Saturday/Sunday, Feb 18/19, 10 am–6 pm; Aug 26, 09:30 am–17 pm/Aug 27, 2023, 09:30 am–6 pm

The masterclass is designed as a four-day workshop series and can only be booked in full.


Portrait, long-term project technique & process, staging, concept development, image review, portfolio reviews, printing technique, editing, sequencing, image review, digital/analog photography, analysis of own situation, discussion and feedback


Photo equipment including card reader and laptop
February appointment: portfolio folder with existing portraits; August appointment: portable artificial light, handheld flashes or video light (if available)


Fotografie Forum Frankfurt

Braubachstraße 30–32, 60311 Frankfurt

The FFF Masterclass 2023 with photographer Katharina Bosse is about the effect and creation of photographic portraits. The work will focus on narrative, social and political aspects. And in addition the question: What does it take to create and realize a portrait concept?

In image discussions, theory and practical exercises, the participants deal with design decisions such as image composition, color scheme and background. Lighting is of particular importance: whether glamour, cinematic portraits or tableaux - all of these styles thrive on the use of special light sources. Participants are invited to bring their cameras as well as hand-held flashes or similar equipment so that they can try out and practice their own light settings on location.

Masterclass leader Katharina Bosse accompanies the work of the participants, gives practical tips and responds to individual wishes. The FFF Masterclass comprises four dates and extends over a longer period of time so that participants have sufficient opportunity to realize their own photographic project. The joint workshop work begins with a discussion of the portfolio portraits that participants have brought with them.

Katharina Bosse was born in Finland in 1968. From 1997 to 2003 she lived in New York and worked there as an artist as well as a photographer for magazines like the New Yorker. Today Katharina Bosse lives in Germany with her children. She is a professor of photography at the Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences.

Her awards include the 1997 Agfa International Award for Photojournalism, the City Artist Award 2021, and a commendation from the European Heritage Foundation for the 2021 Thingstätten project.

Her work is in internationally renowned collections, including MoMA, New York; Maison Européean de la Photographie, Paris; and the DZ Bank Art Collection, Frankfurt am Main. Bosse's work has been exhibited widely, including at the Centre Pompidou, Paris and MoMA, New York. The artist is a member of the collective
Katharina Bosse (Website)

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