City Stories: New York

with Danny Wilcox Frazier & Joseph Michael Lopez

Danny Wilcox Frazier
& Joseph Michael Lopez

New York, NY
36 East 30th Street, 
New York NY 10016  


October 24th- 27th, 2019

Thursday: 10:00am – 3:00pm

Friday: 10:00am – 4:00pm

Saturday: 10:00pm – 4:00pm

Sunday: 10:00am – 4:00pm


$999.99 –


Join the Leica Akademie in New York for a four-day workshop focused on creating visual stories with documentary photographers, Danny Wilcox Frazier and Joseph Michael Lopez. This hands-on experiential workshop invites participants to build a cohesive photographic series or picture story inspired by the sights, sounds and people of all five boroughs of New York City.

Participants will explore the process by discovering the essence of a place, person or event through the process of photographic documentation. Special attention will be made, and techniques shared, to help you move beyond the cliché image, and instead, teach you how to infuse emotion in a single frame. Ultimately, our goal is to help you build a collection of images, that once edited and sequenced, present an effective visual series or story.


  • Finding, researching and developing a visual story
  • Context, Editing and Storytelling structure
  • Picture Story vs. Photo Essay
  • Composing the connection between people and their environment
  • Finding a personal connection to people and places
  • Workflow and editing techniques for the traveling photographer

New York’s five boroughs, on the last weekend in October, at the height of the fall season, will be the setting for any number of possible visual stories. What you document is up to you, but we ask that you consider topic options ahead of time and with guidance from our Leica instructors, commit to an intentional focus for your project.

Your theme could include:

  • The documentation of a social activity within a chosen neighborhood
  • A person, business or your unique take on street scenes, people and everyday objects
  • Moments of city life or the continuation of an ongoing New York-based personal project.

While, subject matter and approach will vary widely, the most important requirement is your focus on the subject and willingness to work with intention.

Your Instructors

Danny Wilcox Frazier and Joseph Michael Lopez share a common interest and dedication to long-term documentary projects. The combination of instruction from these experienced photographers / educators, provides a rare immersive experience and creative challenge that can positively impact your approach to making images and raise the level of your photography This event will help you develop a heightened sensitivity to your surroundings and give you a new way of “seeing” potential for visual stories


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. It is expected that participants are already comfortable with proper exposure and general camera use.

What you should know

Each student will have the opportunity for a one-on-one portfolio review (20 images maximum). Being equipped with your own laptop or the ability to edit your photographs will be needed for daily edits. Owning a Leica is not required but a selection of Leica cameras will be available to use throughout the workshop.


Enrollment is limited to 12 participants.

We are offering one person a scholarship for the workshop. Interested? Please write to us at and send a link with up to 20 images or your website along with a short bio about yourself. Include a short essay on why you think taking part in this program will help your creative vision. 

Currently enrolled college students and active military personal qualify for a discount. Please contact us directly for more information.

This event coincides with PhotoPlus, (October 24 – 26 at the Jacob Javits Center), so attendees may want to plan to visit the convention, while in New York.


All images © Danny Wilcox Frazier & ©Josephmlopez



Danny Wilcox Frazier is a Documentary photographer and filmmaker, whose  worked focuses 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).

Frazier has been the recipient of numerous grants and fellowships over the past 20 years as a working photographer.

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.

Joseph Michael Lopez was born in New York City to a Puerto Rican father and 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.

Joseph’s photographs were recently included in the exhibit Cuban Photography after 1980: Selections from the Museum’s Collection, at The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston. In 2016, a commissioned series of his photographs of New York neighborhoods, titled New York at Its Core: Future City Lab, is 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.

“Lopez sees and used light as a liberate darkness from death to give light the mystery it commands as a force of nature.. and to illuminate his vast emotive and profound concerns about being alive and about seeing itself. He is one of the best….” Larry Fink

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