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September 20-22, 2024 - Join fine art photographer and educator Quinton Gordon in San Francisco for an unexpected, revealing and inspirational, exploration of personal vision in your work that sets aside our conventional expectations around image making.
In-Person, San Francisco
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Join fine art photographer and educator Quinton Gordon for an unexpected, revealing and inspirational, exploration of personal vision in your work that sets aside our conventional expectations around image making. 

All creative people must go through periods of exploration and questioning as part of their creative, visual evolution, but at a certain point, this can become confusing and disruptive to producing work that feels authentic to them. Learning how to harness the power of creative exploration while developing deeper visual sensibilities that will fuel long term growth and value in your work is the key to finding the deep connective tissue in your images over time. Like a muscle, creativity must be exercised and worked, but this regime needs to include variety and consistency in order to develop agile strength and endurance. Through this workshop we will explore the tension between limitations and possibilities to learn when to apply limitations to our work and how to benefit from the exploration of new ideas and interests. It’s the tightrope that all artists and creatives must learn to walk.

This weekend master class hosted by Leica San Francisco, is designed to help photogrpahers learn to work on specific assignments and expereince group and individual critiques of their work. Beginning with a open group critque Friday evening to set the pace. Saturday will be spent exploring San Francisco on personal assignments before returning to the store Sunday to edit and review. 


  • Exploring Visual Literacy
  • Looking in the Mirror / Revisiting Yourself and Your Personal Vision
  • Image Structure and Composition Beyond the Frame
  • Building a Long Term Arc to Your Work
  • Image Editing
  • Image Sequencing


Lead by Fine Art Photographer and Educator Quinton Gordon this program will help you nurture and discover a richer voice in your photography. The program will include a personal review of your work, presentations, and group discussions and assignments. Inspiration will be found through these assignments and a re-looking at both the urban and natural environment that we are working in.

AGENDA: September 20-22, 2024

Friday, September 20 - Meet & Greet + Critique

3:00pm-6:00pm: Meet at Leica Store SF for course introduction and first group critque.

Saturday, September 21 - Individual assignments

10:30am-4:00pm: Personal Assignments in San Francisco

 Sunday, September 22 - Final Critique & Review

10:30am-4:00pm: Students return to Leica Store SF to make final edits and present work from Saturday.

Advanced Enthusiasts, Professionals, Photographers looking to improve their portfolio.

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.


Host: Leica Store San Francisco
Address: 463 Bush St, San Francisco, CA 94108
Fee: $999.99
Class Size: 10 Max.
Experience Level: Advanced


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Quinton Gordon (b. 1967) is a Canadian artist and photographer whose work deals with our relationship to culture, landscape, and notions of identity and belonging. His work has been published widely and his photographs reside in both private and public collections internationally. He has been an instructor with the Leica Akademie USA since 2011.


In 2012 he published his first artist book, Mile Zero: A Place Uncertain, followed by DUSK, a portfolio of images made on the edge of light as day becomes night using orthochromatic paper negatives and a large format camera. Currently, he is working to release two new books, EDGE: The Salish Sea, and Nowhere Is A Place, both due to publish later this year with Turn Signal Books.


Outside of his professional practice, Quinton is an active public speaker, workshop instructor, and mentor. He also holds a position as the Manager of Strategic Engagement with the Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria, producing photo-documentary and film projects that serve to expand the dialogue around multiculturalism, diversity, and inclusion in the context of evolving Canadian identity.

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