Gregory Halpern Online Course – Free Trial

Sample our latest online course led by Gregory Halpern

Gregory Halpern: Documentary Sur/Realism features a curriculum of 16 lessons. The course unpacks his approach to portraiture, the power of editing and sequencing in building photographic narratives, and shares insights into how his celebrated projects and photobooks were created. Halpern shares his end-to-end process, from pressing the shutter and creating contact sheets to his approach to editing and sequencing, giving his honest reflections on the successes and the failures.

This trial offers a sample of the course that includes valuable advice that can be applied to your photographic practice, from reflections on photobooks, to observing the photographer interact and build rapport with subjects as he creates portraits by Niagara Falls.

What you'll learn in this trial

Creative Development

Halpern shares his journey in photography, revealing how his voice as an artist evolved from his first major project to the work he is making today.


Learn about the photobooks that inspired Halpern and how the photographer edits and creates his own publications.

Photographing Strangers

Understand some of the methods used by Halpern to find photographic subjects, and see how he navigates real-world portrait scenarios.

About your tutor

Born in Buffalo, New York, Gregory Halpern is known for his intuitively rich colour photography that draws attention to harsh social realities as well as the unerring strangeness of everyday life. His work is rooted in both the real and the sublime and this approach has led him to photograph life in post-industrial towns of the American Rust Belt, the people and places of Los Angeles and the uniquely unifying experience of a total solar eclipse.

Halpern has published five books of photographs and is the editor, along with Jason Fulford, of The Photographer’s Playbook: Over 250 Assignments and Ideas (Aperture, 2014). He holds a BA in History and Literature from Harvard University and an MFA from California College of the Arts. Halpern was the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2014 and teaches photography at the Rochester Institute of Technology.

Image by Thor Karlsen

The full course offers

16 Lessons

Covering Halpern’s early career, following him on-location as he makes new work, and deep-dives into editing, sequencing and photobooks.

5+ Hours

In-depth lessons and case studies totaling more than five hours of high-quality video content.

24/7 Access

No deadlines, no time-limits. Enjoy the content at your own pace, available online 24/7.


What is included in the trial?

This course contains three lessons and has a runtime of over one hour.

How long is the trial available for?

Our trials are available until June 30, 2022.

Are subtitles available and in which languages?

This course currently comes with English subtitles only. We are looking to add subtitles in the future.

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