Leica Bespoke: with Joseph Michael Lopez
Create your personalized Akademie session
Leica Akademie USA and Joseph Michael Lopez are now offering one on one, bespoke Zoom sessions for 2 hours based on your individual needs and interests. Sessions are available to be scheduled as 2-hour intensives, or alternatively two 1-hour sessions.
Topics will be customized for you and may include but are not limited to your creative growth as a photographer; shooting documentary, fine art or commercial work, personal projects, portfolio reviews technical questions; workflow, archiving and more.
In a private session, Joseph will listen to your questions and concerns and share insights and solutions from his decades of experience to support your photographic growth in a wide range of areas, including:
Some suggested topics are listed below, but feel free to bring up any line of inquiry and discussion.
- Advice on an existing body of work or portfolio.
- Facing yourself in the mirror, and asking, who are you, and what do you want to say.
- Light is the great punctuation of an image: taking advantage of the light available to us.
- Editing, sequencing and developing a cohesive body of work.
- Next steps to move your overall practice and career forward.
What might be accomplished during my 2 hour bespoke session?
Example 1 – Fundamental Practice
- Technical support for Leica M & Q camera systems.
- How to work in public spaces photographing people you don’t know.
- Guidance on carrying out a project and navigating its execution, giving yourself the green light.
Example 2 – Exploring Meaning and Visual Representation:
- Discovering the importance of intention in your own work.
- Strategies for advancing your photography to new levels.
- Guidance on Ethical, Theoretical, Aesthetic issues
Example 3 – Strategies for Editing and Sequencing
- Poetry vs. Storytelling
- Portfolio vs. Book Development
- Long-form Project Management
The above topics are given as broad jumping off points are by no means a dictate. Joseph is interested in hearing about your personal interests and looks forward to putting together a tailored program with you.
What happens after I register?
- Schedule your bespoke session today.
- Joseph will contact you to confirm your session and meeting time.
- The briefing phone call or email will take place to establish what will be covered during your session.
- Your bespoke session will take place.
- Joseph will send a follow up email from the session with any links or notes that may have come up during the session.
Joseph Michael Lopez (b. 1973) is a photographer 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, completed in 2011. Currently, Joseph divides his time between long-form projects, teaching, and commercial work. His photographs have appeared on the covers of M, The Magazine for Leica M Photography, Leica Fotografie International, The Sunday Review of The New York Times, New York magazine and The New Yorker, among others.
Joseph’s photographs were recently on exhibit in 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, New York at Its Core: Future City Lab, was 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 the books Bystander: A History of Street Photography, by Colin Westerbeck and Joel Meyerowitz, and 100 Great Street Photographs, by David Gibson.
“Joseph Michael Lopez is an adept, open-minded, and thoughtful instructor. He provided me with constructive and professional advice and criticism of work and techniques and challenged me to take my photographic endeavors to the next level.”
– Philip Khoury
“I was in a Leica Akademie Workshop with Joseph Michael Lopez as one of the instructors. Although I am a veteran of many street photography workshops, I gained a lot from the experience. JML is a passionate teacher who goes all out to contribute to the growth of participants. His emotional connection to the work and to the students fosters interest and involvement and may actually result in better photographs. I have registered to take the same workshop for a second time.”
— Paul Kessel