City Stories: Chicago - A Leica Akademie Workshop with Joseph Michael Lopez

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Join the Leica Akademie in Chicago for a four-day workshop focused on creating visual stories with documentary photographers, Joseph Michael Lopez.
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OVERVIEW

Join the Leica Akademie and Tamarkin Camera in Chicago for a four-day workshop focused on creating visual stories with documentary photographers, Joseph Michael Lopez.

This hands-on experiential workshop invites participants to build a photographic series or picture story inspired by the sights, sounds, and people of Chicago.

Participants will explore the process by discovering the essence of a place, person, or event through photographic documentation. Special attention will be made, to help you move beyond the cliche image and instead, find your own individual approach to your subject. Ultimately, our goal is to help you build a collection of images, that once edited and sequenced, present an effective visual series or story.

TOPICS:

  • Finding, researching, and developing a visual story
  • Context, Editing, and Storytelling structure
  • Picture Story vs. Photo Essay
  • Composing the connection between people and their environment
  • Finding a personal connection to people and places
  • Editing techniques for the traveling photographer

The combination of instruction from these accomplished photographers provides a rare immersive experience and creative challenge. The program can positively impact your approach to making images and raise the level of your photography. This event will help you develop a heightened sensitivity to your surroundings and give you a new way of “seeing” potential for visual stories.

PROJECTS

Chicago can inspire any number of possible visual stories. What you document is up to you, but we ask that you consider topic options ahead of time. Making a commitment to work with an intentional focus is a central aspect of the program.

Themes could include:

  • Documentation of a social activity within a chosen neighborhood
  • A person, business or your unique take on street scenes, people, and everyday objects
  • Moments of city life
  • The continuation of an ongoing Chicago-based personal project

While, subject matter and approach will vary widely, the most important requirement is your focus on the subject and willingness to work with intention.

AGENDA

Schedule: September 22nd - 25th, 2022

Thursday - 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Friday – 10:00am – 4:00pm

Saturday – 10:00am – 4:00pm

Sunday – 10:00am – 4:00pm

Note:
The schedule will be a mix of group lectures and one-on-one reviews with the instructors. The weekend will conclude with a final viewing of projects on Sunday afternoon.

(A detailed itinerary will be provided in the weeks ahead of the workshop.)

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

This workshop is open to all experience levels; Any photographer with a serious interest in exploring different approaches to visual storytelling is encouraged to register. It is expected that participants are already comfortable with proper exposure and general camera use.

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

Being equipped with your own laptop or the ability to edit your photographs will be needed for daily edits.  Participants are expected to have good understanding their cameras as well as an understanding of basic image editing.

Owning a Leica is not required. We will have a selection of Leica cameras available for you to try throughout the weekend. This is a rain or shine workshop, so you will need to be prepared for the weather.

Ahead of the workshop, each participant will have the opportunity for a one-on-one portfolio review and consult with an instructor. 20 images maximum.

NOTES:

The schedule will be a mix of group lectures and one-on-one reviews with the instructors. The weekend will conclude with a final viewing of projects on Sunday afternoon.

Fee: $899.99

Student & Military Discount - Currently enrolled college students and active military personal qualify for a discount. Please contact us directly for more information. Akademie@leicacamerausa.com

LOCATION:

Tamarkin Camera
213 W. Institute Place
Chicago, IL

Instructors:

Joseph Michael Lopez

Joseph Michael Lopez was born in New York City to a Puerto Rican father and a mother who escaped the Cuban revolution in 1967. He began his career as an analog cinematographer on the critically acclaimed Bruce Weber film, Chop Suey (2001), and was an autodidact until 2009, when he approached Columbia University without an undergraduate degree and was accepted as a MFA candidate based on the merit of his documentary portfolio. He completed his MFA in 2011. Currently, Joseph divides his time between long-form projects, teaching, and commercial work. His photographs have appeared on the cover of M, The Magazine for Leica M Photography, The Sunday Review of The New York Times, New York magazine and The New Yorker, among others.

Joseph’s photographs were recently included in the exhibit Cuban Photography after 1980: Selections from the Museum’s Collection, at The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston. In 2016, a a commissioned series of his photographs of New York neighborhoods, titled New York at Its Core: Future City Lab, is permanently installed at The Museum of the City of New York. Images from Dear New Yorker, the series from which this commission originated, have also been published in Bystander: A History of Street Photography, by Colin Westerbeck and Joel Meyerowitz, and 100 Great Street Photographs, by David Gibson.

“Lopez sees and used light as a liberator. To liberate darkness from death to give light the mystery it commands as a force of nature and to illuminate his vast emotive and profound concerns about being alive and about seeing itself. He is one of the best...." Larry Fink

All images © Joseph M Lopez 

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