Over the course of four Saturdays in April 2011, 60 students from underserved areas of Los Angeles were exposed and instructed on a variety of different types of photographic styles/genres.
Each Saturday was hosted by a different venue from Santa Monica to West Hollywood and Central Los Angeles. Students selected one area of photographic style to learn throughout the month of April 2011, and in collaboration with the instructor, selected their image for a printed exhibition for the official closing night of The Month of Photography Los Angeles.
The instructors and guests speakers are listed below.
A special thank you to all of our host venues, Santa Monica College, Julia Dean PhotoWorkshops, Lomography and Broadway Art Space for donating their space to support this program.
To see photographs from the program, click here.
To see photographs from the closing night exhibiton, click here.
Students passionate about photography learned the basics components in digital photography and lighting. They integrated conceptual elements such as (mood, style, composition and the unexpected) using models and props. Students had access to a studio and one on location shoot.
Natalie Marie Franco
This course introduced the fundamentals of documentary style photography. Students learned creative approaches to photographing people through the art of visual storytelling. Developing skills in subject interaction, environmental portraiture and using the camera as an objective witness were all explored.
Nicole Franco is a San Francisco based freelance Documentary Photographer. She studied at the Santa Reparata International School of Art in Florence, Italy and is a graduate from the Academy of Art University, San Francisco. Through photography, Nicole explores social and political themes, revealed through personal narratives. Her work is accomplished both nationally and internationally through publications and competitions: The San Francisco Chronicle, SF Examiner, East Bay Express, JPG and File Magazine, Snapixel, People en Español Magazine, APA, Px3 Paris Photography Competition and The International Photography Awards.
In 2007, Nicole received her first of three grants, from the Avon Foundation, to continue working with San Francisco General Hospital’s CARE program which provides support to its dynamic cancer community.
Recently, she was awarded, The Distinguished Service Alumni Award by the Academy of Art University, invited to represent San Francisco in The Young Photographers Alliance pilot mentoring photography program and participated in the 2010 Eddie Adams Workshop. Current projects include documenting the lives of US veterans transitioning from homelessness into supportive housing in San Francisco, CA.
Students learned how to distinguish between a snapshot and a portrait. Students discovered what shooting techniques will help to capture the personality of the subject. Lighting and environment were also discussed.
Tiffany Naz Roohani, a native Southern Californian, is an artist and photographer currently based in Los Angeles. She obtained her degree from Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara. Her photography credits include Funny or Die, NBC, and From Here to There Collective, among others. Tiffany has also been a photography Mentor and Instructor for Venice Arts in Neighborhoods. She currently resides in Echo Park.
Simplicity is the key. Students gained insight into working with film, the original medium of photography. Students learned the fundamentals of capturing the moment without the hassle of high technology.
Amanda Shank. A photographer since the age of 6, my first camera was purchased with Kellogg’s cereal box tops and featured Cornelius, the Corn Flakes Rooster.
Inspired by the Magnum Photo Agency photographers, I decided to earn my B.F.A in photography, concentration in Photojournalism, from Shepherd University in Wild, Wonderful West Virginia.
I moved to LA two years ago and work for Lomography as well continue to freelance as a photographer and videographer. My fellow Lomographers and the creative energy of Los Angeles continue to inspire me on a daily basis.
In this class Astor Morgan shared his love of creating images using digital and analog photography. Astor explored the available environments to show students how images may be found and created anywhere and everywhere.
Astor Morgan, commercial and fine art photographer, philanthropist, and consultant.
Astor has been involved in the photo industry for 20 years. Astor’s appreciation of the visual arts was born while growing up between the two colorful cultures of southern Louisiana and Sicily, Italy.
Astor’s images have been published worldwide in magazines, on CD covers, movie posters, as well as featured on television. He has had the pleasure of working with an array of legendary artists, actors and musicians. Astor is heavily involved in the global photo community representing commercial photographers and artists as the Chairman of the Los Angeles Board of Directors for the Advertising Photographers of America. Through APA, Astor helps to educate and inspire photographers through workshops and seminars, and promoting ethics in the photographic community.
In this workshop students captured the true essence of animals. Dogs and cats have expressions just like humans and although they can’t really tell us how they are feeling we can see it all over their face and in their body language. Students took a few moments to get to know pets and then through the image captured a true representation of their personality. Students captured proper portraits of their favorite furry friend. This workshop explored portraiture at a whole new level as students used their photo skills and connection with the animal to tell their story.
Kori Stanton first learned the art of dark room photography at the age of 11 at a Summer Enrichment program offered at the University of Northern Colorado.
By the time she was 15 she was interning at a local photo studio in her hometown Grand Junction, CO. It was there that Kori fell in love with photographing people and telling their story. In 2006 Stanton packed up her life in Colorado and moved to LA to pursue her photography even deeper.For the last five years she has worked as a freelance photographer based in Los Angeles. Working with such clients as: Smashbox, Interscope, Hautelook, Latino Magazine, Pricegrabber & Gravity.
In May 2010 Stanton put out a casting for dog portraits. A fun, personal project, turned into a collection of great dog portraits that evolved into a coffee-table book. Her first book “Dog Portraits” by Kori Stanton was featured and sold at G2 Gallery on Abbot Kinney in Venice, CA. “I LOVE dogs! I love animals in general. Dogs have such amazing personalities and to be able to connect with them and capture their expression is pretty amazing.” – Stanton said after her first dog shoot.
Stanton has studied under Amy Arbus and last August (2010) was awarded a scholarship to attend an intensive workshop at Anderson Ranch taught by celebrity portrait photog Greg Gorman.
“My purpose as a photographer is to evoke and capture my subject’s true personality through the image. I was put here on earth to help keep the arts alive. I am so thrilled to teach and enable young people. I want to leave my mark as an inspiring artist.” – Kori Stanton
This class was an open discussion of the importance of recording your life’s experiences for personal use and publication. Most importantly there was a continuing discussion throughout the course about the statements each student wants to make to the world.
David Healey began taking pictures in 1968 during the War in Vietnam as an infantry soldier. His experiences there would shape the rest of his life as a man and as a photographer.
“I’ve always wanted to take pictures of people who no one wanted to take pictures of,” says Healey. “People kind of lost in time.” Healey’s work is largely documentary and revolves around his personal experiences.
Healey’s work has been featured in the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and Farmani Gallery. He has also worked for various agencies such as Magnum and Gamma Liaison Network.
His current project, Venice at Night, has been featured in Helen K. Garber’s GroupLA 2008 with award winning, Santa Monica based architectural/design firm, MINARC/GALLERY SKART.
Jasmine’s course focused analog photography. Students gained insight into working with film, the original medium of photography.
Jasmine Lord is a Los Angeles-based focus puller (1st AC) and photographer. When the boundlessly energetic Australian isn’t on film sets or operating cameras at live events like Fashion Week, she can be found with her Canon 5D Mark II shooting portraiture and product photography. But for the more tangible artistry she enjoys shooting with Lomography cameras like the Diana F+. Jasmine has previously worked at the Lomography Gallery Store in West Hollywood, teaching classes on the Diana F+ and LC-A+. Her workshops are designed to inspire the continued use of film. Jasmine has also previously taught video and drama to youth in both Australia and New York. Her approach has an infectious enthusiasm that will get you hooked on shooting on film.