Over the course of four workshops during May 2014, students from underserved areas of Los Angeles were instructed on a variety of different types of photographic styles and genres. During the four Saturdays of the photography workshops, students were paired with established photographers who imparted practical, technical, and aesthetic knowledge of crafting a photographic image.
In 2014, we were thrilled to announce our partnership with Educare, a Los Angeles based youth development after school program of Los Angeles Unified School District. In the spirit of this collaboration, the 2014 installation of SNAPSHOP! was brought to the students of and hosted by West Adams Preparatory High School.
A special thank you to our product and catering partners: Starbucks, Einstein Bros Bagels, Chipotle, Baja Fresh, Cheesecake Factory, and others!
Developing the Artist's Voice
Students used photography and mixed media to develop their individual and authentic voice. Each student created imagery through three different modes of photography: still life, portraiture and landscape. Through self-reflection, exposure and experimentation; students began to develop their own unique vision. In each class instructors introduced various artists, taught photographic techniques and critiqued student artwork.
Throughout history, architecture has been greatly admired in the photography world, mirroring a cultural significance in our society. This course explored architectural photography on a deep level using controlled perspective with an emphasis on vertical lines, symmetry, exteriors, and interiors. Students learned to capture historical and modern buildings utilizing the backdrop of Los Angeles. This class focused on attaining an acute eye through shooting aesthetically pleasing representations of buildings and structures.
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.
My class focused on the elements of street photography. Students not only learned to capture the candid expressions of people and animals, but also learned how to artistically interpret the lines of a building, the shadow of a fence on the sidewalk, the texture of a blooming flower and capture movement—whether it be with a fast or slow shutter speed. With urban L.A. as a backdrop we captured these images as we explored some of the more diverse and colorful neighborhoods. We went to street festivals, outdoor concerts, schoolyards and local landmarks. The goal was not only to teach students the mechanics of photography, but also to train them to be great visual storytellers.