Leica Street Photography Weekend with Joseph Michael Lopez and Gus Powell

Joseph Michael Lopez & Gus Powell

April 6-8 2018

New York City

Leica Weekend
Street Photography


Join the Leica Akademie in New York for a street photography workshop with Joseph Michael Lopez and Gus Powell on April 6th-8th.  These two uniquely expressive and poetic practitioners of contemporary street photography will come together to agree and disagree about “taking” and “making” pictures, “hunting” and “gathering”, visual communication and poetic storytelling, and other topics as they conduct a three day workshop that will emphasize both shooting and editing.

This contrasting combination of instructors provides the rare opportunity to observe and learn from two very distinct photographers. Participants will be able to benefit from different approaches to making images, while at the same time, exploring and receiving feedback on ways to work in public spaces.  The workshop will begin with an initial presentation on Friday, followed by site specific work and shooting at diverse locations around the city on Saturday, and concluding on Sunday with a morning of shooting and an afternoon of critique.

Joseph Michael Lopez will discuss how you make a visceral experience visual. His lessons will focus on the subjective personal process, which leads the participant to ask of themselves, who am I? And, what do I want to say? He will focus on intention, improvisation, collaboration, social awareness, and discuss how cinema informs the photographic language. This experiential workshop will inspire the participant to draw from their inner core. It will foster personal growth and improve their frame on the street.

Gus Powell will share why he loves pointing a loaded camera at people he doesn’t know, and how to find inspiration in unexpected places. Topics include: ambiguity & poetic truth, a sense of place, a sense of humor, the “decisive moment“, the “un-decisive moment”, optimism & pessimism, when your protagonist isn’t a person, pictures that are nouns & pictures that are verbs, memory, embracing language, when to move in, when to move out, when to get a coffee.

Who should attend this workshop?

This workshop is intended for the intermediate or experienced photographer that is interested in street photography. It is expected that participants are already comfortable with proper exposure and general camera use.  It is expected that participants already have a good understanding of proper exposure, focus, and general camera use.

A USB flash drive with portfolio images, or a website/link containing your portfolio will be needed on Friday night.  It is NOT required that you use a Leica camera. As always we will have a selection of Leica equipment on hand for you to try out.

Attendance is limited to 15 maximum.

You should have a solid understanding of your camera controls and the ability to edit your selections for daily critiques.

Owning a Leica is not required. A selection of Leica cameras will be available to use throughout the workshop.

About the instructors

Joseph Michael Lopez

Born in New York City in 1973 to a mother who escaped the Cuban revolution in 1967. He began his career as an analog cinematographer on the critically acclaimed Bruce Weber film, Chop Suey (2001), and was an autodidact until 2009, when he approached Columbia University without an undergraduate degree and was accepted as a MFA candidate based on the merit of his documentary portfolio. He completed his MFA in 2011.

Currently, Joseph divides his time between long-form projects, teaching, and commercial work. His photographs have appeared on the cover of M, The Magazine for Leica M Photography, The Sunday Review of The New York Times, New York magazine and The New Yorker, among others.

In 2016, a commissioned series of his photographs of New York neighborhoods, New York at Its Core: Future City Lab, was permanently installed at The Museum of the City of New York. Images from Dear New Yorker, the series from which this commission originated, have also been published in Bystander: A History of Street Photography, by Colin Westerbeck and Joel Meyerowitz and 100 Great Street Photographs, by David Gibson, along with on the covers of M, The Magazine for Leica M Photography, and Leica Fotografie International.

Gus Powell
Born in New York City in 1974 and attended Oberlin College where he majored in comparative religion. In 2003 he was selected to be in PDNs 30 under 30 issue and also published his first monograph, titled The Company of Strangers (J&L Books). His work has been exhibited internationally including a solo show at The Museum of The City of New York; and group exhibitions at The Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Fine Arts Houston and FOAM, NL. His photographs have been published in Aperture, Harpers, Vogue, Wired, Fortune, W, and The New Yorker magazine.

He is a member of the collective of street photographers In-Public and faculty at the MFA Photography, Video and Related Media Department at the School of Visual Arts, NY. He is included in the books Bystander: A World History of Street Photography and Street Photography Now.

Powell’s second monograph, titled The Lonely Ones (J&L Books) was celebrated as one
of the best photography books of the year. Powell is currently at work on a book tilted Family Car Trouble and his ongoing street work series titled Mise en Scène. He is represented by Sasha Wolf Projects, NY and Micamera, Milano.

Photo by Landon Nordeman


Additional Information


Sunday will include a catered lunch. Please advise of any dietary restrictions.
Enrollment is limited to 15 participants, to maximize your time with the instructor.

We are offering one person a scholarship for the workshop. Interested? Please write to us at Akademie@leicacamerausa.com

The scholarship only covers the workshop fee only.
Send a link with up to 20 images or your website and a  short bio. Include your reasons for wanting to take part in this program. Deadline to apply is March 5th.

All images ©Josephmlopez & ©GusPowell