One Camera, One Lens:

A Visual Storytelling workshop with Danny Wilcox Frazier.

Danny Wilcox Frazier

June  6 – 10, 2017

Leica Store San Francisco

Master Workshop
Photo Journalism
Fine Art


© Danny Wilcox Frazier

The Leica Akademie USA and Leica Store San Francisco are proud to announce a week-long workshop with documentary photographer and filmmaker Danny Wilcox Frazier, June 6th -10th, 2017.

Developing visual narratives and photo essays is at the foundation of traditional documentary photography. This workshop provides the opportunity to develop a photo essay from beginning to end under the guidance of VII Photos, Danny Wilcox Frazier.

Danny will share the lessons he has learned from over 20 years as a working photographer.  This is a rare opportunity to learn first-hand from a working professional and educator who is dedicated to long term projects and renowned for his ability to capture intimate and emotional stories.

Over the course of five days’ students will learn how to become better storytellers, developing an initial concept into a finished slideshow.

Topics covered include:

  • Finding and developing a visual story?
  • Gaining access
  • Common roadblocks and how to overcome them
  • Working with themes
  • Creating images with impact
  • Developing long term projects

Workshop concept:
Timed to coincide with the west coast debut of Driftless, Danny’s long term project on Iowa and his newest project, Bury me not on the Lone Prairie, the concept for this workshop was born out of Danny’s personal experiences producing content for major publications around the world.

At the very start of the program a number of  approaches to creating documentary narrative storytelling projects will be shared with students. Students are encouraged to determine their subjects or area of interest, before the first day of the workshop.

Once registered, we will work with you to develop your topic. Project topics can vary dramatically from person to person. Subject matter students are personally connected to or situations that you have access to are often good places to start in creating stories and images uniquely your own.

Students are encouraged to consider not only the technical aspects of creating picture stories and gaining access, but also the trust, ethics and relationships involved in documentary projects.

The format of the workshop is intensive and requires independent shooting. The group will gather daily from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. for review and critique. This will leave the afternoon and evenings for shooting.

Final projects will be shared in a public slideshow and reception at the conclusion of the workshop, Saturday June 10th.

About the instructor

Documentary photographer and filmmaker, Danny Wilcox Frazier, focuses his work on marginalized communities both in and outside of the United States.  Frazier has photographed people struggling to survive the economic shift that has devastated rural communities throughout America, including in his home state of Iowa.  His work acknowledges isolation and neglect while also celebrating perseverance and strength.  Frazier is a member of VII Photo.

With his photographs from Iowa, Frazier documented those individuals continuing to live traditional lives in rural communities across the state, people challenged economically but often unwavering in their conviction to stay.  The project was awarded the Center for Documentary Studies/Honickman First Book Prize and was published by CDS and Duke University Press in November of 2007.  Renowned photographer Robert Frank selected Frazier’s work for the prize.  After completing the book (Driftless: Photographs from Iowa), Frazier directed and coproduced with MediaStorm a documentary that confronts issues highlighted by his photographs.  The film has received national recognition including an Emmy nomination in New Approaches to News and Documentary Programming.

Frazier’s assignment work includes: Harper’s, National Geographic, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, TIME, GEO (Germany), GQ (UK), Mother Jones, LIFE, The Sunday Times Magazine (London), Newsweek, Fortune, BusinessWeek, ESPN and Der Spiegel.  In print features on his photographs and films include:  Hungry Eye Magazine (UK), The New York Times (USA), photo-eye (USA), Photo Raw (Finland), LFI (Germany), RearViewMirror Magazine (Italy), Photo District News (USA), B&W Magazine (UK), TAKE photography magazine (Australia), Duke magazine (USA), the trip (Italy), and Virginia Quarterly Review (USA).

Since completing his graduate studies at the University of Iowa in 2004, Frazier has continued to teach workshops as well as university classes on occasions.  Education and the advancement of visual storytelling have always been prominent in his work mission.

Frazier is the recipient of numerous grants and fellowships for foreign and domestic projects including: Aaron Siskind Foundation, Individual Photographer’s Fellowship (2016), Emergency Fund, Magnum Foundation (2016), Emerging Photographer Fund finalist (2012), Dorothea Lange–Paul Taylor Prize finalist, Center for Documentary Studies (2010), The Aftermath Project (2009), Humanities Iowa, an affiliate of the NEH (2009), W. Eugene Smith Grant finalist (2007 and 2008), and the Stanley Fellowship for Graduate Research Abroad (2003).  His photographs are in public and private collections, including: The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Philadelphia Museum of Art, George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film, Duke University’s special collections library, Honickman Foundation, and Smithsonian, National Museum of American History.

Discover more about Danny Wilcox Frazier here.

Additional Information

This workshop is open to all experience levels; Any photographer with a serious interest in exploring different approaches to visual storytelling is encouraged to register.

If you’ve had an idea for a photographic project, this workshop is the perfect chance to get started. Photographers currently working on photographic projects in the San Francisco area are also welcome.

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.

Enrollment is limited to 12 participants, to maximize your time with the instructor.

We are offering one person a scholarship for the workshop. Interested? Please write to us at
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 May 1st.