(c) Dan Winters 2020


DAN WINTERS: The Considered Portrait  (Limited to 12 attendees)

Orientation Sunday, May 3rd, 4:30pm – 5:30pm

Monday, May 4th – Wednesday, May 6th, 9:00am – 4:00pm. Thursday, May 7th 9:00am – 11:00am

The chance to attend a Dan Winters workshop doesn’t come along very often (this will be the fifth in 15 years). The great photographer / illustrator will offer a special Master Class for the fourteenth Palm Springs Photo Festival. Few photographers have such a readily recognizable style of interpreting people in images as Dan Winters and few enjoy success in more than one domain – in Dan’s case, photography and illustration play important roles in his commercial output. Sought after by the country’s major magazines for decades, his style is a valued addition to magazines and advertising clients.

This workshop will begin on Monday, May 6th and with a group discussion/review, a unique discussion about photo history, process, awareness, the power of “Plan B” and what it’s like to be inside of a camera. This is not a class about technique. Having said that, as photographers technique is essential to our craft, so we will discuss materials and ways to use the tools that are at our disposal to make images that will hopefully challenge and compel. 

On Tuesday May 7th and Wednesday May 8th attendees will have the opportunity to photograph, edit and present work for the class. Discussions will be a driving force.

Recommended reading prior to attending: Why People Photograph by Robert Adams

Most of our work will be on location. My hope is that each participant leaves feeling, inspired, invigorated and with a better grasp on his or her own creative process.  -Dan Winters

PRICE: $2260.

Includes daily registration for the days of the class, models, class transportation and a boxed lunch for each full day of the workshop.

Photographers should bring their laptops and be conversant with their hardware and software in order to facilitate downloading and projecting their work for critiques in class. Digital projectors with standard DVI / VGA cables will be provided. If you require DVI connectors and / or adapters, please bring one to class.

All Workshop Participants are invited to the Canon/Freestyle Digital Print Center at Korakia on Thursday, May 7th from 11:00am to 6:00pm to have an image of their choice printed out on a Canon Pro 2000 printer, using custom profiles and on their choice of several inkjet papers. 



Known for the broad range of subject matter he is able to interpret, he is widely recognized for his unusual celebrity portraiture, his scientific photography, photo illustrations, drawings and photojournalistic stories. Dan has won over one hundred national and international awards from American Photography, Communication Arts, The Society of Publication Designers, PDN, The Art Directors Club of New York, Life Magazine, and won the world press photo award in the portrait category, among others. He was also awarded the prestigious Alfred Eisenstaedt Award for Magazine Photography. In 2003, he was honored by Kodak as a photo “Icon” in their biographical “Legends” series.

He has had multiple exhibitions of his personal work in galleries in New York and Los Angeles. His work is in the permanent collection at the National Portrait Gallery at the Smithsonian, the Houston Museum of Fine Art, the Harry Ransom Center in Austin, the Wittliff Collection at Texas State University in San Marcos and the Jepson Center for the Arts/Telfair Museum in Savannah, Georgia. Dan lives in Austin, Los Angeles and Savannah with his wife and son.

His books include Dan Winters’ America: Icons and IngenuityLast LaunchPeriodical Photographs and his most current title, Road To Seeing, which chronicles his path to becoming a photographer.

Clients include Esquire, GQ, Vanity Fair, The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, New York Magazine, TIME, Texas Monthly, WIRED, Fortune, Discover, Details, Premiere, W, Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone, Newsweek, Golf Digest and many other national and international publications, his clients for print, advertising and commercials include Nike, Microsoft, IBM, LG, Hewlett-Packard, Sony, Bose, Saturn, Sega, Fila, Cobra, Warner Brothers, Paramount, DreamWorks, Columbia TriStar and Twentieth Century Fox. Regular music clients include A&M, Sony BMG, Warner Brothers, Interscope and Epitaph.



“The workshop was fantastic. It was well organized so there was enough time to see Dan working, hear review of our own work, and also get a lot of time to implement concepts in shooting time with the models. Dan Winters is an incredible, natural teacher. He was so open to us in every way. He shared his philosophy, approach, thoughts on the medium and views that extend beyond the subject into other realms of creativity and meaning. I left feeling that he gave as much as he could in his time and energy and that I absorbed a lot creatively, technically, and in inspiration. It was a very meaningful and memorable experience and I’m grateful to him.” –  Heather

“Wonderful, Inspiring Experience. Dan is an incredible teacher. – He was incredibly patient with everyone in the class and tried his best to give as much time to each of us as possible. Really appreciated his commitment to teaching.” –  Taylor

“Dan was one of the most kind, patient and interesting instructors I have ever worked with. He is full of passion and it was an unforgettable experience.” –  Stacey

“Who would have thought I’d be able to spend 3 days with Dan Winters? Even though I’m a working pro, this was truly an amazing experience and I learned a lot about myself as well as my work.” – Christopher