Finding the Significant Gesture with Richard Bram

A Leica Akademie WEEKEND

Richard Bram

Tamarkin Camera
300 West Superior, StreetSuite 202
Chicago, IL 60654

Septemebr 6th-8th, 2019

Friday: 10:00am – 8:00pm

Saturday: 10:00am – 5:00pm

Sunday: 10:00am – 5:00pm



© Richard Bram


Join the Leica Akademie in Chicago for a weekend workshop with veteran street photographer Richard Bram. This 3-day course will focus on the essentials of Street Photography and the pursuit of the “Significant Gesture” discoverable every day in often overlooked moments on the street.

Combining classroom lecture with hands-on experiences, shooting throughout the city and a final day of review, this is a crash course in the joys and challenges of Street


  • A photographer’s journey from PR to the Street.
  • Approaches to photographing people in public & getting close.
  • The value of “Outtakes”
  • The uncomfortable moment.
  • Shooting more & thinking less.
  • Going beyond the tourist photo
  • Editing – A process to figuring out if your image works.

What is Included?

  • Three days of instruction.
  • Portfolio review on the first day.
  • A weekend of photography with like minded creative people.
  • Final group review and feedback of images created made over the workshop.
  • Access to Leica products to use throughout the weekend.
  • Catered group lunch on Sunday.

Timed to coincide with the exhibition “Short Stories” opening at the Rangefinder Gallery, this workshop continues a six year tradition of a collaborative workshops between the Leica Akademie and Tamarkin Camera.

All students are invited to attend the gallery opening on Friday, September 6th.


10:00am – 5:00pm – Opening presentation, Group Portfolio Review, Afternoon of Shooting.
6:00pm-8:00pm – Gallery Opening

10:00am – 12:00pm – Lecture
1:00pm – 5:00pm – A day of photography.

10:00am – 1:00pm – AM of shooting, followed by edit.
1:00pm – 2:00pm – Lunch Provided
2:00pm – 5:00pm – Review


Amateurs and professionals alike will gain much from this program.

Using a Leica camera is not required. You should have basic understanding of camera controls and digital workflow.

Enrollment for this Master Class is limited to 12 participants.

About the Instructor

Richard Bram is now based in London, but lived and worked in New York City for many years. His works are held in public and private collections across America and the world. Over the last 35 years he has worked for a range of local and international publications and commercial clients. Ken Walton, director of StreetFoto, the SanFrancisco international Street Photography Festival, has said this about Richard: “…when I look at your work, I see humanity. You don’t play visual tricks like matching patterns or colors, you don’t crunch your shadows and go for deep contrast or minimalism, and you rarely do visual puns. There’s plenty of humor, but it doesn’t rely on the gimmickry that many other street photographers use. You capture genuine moments that reveal the human condition.”

Bram has published 2 books and been featured in others such as “Bystander, A History of Street Photography” and “The Street Photographer’s Manual.” In 2006, he published his first book of photographs: “RICHARD BRAM: Street Photography” (Benedictine Press, Germany). His most recent book “NEW YORK” (Peanut Press, New York, 2016) is a summary of his 10 years living and shooting on the streets of New York City as well as his 2010 radical shift to color in his personal work after 25 years of working in black and white.

Bram is an original member the international street photographers’ collective; is a popular instructor at workshops in as varied locations as Tbilisi, Tel Aviv, Bangkok, and New York; and a frequent lecturer, reviewer, and competition judge at photography events and festivals round the globe. You can see more of Richard’s work here.

Gesture makes the mundane dynamic; large or small, gesture creates something that you haven't seen before.
Richard Bram

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