Make strong and intimate documentary photographs, landscapes, portraits, still-lives as well as traditional ‘moment’ images.

Dates:
Jan 21, 2020 - Jan 27, 2020

Levels: All
Workshop Fee: $1995
Class Size: 8

SOLD OUT!! Email [email protected] to be placed on a wait list.

“Seeing Oaxaca: A Photography Workshop” is a photography class, yet so much more. Students will be photographing in the village markets of Elta, Zaachila, Ocotlan and Tlacolula de Matamoros and the tradition of the Calendas in streets of Oaxaca, a city designated a UNESCO heritage site.

The tianguis are a social and economic activity dating back to the pre-Hispanic era. These open-air markets are made up of vendors from various regions who travel to different villages every day of the week to barter or sell their goods; fresh fruit, produce, animals or hand made goods, such as pottery, baskets and textiles. These days of commerce and community are a huge part of the Mexican culture.

We work with Mexican TA’s who help as translators for students and the villagers and market vendors. This course will demonstrate how to respectfully gain access to subjects in foreign cultures; how to photograph the daily moments of life in a new way; and how to make strong and intimate documentary photographs, landscapes, portraits, still-lives as well as traditional ‘moment’ images.

This class is designed for all levels of image-makers and iPhone’s and DSLR cameras are equally encouraged. Our goal will be to increase our visual and narrative capacities as we investigate Mexican daily life via the village market days and calendas, or processions celebrating weddings and quinceaneras in the city of Oaxaca, where we will be staying. The villages are located about 30 minutes outside of Oaxaca via public transportation, which is always part of the adventure.

There will be hands on, in the moment instruction, as well as daily group critiques. We will help you photograph the visual cacophony of daily life by making dynamic compositions that explode with light, shadow, and color and then help you to shape those images into a compelling body of work through selection and sequence.

Students are urged to build bridges with our southern neighbors, not walls. 

This course truly offers an unforgettable experience and portfolio of images.

 

Lodging: Stella has reserved a block of rooms at a location to be determined.

Contact her directly to reserve but payment will be made to the hotel.  [email protected]

Arrival: Plan to arrive in Oaxaca by Tuesday, January 21, 2020.  The workshop begins that evening with a group dinner and introductions. The first day of classes is Wednesday. 

Departure: The workshop ends Sunday, January 26, 2020 with a group dinner and presentation of all participants’ work. Departure is the following day, Monday January 27 or you can remain on to explore more of Oaxaca. 

Travel: Delta, United, American, Aeromexico all service Oaxaca Xoxocotlan International, Mexico (OAX). Jet Blue flies from Boston to Mexico City and Aeromexico goes from Mexico City to Oaxaca.

Collectivos/Taxis to the city central are readily available, safe and inexpensive.

 

Itinerary: (subject to change)

Tuesday 21 January 2020: Arrival:

7pm welcome dinner

Wednesday, 22 January, 2020:

7:00 breakfast at hotel

8:00 depart for Animal Market, Etla

Lunch will be at market

11-12PM return to Oaxaca

1-2pm download and edit

2-4pm Class

4-7PM: photograph in Oaxaca

7:30 PM dinner

Thursday, 23 January, 2020:

7:00 breakfast at hotel

8:00 depart for Zaachila

Lunch will be at market

11-12PM return to Oaxaca

1-2pm download and edit

2-4pm Class

4-7PM: photograph in Oaxaca

7:30 PM dinner

Friday, 24 January 2020:

7:00 breakfast at hotel

8:00 depart for Ocotlan

Lunch will be at market

11-12PM return to Oaxaca

1-2pm download and edit

2-4pm Class

4-7PM: photograph in Oaxaca

7:30 PM dinner

Saturday, 25 January, 2020:

9:00 AM-1:00PM

one on one meetings with Stella and Iaritza

4-7:pm photograph Calendas and night life of Oaxaca

7:30PM dinner

Sunday, 26 January, 2020

7:00 breakfast at hotel

8:00 depart for Tlacalula

Lunch will be at market

11-12PM return to Oaxaca

1-2pm download and edit

2-4pm Class

4-7PM: photograph in Oaxaca

7:30 PM dinner

Monday, 27 January, 2020   Departure

Header Image Credit: Olivia Welch

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Instructor: Stella Johnson

Stella Johnson is a photographer and educator known for her passionate and honest documentary projects. She received a Core Fulbright Scholar Grant to photograph in Mexico in 2003, and Fulbright Senior Specialist grants to teach in Mexico in 2006 and in Colombia in 2018. The University of Maine Press published her monograph, Al Sol: Photographs from Mexico, Cameroon and Nicaragua in 2008. Johnson’s photographs have been widely exhibited in the United States and internationally. A dedicated educator, Johnson holds teaching positions at Boston University and Lesley University College of Art and Design. She also teaches workshops in Greece, Cuba, and Mexico. She was a 2013 finalist for the Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellowship, Photolucida Critical Mass Top 50, and a nominee for the Boston Foundation’s Brother Thomas Fellowship. Johnson’s work has received numerous honors including a New England Foundation for the Arts Cultural Collaborative Artist-in-Residence Grant and Julia Margaret Cameron Award.

Instructor: Iaritza Menjivar

Iaritza Menjivar is a documentary photographer and Associate Director at the Griffin Museum of Photography in Winchester, MA. Her long-term project "First Generation" was published in the New York Times Lensblog. She has received a St. Botolph Foundation Emerging Artist Grant and has been awarded a full scholarship for a three-year Advanced Mentored Study Program for Visual Storytelling and Documentary Projects with Ed Kashi (VII Photo) and James Estrin (New York Times Lens). Iaritza has been a teaching assistant and co-Instructor in Oaxaca, Mexico for Lesley University and has exhibited in international and national group shows, including Crossing Borders at Boston Arts Academy in Boston, MA and the Emerge-Cubes at Photoville in New York City.

Dates:
Jan 21, 2020 - Jan 27, 2020

Levels: All
Workshop Fee: $1995
Class Size: 8

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