DARING TO SEE THE WORLD IN A NEW WAY
MYSTERY & BEAUTY in the EVERYDAY

MASTERCLASS WITH MAGGIE STEBER

 

Maggie Steber


LOS ANGELES, CA


September 11th – 15th, 2019


Wednesday: 2:00pm – 6:00pm

Thursday: 2:00pm – 5:00pm – Gallery Opening

Friday: 2:00pm – 5:00pm

Saturday: 2:00pm – 6:00pm

Sunday: 10:00am – 2:00pm

 


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$1,299.99

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© Maggie Steber


Description

Join world-renowned photojournalist, editor, and instructor Maggie Steber on a search to see the world in new ways during this week-long Masterclass in Los Angeles.

Inspired by Maggie Steber’s own experience in creating “The Secret Garden of Lily LaPalma,” this program utilizes the idea of mystery as a tool to discover new ways to see and create original images. Whether you are a visual storyteller in the documentary style or someone who creates images in a more artistic vein, this workshop is for you.

In a world where one billion photos are taken each day, we all suffer from a collective visual fatigue. The big challenge for image-makers is to show people something they haven’t seen before. This workshop dares each participate to set aside traditional photographic “rules” and explore the elusive and mysterious nature of ideas, sometimes dark, sometimes dreamlike, whatever the photographer considers mysterious. Mystery can be found on the streets of LA or within yourself. 

This week is about the stuff of dreams, the value of “playing” and exploring the mysterious side of one’s own life.  You will leave with new tools, new ideas, and a new way of regarding where you fit into this overwhelming, over populated world of photography.


Topics

  • The elusive nature of ideas
  • Finding inspiration in film noir and pulp fiction
  • Building a photographic narrative
  • Editing and sequencing
  • The importance of “Secret Gardens”

We will review Maggie’s own projects that explore the darker side of film noir, as well as, the work of other photographers. You will experience a mix of lectures, class assignments, daily critiques, and a private portfolio review, designed to push you to consider new ways of looking at your photography.

Scheduled to coincide with an exhibition at the Leica Gallery Los Angeles, this is a rare opportunity to spend an entire week with one of the most sought- after photographers, editors, and photographic mentors working today.


WHO SHOULD ATTEND

The workshop is for the photographer who wants to open his/her imagination and explore a new territory, even if for a short while, that will expand their thinking and visual approach.

Students are expected to have a basic understanding of their camera’s functions and operation. This is not a “how to” or technically focused program. Photographers who are ready for honest feedback with an interest in discovering new ways to tell stories will get the most from this experience.

Students will need to have the ability to download digital files throughout the workshop. Students should be be conversant with their hardware and software to facilitate downloading and review of photos.

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

On the first day of the workshop, students are asked to bring 10 of your best photographs in a digital format for review with Maggie. This can be a project or simply a collection of your best photographs. In addition, students will be able to schedule (optional) private portfolio reviews.

Owning a Leica is never a requirement to attend one of our workshops. We will have a selection of cameras available for your use.

AGENDA

Day One:
Students bring 10 favorite images that reflect their work, style, interests. They can all be from one project or single images.

We will look at the work of photographers working in various genres who have found new and original ways to “tell stories” be they more documentary or conceptual.

We will brainstorm about your personal and professional goals so please bring two goals you would really like to achieve or enhance during the workshop. We will do some in-class photo exercises so bring your cameras. Brainstorming about what you will do during the week so think about some ideas, ahead of time.

Day Two:
Come with your best ten images from the day before shooting BUT BRING ALL YOUR IMAGES, just do an edit of ten to show. We will Do a class critique and make some suggestions. We will have a sign up sheet for one-on- one times with Maggie so that you will have more shooting time. There will be one-on- one appointments. This will esure each student gets 1on1 time with Maggie.

Day Three:
One on ones with Maggie individually.

Day Four:
Class meets at to share what you have done so far. At that point, we will discuss how to proceed depending on how students are doing.

Day Five:
An editing day to put your projects together and final lecture.

Catered Group Lunch.

Each photographer’s  final collection and presentation will be presented on Sunday.

SPECIAL NOTES
Enrollment is limited to only 12 participants.

All Images ©Maggie Steber

 

INSTRUCTOR

A Guggenheim Foundation Fellow, Maggie Steber is an internationally known documentary photographer, whose work has appeared in major magazines, newspapers and book anthologies, as well as, national and international exhibitions. 

She is a National Geographic Woman of Vision and has worked in 69 countries, producing cultural stories as well as significant work on Native Americans, and the sciences of sleep and memory loss. 

She specializes in stories of underrepresented people.  Best known for her photo essays in National Geographic Magazine. She has photographed for 30 years in Haiti.

Aperture published her monograph entitled DANCING ON FIRE: Photographs from Haiti. She also published work on her mother’s dementia in Rite of Passage which was also made onto a multimedia project for MediaStorm.

She was Assistant Managing Editor for Photography and Features at The Miami Herald from 1999-2003 and has served as judge on many competition and grant panels including the Pulitzer Prize Committee for Photography for 2015, World Press Photo, the Alexia Grant, the Alicia Patterson Grant, Pictures of the Year, and the Getty-Instagram Grant.

Steber has worked as a picture editor for Associated Press, a National Geographic Magazine
. Steber has worked as a picture editor for Associated Press, a contract photographer for Newsweek Magazine, and as the Director of Photography at The Miami Herald.

Her photographs are included in the Library of Congress, Richter Collection, and private collections.

Honors & Awards:

  • 2019 Pulitzer Prize Finalist for The Story of a Face, National Geographic Magazine

  • 2019 The Photographer’s Photographer from National Geographic Magazine

  • 2019 The President’s Award from the Overseas Press Club

  • 2017-2018 Guggenheim Foundation Fellow

  • 2015 National Geographic Magazine Woman of Vision

  • 2007 Knight Foundation grant for New American Newspaper Project
2003 Medal of Honor for Contribution to Journalism, University of Missouri

  • 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Miami Herald coverage of Elian Gonzalez story
  • 
1987 First Prize Spot News World Press Photo Foundation for Haiti

  • 1988 The Leica Medal of Excellence, 1988
1988 Olivier Rebbot Award from the Overseas Press Club
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1988 Recipient Alicia Patterson Foundation Grant

  • 1987 Recipient Ernst Haas Photography Grant

 


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