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On Assignment – Seville, Spain – May 15 – 25, 2021
This Spring, join the Leica Akademie for a eight day, seven night “On Assignment” workshop in Seville, Spain with Photojournalist Jon Kral and Documentary Photographer Lauren Welles.
The gorgeous Spanish city of Seville will be our base and point of inspiration as we explore both the historic and modern aspects of everyday life on the winding streets of this pastel-colored city.
Timed to coincide with the most famous pilgrimage in Southern Spain, “El Rocio.” Over a million people from all over Spain travel by foot, horseback and covered wagons, to the small village of Rocio to pay their respects to the the Virgin of Rocio.
A group of pilgrims will be starting their journey from Seville, which we will cover at the beginning of the workshop. We will catch up with the pilgrims one evening during their journey as they celebrate with food, song and dance, and we will take a day trip to El Rocio (35 miles from Seville) on the final day of the pilgrimage.
- Go beyond the familiar to create unique and compelling images
- Find authentic moments
- Move passed your comfort zone
- Find the visual thread in your work
- Approach developing a visual story
- Develop your editing and sequencing skills
- Figure out the next step for your photography or photo project, post workshop
We have partnered with Cobertura Photo , a beautiful photography space (with a great photo library to boot!), located in the heart of Seville to help plan this one-of-a-kind experience. Cobertura’s Director, Alberto Rojas, will join our group to guide participants on all things “Sevillano.”
Jon and Lauren will meet with students individually, to learn about and help them discover/hone their unique visual voices, encouraging them to go beyond their comfort zones. We will also work in a group setting, where students will learn from each other. We’ll cover technique, composition, light, how to get comfortable photographing strangers, editing, sequencing, and storytelling.
Our focus will be on creating a visual narrative and learning how to find a themes in your work instead of taking single “stand alone” photos. Students will craft a visual story (or, in some cases, multiple stories).
Have you ever wondered what the life of a working photojournalist or documentary photographer is like? If you had a week in a new city or country could you create a visual story worthy of being published, and turned in on deadline?
Leica’s On Assignment: programs apply a photo journalistic lens to our popular Leica Destination series of workshops. Participants work in small groups of two to three and immerse themselves in a documentary approach to storytelling, producing a cohesive body of work. The objective of the “On Assignment” series is for each participant to produce a tangible body of work that stands as a compelling project or narrative on its own merit, rather than a collection of random snap-shots or tourist images.
With a low student to instructor ratio, our group size is limited to ensure one-on-one time with the instructors. Each participant group will also have a dedicated bi-lingual assistant to ease interactions with subjects and situations.
What you should know
All levels of are photography experience welcome. You do not need to be a Leica owner to attend. Owning a Leica is never required to join a Leica Akademie program. Participants will have the option of requesting Leica cameras and lenses to borrow prior to the trip at no additional cost. (Products are subject to the availability.)
5,499.95 ($1,000 – nonrefundable deposit needed to secure a spot. Final payment due by April 15th, 2020.)
- Seven-night, single occupancy accommodations.
- Airport pickups and transfers
- Group welcome and closing dinners.
- Transportation while in Spain in private cars or cabs.
- Daily, on-site mentor-ship and progress reviews.
- Instructor lead location shoots and assignments, with bi-lingual assistants.
- Round-trip airfare to Seville, local transportation apart from group excursions.
- Insurance for your personal photography equipment.
- Personal expenses – gifts, souvenirs, or activities not included in the program itinerary.
Special Notes: Enrollment is limited to 10 participants.
Jon Kral has worked as a professional photographer for more than 49 years. He has worked as a photojournalist for most of his life, chronicling events in the United States and many other countries, earning him a Pulitzer Finalist rating. During his 18 years with the Miami Herald, Kral earned a reputation as an outstanding news photographer who could be sent to any assignment, and return with excellent images on time.
Many of his images from Hurricane Andrew were included in the newspaper’s entry that earned the 1993 Pulitzer Gold Medal for public service. His work showing the harsh reality of Venezuelan prisons garnered numerous awards, including a finalist for the Pulitzer in news photography in 1995. A project on Miami’s teen gangs won a Robert F. Kennedy prize for photojournalism. He also covered the volatility in Middle East for the Miami Herald, making several trips to the region in the 1980s and 1990s. In the last several years, Kral has focused on book projects. His first, published in 1999, is a collection of photographs of the Florida cowboys. His other books are fresh looks at Florida’s thoroughbred horse racing, Mississippi steamboats and motorcycle road racing.
Kral has been published in most major publications in the United States and abroad including, Time Magazine, US News & World Report, National Geographic, Newsweek, Stern Magazine, The New York Times, LA Times, The Washington Post and others. Lately, Jon has focused much of his time on shooting street photography, and teaching photography workshops. Jon enjoys a little Bourbon and his pipe smoking. He lives with his wife, Beth, and dog, Charley, beside a trout stream in the mountains of western North Carolina.
Lauren Welles is a freelance photographer based in New York City. She is attracted to stories that display our commonalities as people; she believes that, as human beings, we are much more alike than we are different. One of her greatest joys is to make candid photographs of people, in which a single frame can tell a multitude stories. Her photography has received several awards and has been exhibited at venues around the world, including: “The Fence” at Photoville, the Museum of the City of New York, the Half King and Arsenal Gallery Central Park, in New York City; PhotoLeiden, The Netherlands; Gudberg Nerger Gallery, Hamburg, Germany; The Print Space, London; HistoryMiami Museum; and Rayko Photo Center, San Francisco.
Her work and interviews have been published in various publications, including the New York Times; La Repubblica; CBS News; The New Yorker; Slate Magazine; Adoir Noire Magazine; Clavoardiendo, Spain; the Phoblographer, Street Photography Magazine, the Candid Frame podcast, and various street photography books. She recently served as a curator for the group photography exhibition, “Greetings from Coney Island” at the Charles P. Sifton gallery in New York City. In addition to teaching photography in group settings, Lauren gives private classes, as well as mentors high school students participating in the NYC SALT program, an organization that teaches photography to students from predominantly under-served, immigrant communities. Lauren has also served as a portfolio reviewer and contest judge for various photography festivals and competitions. Before turning to photography, Lauren practiced law, including in Spain, where she once lived. She is very excited to return to the country she calls her “second home” to teach this workshop.
Alberto Rojas Maza (Sevilla, 1971). Freelance photographer since 1995. degree in history by the University of Seville, where he also began to learn about photography. His photographic training is completed with courses held in Spain and the US, where he participated in different workshops at the ICP in New York. His work has been exhibited in different Spanish galleries such as Juana de Aizpuru or ARTEXXI and is part of the Contemporary Art Scale Collection, as well as other private collections. In 2002 he founded Cobertura Photo, and since 2006 he combines his work as a photographer with the management of collective projects at an international level; he has co-organized EU Women. 2006 and True or False. In 2012, he coordinated The Other European Travelers, a project that is still ongoing.
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