Dec 6th-8th, 2019
Leica Store Los Angeles, CA
8783 Beverly Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90048
Join the Leica Akademie USA for a very special Masterclass weekend in Los Angeles, CA with two women we are proud to have; internationally published and award-winning photographer, Lynn Johnson. Also teaching will be former Director of Talent & Content & Exhibitions for the Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles, Patricia Lanza.
Whether an amateur, professional or enthusiast, we share one important quality of photography; we are alone as we peer through the viewfinder. We frame and choose the instant alone, elevating a moment as the “best”, then offer it to a client, friend or loved one and hope for a glimmer of understanding.
This workshop provides the rare opportunity for a small group of students to come together with internationally recognized, award-winning and National Geographic contributing photographer, Lynn Johnson to explore the creative process of photography. Also teaching the class will be former staff photo editor & photographer of NatGeo, Patricia Lanza.
Emphasis will be placed on the concept of “working with intention” with a focus on critical skills of photographic image making, sensitivity to light, design of the frame, and the power of the emotional moment. Most importantly, we will discuss how to get “unstuck” creatively so you can advance your personal style and build visually driven projects.
Using Lynn and Pat’s path in photography as a point of inspiration, and Patricia’s path in editing & curating, the class will discover the keys to creating successful visual stories as well as insight into the process used by National Geographic to evaluate, edit and develop projects.
Combing lecture, hands-on creative assignments and group critique, the mission of this class is to build a community of photographers who are curious, collaborative and passionate. This 3-day workshop is designed to serve anyone who considers photography part of their life.
• Exercises to help develop your creative eye
• Breakdown the elements of storytelling
• Finding inspiration in your own backyard
• Discovering lyrical moments in our everyday
• Advancing a passion project
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
Designed with intermediate to advanced photographers in mind, this weekend will focus on shooting techniques, connecting with strangers and approaches to being both engaged and observational from behind the lens. This class will not cover basics such as operation and settings of the camera.
Owning a Leica is not required. A selection of cameras will be available for loan throughout the weekend.
Enrollment is limited to 12 participants.
This workshop is timed to coincide with Lynn Johnson & Pat Lanza’s exhibition at the Leica Gallery in LA. Students enrolled in the workshop are invited to the show opening on Thursday, December 5th from 6:00pm – 9:00pm before the workshop weekend begins.
$699 (Early bird $599 if you register before Dec 1st.) This Masterclass includes a catered lunch on Sunday.
FRI: (4pm-8pm) Lecture, Student Introductions, Assignments
SAT: (10am – 5pm) Working in the field. (Shoot location will be in the greater Downtown LA Area)
SUN: (10am – 4pm) Day of Editing, Lunch, Final Review and closing lecture.
Lynn Johnson photographs the human condition. A regular contributor to National Geographic, Johnson is known for finding beauty and meaning in elusive, difficult subjects—threatened languages, zoonotic disease, rape in the military ranks, the power of cannabis. She collaborates with the people she portrays to honor their visions as well as her own. At National Geographic Photo Camps, she helps at-risk youth around the world find their creative voices. At Syracuse University’s Newhouse School, she is developing a mentoring program that challenges master’s students to push past their comfort levels in pursuit of their own truth, frame-by-frame.
Johnson’s client list includes: National Geographic Magazine, National Geographic Photo Camps, Ripple Effect Images, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Geo Magazine, Sports Illustrated, LIFE Magazine, and more.
Awards & Recognition:
- National Geographic Explorer Fellowship
- Finalist for Pulitzer for Explanatory Reporting to National Geographic Magazine’s Gender Revolution issue, 2017
- Gold Medal, Video/Photography, Gender Revolution, Society for Publication Designers
- National Geographic Photographers Photographer Award, Recognition for one who has most advanced the possibilities of our medium
- The Open Society Institute Documentary Photography Grant for Hate Kills
- The Heinz Foundation grants for environmental photography projects
- Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for Coverage of the Disadvantaged
- Pictures of the Year International, University of Missouri School of Journalism
- National Geographic Explorer Fellowship
- World Press Awards
Lynn Johnson image by Annie O’Neill
American photographer and photo curator Patricia Lanza has traveled to over 53 countries on assignment to document some of the most compelling people, nature, cultures and stories of our time. Lanza began her career at the National Geographic Society in Washington, D.C. learning about narrative and storytelling through imagery.
Starting as a staff photo editor working with Nat-Geo’s vast archive, her position evolved to full-time contract photographer—an exciting, dynamic direction she followed for eight years. Patricia has been on assignments around the globe for countless editorial and commercial newspapers, magazines and clients.
As the Director of Talent and Content and Exhibitions for the Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles from 2009 to 2017, Lanza curated and developed twenty-two exhibitions from concept to installation. With extensive experience in all aspects of mounting exhibitions, managing collections, hiring staff, developing programming, participating in film festivals, Lanza has worked with major museums and photo venues around the world to package, market and travel exhibitions.
Under Lanza’s direction, The Annenberg Space for Photography collaborated with and presented the world’s greatest photographers and filmmakers, and garnered many industry and media awards. In 2011, the multi-media exhibition, Beauty CULTure won exhibition of the year in a field which included and competed against major international museum photography shows. The accompanying film directed by Lauren Greenfield was nominated for an Academy award. In 2016, working with the United Nations, the exhibition, Refugee, was nominated for exhibition of the year. Lanza co-curated the exhibition and co-authored the accompanying book/publication with Elisabeth Biondi, former photo director of New Yorker magazine.