(c) Marco Grob 2019


MARCO GROB: The Editorial Portrait Assignment Workshop

Orientation Sunday, May 5th, 4:30pm – 5:30pm

Monday, May 6th – Wednesday, May 8th, 9:00am – 4:00pm. 

Thursday, May 9th, 9:00am – 11:00am (Optional)


PSPF is proud to introduce a wonderful editorial portrait workshop by the world-renowned photographer Marco Grob. In this class, attendees will actually execute an assignment to shoot a cover, a one-page and a double-spread on a portrait sitter that will be critiqued by members of the PSPF illustrustrius editorial portfolio review faculty.  Attendees will help each other to plan and execute these images under conditions similar to actual editorial assignments. You’ll deal with pre-shoot, shoot and post shoot issues and turn in your ‘assignment’ on the third day of the class for review & critique by Marco and the class. On the final morning of the class we’ll present the critiques of our photo editors.

Day One:  Marco Grob will present his work, show examples from his actual portfolio and review the work of the attendees.  If time permits he will conduct an environmental portrait session demonstration.

Day Two: Attendees will plan and execute a series of portraits on location. Class will photograph each other and assist each other in this process. It’s essential to understand how the sitter relates to the photographer in this situation as well as how to be part of a team in the service of the assignment.

Day Three:  Marco will review and critique the work made on day two with the class.  In the afternoon, the class will execute their portraits for presentation to our faculty of photo editors.

Day Four: Review attendee work made the prior night and study the comments made by our editorial review faculty.

Price: $1430.

Includes transportation and lunch for all full days 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 any special adapter for your computer for this purpose, please be sure to bring one to class. All Workshop Participants are invited to the Canon/Freestyle Digital Print Center at Korakia on Thursday, May 9th 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.


Born in Olten, Switzerland, Marco Grob began his career as a photographer’s assistant in Los Angeles. Upon his return to Switzerland, Marco opened his first studio and worked for twenty years as a still life photographer.

In 2003, Marco decided to change his career path and focus on portrait and people photography. After his move to New York City, he worked with actors Leonardo DiCaprio, George Clooney, Michael Douglas, Sandra Bullock, Jeff Bridges, Colin Firth, Robert Downey Jr., Carey Mulligan, Uma Thurman and Julianne Moore – musicians such as Sir Elton John, Lady Gaga, Sting, Robert Plant, Justin Bieber, Pink, Seal, Lionel Ritchie and numerous political figures including President Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Joe Biden and Dick Cheney along with many other heads of state.

His commercial clients in the film industry include Walt Disney Studios, Warner Brothers, Marvel, Netflix, Hulu, NBC Universal, HBO, and A&E. He was assigned to work on movie posters like the 2012 Marvel / Disney Production “The Avengers” Part 1 & 2, 3 & 4 and Disney’s “TRON: Legacy.” His work in advertising includes clients like Rolex, IWC Watches, Tag Heuer, BBC, ARD (First German Television) and Louis Vuitton.

Marco’s work appears regularly in magazines like TIME, GQ, Vanity Fair, Vogue, Esquire, The New York Times Magazine, Wired and New York Magazine. In 2011, he was commissioned by TIME to create a series of portraits centered around the tragic events of September 11th, 2001. Titled, “BEYOND 9/11: Portraits of Resilience” this multiple award winning body of work is now part of both the Smithsonian Museum’s and the National 9/11 Memorial’s permanent collections.

His work has won numerous awards over time including an EMMY AWARD for “BEYOND 9/11”, an International ADC Gold, Swiss ADC , South African Loerie Awards, Cannes Awards, New York Festival Awards, POYi (Picture of the year), Kunstpreis des Kantons Solothurn 2011 and the prestigious Hasselblad Master 2007.

Since 2010, Marco has been working passionately and with great dedication for United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) in order to report and educate about the global tragedy caused by 100 million landmines which inflict terror and pain around the world.

Marco lives in New York, but follows his work around the world.