SNAPSHOP! 2010 Workshops

SNAPSHOP! 2010 Workshops

SNAPSHOP! 2010 was a one-day event that connected high school students interested in photography with established photographers who taught them the technical and aesthetic skills they needed to create compelling photographic images.

Our outreach included students who have limited or no access to photography programs and workshops.  This included students attending high schools in South Los Angeles, Watts, Mid-city, The Crenshaw District and the greater Los Angeles area.

The high schools and organizations who participated in SNAPSHOP! 2010 included: Fairfax High School, HS for the Visual and Performing Arts, Dorsey Senior High School, King Drew Medical Magnet High School, Los Angeles High School, and the Youth Policy Institute.

SNAPSHOP! 2010 was hosted by Santa Monica College’s Photography Department on Saturday April 17, 2010.

The day began with the meetings and greetings. After greetings, the youth choose two photography workshops to attend for the day. After registration, there was a two-hour presentation by the instructors.

During the presentation, the instructors showcased their work and shared personal stories. Following the presentation, there was small lunch break. The food was provided by Lares Restaurant, who happily agreed to be a partner for the event.

After lunch, the students began the workshops.

The event concluded with a raffle sponsored by Lomography, who donated five mini-Diana cameras to SNAPSHOP!. The youth were given gift bags and took a group photo.

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The Toy Camera


Leave it to Fate. Students learned the beauty and the drama of shooting with the humble toy camera. The Holga and the Diana were discussed in depth in this course.


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.


David Healey


Students captured their community, friends and family. Students asked themselves, “Is this news?” Students learned the art of writing a captivating caption.


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.


Fine Art
Frank Jackson 2010


This course discussed how to create powerful images of objects, humans and locations. Frank Jackson demonstrated his creative process for short term (single image) and long-term (multi image) projects.


As a teenager Frank Jackson trained himself in the fundamentals of photography, developing a subtle, simple and unique technique that would mature into a distinctive style.

At the age of 18 he left to go to Oakwood University, the same college in Alabama that his parents had attended. Despite pressure to pursue a traditional profession, Jackson left after only one year to follow his dream of becoming a photographer.

Rather than expressing political beliefs through his work, Jackson advocates social change on a personal level.

“Sometimes I happen to pictures and sometimes pictures happen to me,” says Frank Jackson. “We sort of flow between each other like people who dance together for a long time.”

Jackson is currently a member of the Freestyle Advisory Board of Photographic Professionals and is based in Los Angeles, CA.


Fashion Portraiture


The goal of this course was to loosen up and transform a concept into a powerful image. Students learned how to visualize these concepts in digital photography. Students explored to discover their personal style. Students created thought provoking portraits with live models on location.


Natalie Franco is a Los Angeles based photographer. She is a graduate from the Academy of Art University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Ryman Arts Alumni. Born and raised in the city of Alhambra, Natalie started photographing at the age of twelve. Natalie’s earlier work documented people struggling with AIDS and drug addiction in the San Francisco Tenderloin.

Keeping to traditional black and white film for many years, her intimate portraits of humans were captured around various parts of the world including Turkey, Belize, Guatemala and Morocco. Natalie’s primary focus at her University was Photojournalism/ Documentary. However, during her remaining years she expanded reinventing and refined her photographic vision. She dared to cross over carrying a new aim that fuses a hybrid of fictional elements and fantasy. The new stylized imagery evolved into a whimsical color field of unexpected human behavior. Natalie’s signature look has emerged into this primordial genre behind these cinematic moments.


Night Light - The Art of Night Photography
Tom Paiva 2010


Students learned the art of low-light photography, shooting at night using existing light, speedy film and creating the right set-up to get the images you crave.


Tom Paiva is a professional, freelance photographer based in California where he has had his business for over 15 years. He specializes in large format photography of industrial and maritime settings, as well as architecture and interiors.

Tom has over 70 cover images for various Trade Magazines to his credit.

He has published a book, Industrial Night, containing 46 color images of industrial settings at night.

His long term passion is night photography and he loves to create images of urban settings and moonlit landscapes on film. He was a cofounder of The Nocturnes, a group of night photographers who had a landmark exhibit in San Francisco in 1991.

He has co-lead photo workshops on night photography and view camera use over the past 10 years and has had several articles on these subjects in photographic magazines.


Feedback from a parent:

“I really appreciate the exposure Haquika is getting through your wonderful workshops. Haquika has an amazing talent and passion for photography, she recently won a Gold Medal at the Scholastic Arts and Writing Competition. She has little formal training so these workshops have been invaluable. After leaving the toy camera workshop she told me, “I learned more in that hour than I have this whole year in my photography class.” Thank you so much for these opportunities, please keep us informed of any upcoming workshops, events or intern opportunities.” – Kika Keith, Parent of Haquika Howze