Topics covered include:
- The elusive nature of ideas
- Finding inspiration in Film Noir and pulp fiction
- Building a photographic narrative
- Editing and sequencing of a final project
- 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 that have used this genre to build bodies of work uniquely their own. 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.
Each photographer’s inter-operation of the concept of “Mystery” will result in a final collection and presentation on Sunday.
Wednesday– 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Thursday– 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm (Gallery Opening / hours TBA)
Friday – 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Saturday –3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Sunday – 10:00 am – 12:00 noon – Final Projects
Who should attend this program?
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
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.
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 and 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
- 1988 Recipient Alicia Patterson Foundation Grant
- 1987 Recipient Ernst Haas Photography Grant
Forward from Maggie:
If there was ever a city that wreaked of mystery, it is Los Angeles. It is the perfect noir setting for whatever mystery you might seek. Danger, beauty, big dreams, mystery all around us. Here we will explore both the outer and inner ideas of mystery during our five-day Secret Garden workshop. It is a mecca of mystery.
Several years ago I created a secret garden where I could grow new ideas and re-invent myself after decades of telling the stories of others. I made it secret so I could be wild to develop new ideas and new stories which turned out to be my stories. This was the beginning of the Secret Garden of Lily LaPalma, filled with photographs from my imagination, made in the shadows of a dark side of me and a sardonic subconscious that I began to re-explore. Without meaning to make them so, the photographs reveal my secrets, fears and most private memories. It is a place of mystery and that’s what I seek to plant in it.
In the Secret Garden all ideas are free from judgement. There is exciting danger but also beauty in a wild jungle growing unfettered. I credit Lily, my alter ego, with taking the pictures. What I might miss, Lily sees.