful street photography, followed by a Q&A session. On Saturday and Sunday, we will visit two different areas of Portland to practice street photography with Steve’s guidance. 

Join Steve Anchell for this exciting experience of learning to photograph people and places that are meaningful to you. You need no prior experience in photography or special equipment. This workshop is about engaging and creating meaningful images of people you’ve never met and likely won’t meet again. Bring any capture device, whether a pro camera or a cellphone, film or digital. Steve works with a Sony a7R II and an iPhone, depending on the mood he wakes up in that day.

If you are already a professional photographer, come along and have fun. If you have never held a camera, bring your cell phone camera, come along, learn, and have fun.


Steve Anchell has taught street and documentary photography for the International Center of Photography in NYC, Santa Fe Photography Workshops, and Oregon State University. In the ’00s, he led street photography workshops in Portland for the Portland Photographers’ Forum (PPF). He has been leading street photography workshops in Cuba since 2001.

Just wanted to let you know (again) how much I enjoyed the [ICP] workshop. I've been telling everyone what a fabulous experience it was. You have a wonderful ability to share your skills and experience with others ... and it was fun!” –Elena Bernstein, NYC

Just wanted to tell you how much I appreciate your help and expert advice! It gave me a jump start after a very long photography freeze!”
~Elise Bjorkman, Tualatin, Ore.