SNAPSHOP! 2017 WORKSHOPS
SNAPSHOP! took place over four consecutive weeks in February, during the course of which students were paired with established photographers who imparted practical, technical, and aesthetic knowledge of crafting a photographic image.
The 2017 installation of SNAPSHOP! was conducted in partnership with EduCare, a Los Angeles-based youth development after school program, and Los Angeles Unified School District. In the spirit of this collaboration, the 2017 installation of SNAPSHOP! was hosted at Diego Rivera Learning Complex and Bell High School.
Instructor: Alyson Aliano
A good portrait is one that draws the viewer in. It draws a reaction or emotion from the viewer. A portrait that answers all the questions is boring. Good portraits leave the viewer with more questions than answers.
A good portrait is never primarily about photography - the lens, the light or technical settings. It's about the person, the moment, the expression.
In this workshop (whatever you will call it), students will make portraits. We will ask ourselves, “Who do I want to make a portrait of and “Why?”” We will find inspiration and look at various photographers throughout modern history as a guide.
Building Your Own Narrative
Instructor: Mario de Lopez
In this photography workshop students will learn the essential techniques in storytelling and will also be guided in developing their own stories. Students will work on conceptualizing narratives, shooting, editing and critiquing their work in class. As part of this workshop, we will review the use of good composition, the benefits of natural and artificial lighting, the applications of color and black & white, understanding camera functions and the importance of photo post-production.
Instructor: Michelle Groskopf
What can we learn about ourselves and the world around us through the practice of Street Photography? What does it take to capture the decisive moment or grab a beautiful street portrait? Action on the street is constantly changing, and in order to capture it, a photographer must be quick, smart and discreet. In this class, we will explore the world’s most iconic street photographers (such as Garry Winogrand, Vivian Maier and Mary Ellen Mark) by viewing their images and discussing their techniques in the classroom. Then we’ll hit the streets to practice. You will learn techniques to help you capture complex, colorful and energetic images as well as learn new ways to approach people for street portraits.
Design and Concepts
Instructor: Nicole Franco
This course is designed to introduce a foundation to street photography. Students will learn creative approaches to photographing the world around them through the art of visual story telling. With identifying the camera as an objective witness, students will gain skills in subject interaction, cultivate their own aesthetic and style and use art as a daily instruction to help capture people, places, spaces and all the moments in between.
L.A. PHOTO SAFARI
Instructor: Pablo Aguilar
Photographers are always on the “hunt” for their next impactful image, but what does it take to capture such a photograph? We are looking for lighting, feel, mood, color, the narrative and the composition. Sometime you wait for the “decisive moment” other times you create those opportunities. This course will cover: capturing an image, storing and sharing your images via Drop Box and editing your images. We will critique your images in class and you will select one of your photographs for the student group show.
Kathy M.Y. Pyon is a visual editor and producer at the Los Angeles Times. She curates the @latimesphoto Instagram and is a regular contributor for the Southern California Moments and Framework blog.
Cat Jimenez is a director, producer, and photographer. She is executive director of the Lucie Foundation and co-founder of Month of Photography Los Angeles.
Kathy and Cat joined SNAPSHOP! students on their last day of class for a curatorial review. Each student presented their work, and Kathy and Cat chose the strongest images to be exhibited in the final exhibition this Spring. Stay tuned for details!