Photography as an Instrument of Awareness : Eva Woolridge – Online – August 29th, 2020
Join photographer, activist and Leica Women Foto Project Awardee, Eva Woolridge for this online seminar designed to broaden your understanding of identity and how it affects our ability to capture other cultures and socio-political movements authentically. Discussion will focus on various approaches, techniques and concepts connected to photographic awareness and responsibility.
During a time where social and political movements are more accessible and important to document than ever before, how do we capture history without becoming a voyeur of a culture that is not our own? Why is it necessary to create impactful images born from our own experiences? This presentation will encourage us to reconsider the space we take up, our roles as photographers and how we influence the images we capture. Discover our social responsibility whether as a photojournalist capturing a movement, or a hobbyist photographing cultures abroad, and rethink how we can photograph righteously.
A true teacher of portraiture and photojournalism, Woolridge finds empathetic connectivity with the subjects she captures. She has found international recognition by using photography as the vessel to communicate her personal experiences regarding race, sexuality, and spirituality. Woolridge’s ability to incorporate the hard truth through vulnerable portraiture is inspiring, and her activism has led her to become a favorite in the public speaking world.
This online experience provides the ideal opportunity to hear the stories behind Wooridge’s images and learn first-hand her techniques. Over the three hour class, students will have a deeper understanding on how to develop their collection of work that implements the current political and social movements ethically. Woolridge will provide honesty and reflection to create authentically, while awakening your social consciousness.
Topics covered include:
- What does it mean to photograph with intention
- How to source identity as inspiration for our photographs
- Techniques on how to cover a protest
- Discussions on travel photography.
- Shooting techniques that evoke emotion.
- The power of storytelling in a series
- Using photography to give back to community
The day will combine a lecture presentation from Woolridge, Q&A from the audience the an opportunity for open discussion and review of submitted images.
Who Should take this workshop?
This program is open to all photographers who wish to improve their photography when documenting, traveling, and those with projects about different cultures and communities. For the photographers interested in better understanding their ethnographic responsibility and personal approach when photographing. For those who want to develop an emotional sincerity within their photographs and move away from cultural voyeurism.
Participants should have an understanding of the basics of photography and have a 2-3 images available on the day of the lecture.
One scholarship is available for this program. To apply please send a brief email to Akademie@Leicacamerausa.com
Include a link to your portfolio, (no more than 20 images) and a brief explanation of who you are and what you hope to gain from the workshop. Deadline to apply: August 10th, 2020.
Eva Woolridge (she/her) is a Black-American/Chinese-American photographer residing in Brooklyn, New York. Her photo series explore the sexual, spiritual, and emotional nature of femininity. In her work she transcends surface-level labels of people of color by conveying strength, perseverance, vulnerability and vitality using strong lighting and composition.
Her first photo essay was entitled Peeled Paint, produced in 2014, and it conveyed her understanding of the human ego and spirituality.
Upon graduating from University of Maryland, College Park, Woolridge completed her second social-consciousness narrative called Embrace Your Essence. Produced in 2015, the series focused on young women’ journeys toward self-love—defining what they find beautiful about themselves. Many of the narratives included illnesses, challenges to meet Western standards of beauty, and quirks that once negatively affected their self-esteem. This received international recognition and featured in Business Insider, Cosmopolitan Magazine, Huffington Post and more.
In 2019 Woolridge became a recipient of The Leica Women in Foto Award for her series, “The Size of a Grapefruit,” a visual narrative based on Eva’s traumatic medical event which highlights the emotional stages from before, during and after her ovarian cyst surgery. Her objective is to address the accounts of her surgery, microaggressions and medical negligence Black women experience during medical emergencies, and the outdated information available in women’s reproductive health.
In addition to reaching success in photography, Woolridge is an accomplished public speaker. In 2019 she shared her experience in activism for TedxMaplewood, and the historical research facility Schomburg Center in Harlem New York.