Photo Stories at the Waters Edge – Stella Johnson – Venice Beach, CA – March 10th-13th, 2022
This Spring, join photographer and educator Stella Johnson for this in-person workshop in Venice Beach, CA. Designed to help develop your ability to tell stories with photographs, this program will combine daily hands-on instruction in the field with group reviews.
Students will photograph at the Venice boardwalk or the Santa Monica pier, making connections and finding a subject or theme to photograph daily for the duration of the workshop.
It is challenging to make new compelling images in the same place with the same people, day after day. But it’s a critical skill that once learned will help you to make images that go beyond the typical travel or street photographs. This is an introductory class and will help students understand how to connect and collaborate with people and how to make images that dig deeper.
Reviews will occur each morning, via zoom, from our respective rooms. This will leave your afternoons and early evenings free to make photographs. We will photograph daily, until sunset and beyond, depending on the light.
Stella will show you how to approach people, and how to spend the week making meaningful, collaborative images with people on the beaches of Southern California.
- Making connections
- Deciding what you want to photograph
- Learning to wait for moments
- Seeing the ordinary in a different way
- Creating depth in the photograph
- Seeing and using light
Stella will help you photograph the visual cacophony of daily life around you wherever you are, by making dynamic compositions that explode with light, shadow, and color. Our goal will be to increase your visual and narrative capacities as we investigate life, along the California coast.
The workshop will start with a group meet and greet with Stella at the Leica Store in L.A. Followed by a group meet-up’ in Venice Beach.
Thursday – March 10th — 10:00a.m.-6:00p.m.
Friday – March 11th — 10:00a.m.-6:00p.m.
Saturday -March 12th — 10:00a.m.-6:00p.m.
Sunday – March 13th — 10:00a.m.- 6:00p.m.
Who should take this workshop?
This class is open to anyone interested in advancing their visual story-telling. Participants should have an understanding of the basics of photography and be comfortable with focusing and metering. Attendance is strictly limited to 10 students max, so be sure to sign up at your earliest opportunity. Owning a Leica camera is NOT required to take part.
All participants attending this workshop will be required to be fully vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination. This requirement applies to students, staff, and instructors.
Stella Johnson is a photographer and educator known for her passionate and honest documentary projects. She received a Core Fulbright Scholar Grant to photograph in Mexico in 2003, and Fulbright Specialist grants to teach in Mexico in 2006 and in Colombia in 2018.
The University of Maine Press published her first monograph, Al Sol: Photographs from Mexico, Cameroon, and Nicaragua in 2008. ZOI, her second monograph, was published in 2018 by Wild Greek Press.
A dedicated educator, Johnson holds teaching positions at Boston University and Lesley University College of Art and Design. She also teaches workshops in Greece, Cuba, Colombia, and Mexico. Johnson holds a BFA from The San Francisco Art Institute and an MS in Journalism from Boston University.
Johnson’s photographs have been widely exhibited in the United States and internationally. Her work is held in public collections including The DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, The Haggerty Museum of Art, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, The Portland Museum of Art, and The Southeast Museum of Photography, among others.
She was a 2018 and 2013 finalist for the Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellowship, Photolucida Critical Mass Top 50, twice, and a nominee for the Boston Foundation’s Brother Thomas Fellowship. Johnson’s work has received numerous honors including a New England Foundation for the Arts Cultural Collaborative Artist-in-Residence Grant and Julia Margaret Cameron Award.
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