SMALL PLEASURES – A Still Life Workshop


Maggie Steber


April 27th – May 8th , 2021

April 27th
Tuesday: 6:00p.m. – 9:00p.m.

April 29th
Thursday: 6:00p.m. – 9:00p.m.

May 4th
Tuesday 6:00p.m. – 9:00p.m

May 6th
Thursday: 6:00p.m – 9:00pp.m.

May 8th
Saturday: 12:00a.m. – 3:30p.m

Times listed are Eastern Time.



© Maggie Steber



Explore the narrative power of still life photography from home with renown documentary photographer Maggie Steber. Inspired by Steber’s recent experiences working with still life in the midst of the corona pandemic and her Guggenheim-winning project, “The Secret Garden of Lily LaPalma”, this workshop is about making photographs of small things that tell big stories.

Using the tradition of still life photography and painting as a starting point, this program will challenge each participant to go beyond the traditional, by pulling stories from their imagination. This is a program of creative and personal exploration. It’s an invitation to discover the impact that working without rules or limits can have on your progression as a photographer.


  • Art History & Still Life
  • Finding Inspiration
  • Project Development
  • Editing & Sequencing


After looking at a variety of still life photography by many artists, participants will be given specific assignments designed to help unlock the imagination. Through a mix of private and group editing sessions over course of two weeks, each participant will create a collection of images connected by a common theme.

The program is scheduled with a “night school” format including four weekday evening sessions over two weeks and one concluding review session on Saturday. May 8th, 2021.

This expanded schedule allows students more time to complete assignments and go deeper into the possibilities of still life.  

The workshop with include five sessions and a mix of group and one on one reviews with Maggie Steber, through the Zoom platform.

Note: A private portfolio review with Maggie Steber is included scheduled separately.


Advanced Enthusiasts, Professionals


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 photos.

Participants must be able to select and organize images using image editing software for class sessions.
Attendance is strictly limited to 10 students max, so be sure to sign up at your earliest opportunity.

Owning a Leica is never a requirement to attend one of our workshops. 

A limited number of Leica loaner cameras are available to students by request. Cameras are shipped to participants in the United States only.


We are offering one person a scholarship for the workshop. Interested? Please write to us at and send a link with up to 20 images or your website along with a short bio about yourself. Include a short essay on why you think taking part in this program will help your creative vision. Deadline: April 5th , 2021.

All Images ©Maggie Steber


Maggie Steber is a Miami-based documentary photographer who has worked in 69 countries revealing stories on culture, history, society, and people. Her numerous contributions to National Geographic have ranged from American Indians to stories on Dubai and Nepal, the history of the African slave trade and the sciences of memory, sleep and face transplants.

A recently named Guggenheim Foundation Fellow, Maggie received support for a new project entitled “The Garden of Lily LaPalma,” her alter ego in an alternate universe that describes her experiences in single-image stories, differing greatly from her documentary work.

Maggie has worked in Haiti for 30 years. Aperture published her monograph, Dancing on Fire. In 2013, National Geographic named her as one of 11 Women of Vision. Her work is widely exhibited worldwide and is in the American Women Collection at the Library of Congress.

Recent honors include Pulitzer Prize Finalist 2019; The Lucie Award 2019; Overseas Press Club’s President’s Award, 2019; the Photographer’s Photographer Award from Nat Geo Photographers, 2019; Leica Medal of Excellence, World Press Photo Foundation, Pictures of the Year, Medal of Honor for Distinguished Service to Journalism from the University of Missouri, the Alicia Patterson Grant, the Ernst Haas Grant and a grant from the Knight Foundation to design the New American Newspaper.

Instagram: @maggiesteber

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