Patrisha McLean will teach a weekend workshop on the art of photographing children Saturday and Sunday, May 17 and 18, at Maine Media Workshops + College. McLean’s trademark black and white, natural light photographs have spanned the commercial and art worlds for 20 years.

McLean is one of the few professional photographers still working with film, hand crafting her prints in the darkroom, and this workshop counteracts the prevailing trend in children’s portraiture for loud color, props and digital retouching by focusing on capturing the individual beauty of the child and creating a timeless portrait that will be cherished by generations.

This is McLean’s third workshop at Maine Media. Her students include professional photographers wanting to break out of the stilted studio look or specialize in photographing children; and mothers and grandmothers wanting to take better photos of their children.

McLean’s work is in the permanent collections of the Farnsworth Art Museum and Portland Museum of Art. In spring 2015, Down East Books will publish McLean’s project of children living on Islesboro, North Haven and Vinalhaven. Her previous book, the award-winning “Maine Street: Faces and Stories of a Small Town,” also by Down East Books, chronicled the townspeople of Camden.

McLean studied photography herself at the Maine Media Workshops, and a class with Mary Ellen Mark led to her first gallery show, at Rockland’s Caldbeck Gallery. “Children of Fulton Street” featured environmental portraits of children living on one street in Rockland.

For more information about McLean’s workshop, call 236-8581 or email For more information on McLean’s photography, email or visit

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