may, 2019

29may(may 29)9:00 am31(may 31)12:00 pmWorkshop: Street Photography with Chris Suspect

Event Details

A 2 1/2-Day Workshop with Chris Suspect

Wednesday, May 29, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Thursday, May 30, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Friday, May 31, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Cost: $699 (Registration to Focus on the Story 2019 international photo festival also required)

Join Chris Suspect, chairman of the inaugural Focus on the Story 2018, for a 2½ -day street photography workshop in Washington, D.C., at this year’s festival.

Chris is an acclaimed street and documentary photographer who will take your street photography skills to the next level.

On Wednesday morning, Chris will review the basics of street photography – what street photography is and is not, and the history of street photography, including the work of the masters.

You will learn how one “reads” a street photography image and how to identify the elements of what makes a street photograph successful. Chris will discuss visual cues to keep in the back of your mind when shooting, from juxtapositions, tricks of perspective, humor, gestures, multiple points of interest, raw emotion, layering, obfuscation, geometry, light and shadow, and the subliminal power of semiotics.

We will take this newly learned knowledge to the streets for the rest of the day/evening and apply what was discussed in practice. Attendees can go out on their own or go with Chris who will provide practical tips for capturing interesting photos and will help to identify situations that may provide fruitful for a successful image.

On Thursday morning, students will be asked to come to the class with no more than 10 of their favorite images from the day before. These will then be shown to all the students in the workshop and be open for critique by the group and instructor.

In the afternoon/evening, we will hit the streets again learning from what went right or wrong the day before.

On Friday morning, we will meet up to review the previous day’s images and consider how one sequences the images from the past two days for slideshow at the official opening party. The workshop will officially end at noon.

All students who sign up for the workshop will receive in advance a recommended reading list of books that explore the history and philosophy of photography, photography techniques, and street photography photo books of importance. In addition, they will also receive some notes on gear, lenses and flashes that are advantageous to practicing street photography.

This workshop is for all levels but a basic understanding of how to operate your camera is expected. Laptop and thumb drive will be required for editing and the edit review sessions. Any camera is accepted.

About Chris: He is a street and documentary photographer from the Washington, DC area. His work has been recognized internationally and has been exhibited at various venues in the U.S, Germany, Belgium, Georgia and the United Kingdom. His documentary work on the underground music scene in Washington, D.C., was published as a book, Suspect Device, in 2014. Suspect’s work is held in the Leica Galerie Archives and the Washington, DC, Public Library Archives.

Image © Chris Suspect

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29 (Wednesday) 9:00 am - 31 (Friday) 12:00 pm