David Mollering

Streetwrx

WE ALL WALK the same streets. How you see those streets is what distinguishes you as a street photographer.

Consider timing and light – two key elements that intersect to produce the serendipity of what we consider a “magical moment” when captured by a master of street photography. An appreciation of each, and how they converge to reveal the deeper complexions of life in our public space, will be the focus of this workshop – and how participants can elevate their skills to increase the odds of capturing their own particular magic.

Led by award-winning street photographers James Friedman and Hal Robert Myers, Streetwrx will offer participants the tools, exercises and incisive feedback about their work that promises to expand their approach to street photography in a way that could be characterized as anything but pedestrian.

Together, we’ll explore the relationship between photographic purpose, commitment, personal biases and points of view, and lean into the value of expressive risk-taking. From voting rights to Black Lives Matter, the world is churning in political discord, offering street photographers an opportunity to investigate social issues from their own perspective. Importantly, that perspective works broadly – allowing street shooters to find their voice in playful, humorous moments or simply through the unique view of an available scene.

In addition, the group will consider essential components of street photography, such as developing an acute awareness of gesture and lyricism, as well as responding intuitively to visually chaotic, often theatrical vibrations of local streets and urban environments around the world.

© Hal Robert Myers

WE ALL WALK the same streets. How you see those streets is what distinguishes you as a street photographer.

Consider timing and light – two key elements that intersect to produce the serendipity of what we consider a “magical moment” when captured by a master of street photography. An appreciation of each, and how they converge to reveal the deeper complexions of life in our public space, will be the focus of this workshop – and how participants can elevate their skills to increase the odds of conjuring their own particular magic.

Led by award-winning street photographers James Friedman and Hal Robert Myers, Streetwrx will offer participants the tools, exercises and incisive feedback about their work that promises to expand their approach to street photography in a way that could be characterized as anything but pedestrian.

Together, we’ll explore the relationship between photographic purpose, commitment, personal biases and points of view, and lean into the value of expressive risk-taking. From voting rights to Black Lives Matter, the world is churning in political discord, offering street photographers an opportunity to investigate social issues from their own perspective. Importantly, that perspective works broadly – allowing street photographers to find their voice in playful, humorous moments or through the unique interpretation of an available scene.

In addition, the group will consider essential components of street photography, such as developing an acute awareness of gesture and lyricism, as well as responding intuitively to visually chaotic, often theatrical vibrations of local streets and urban environments around the world.

© Hal Robert Myers

LOOK TO FEEL.

Being attuned to the ephemeral narrative dramas that often reveal themselves on the street, becoming a world-class shopper of places, events and people, and experimenting with strategies that convey human emotion, makes street photography one of the most rewarding of all photographic practices – with the operative word being practice.
Friedman

AIM TO SEE.

What we take for granted as mundane can materialize into the dramatic when the camera is used as a means of astute observation and creative interpretation. With the world as the photographer’s palette, street photography is not only an art in itself, but an educational device for greater understanding of the world swirling around us.
Myers
Questions We’ll Ponder:
  • How would you describe your street photography?
  • Must photographs be made on a street to be characterized as street photography?
  • Could you photograph the streets with your camera – absent a flash card or film?

We look forward to learning your thoughts as the group embarks on a collective journey to discover the magic around different corners. To get started, a useful resource may be the book Bystander: A History of Street Photography by Colin Westerbeck and Joel Meyerowitz, 2nd Edition, Laurence King Publishing. 2017.

© James Friedman

HOW IT WRX

As a group, we’ll compare different masters of street photography, from the legendary work of Henri Cartier-Bresson to more contemporaneous figures like Vivian Maier, Bruce Gilden and Joel Meyerowitz. We’ll study what gives their work “curb appeal” – but most importantly, the approach each of them took when they took to the streets, culling from that certain techniques we can test into our own style of work. A variety of creative exercises will be assigned between classes; under guidance of the instructors, the workshop will adopt a certain Socratic method of learning to encourage a shared journey of discovery and enjoyable discussion.

BENEFITS

  • Opportunity for participants to gain a greater understanding of their street photography, while experimenting with new points of view or photographic techniques that could enhance their body of work
  • Greater awareness of image-makers who have made remarkable photographs that display authenticity, deep emotion and an undeniable point of view from the street
  • Insight from roads already taken with Jim and Hal, who converge in a shared passion for street photography as a form of creative expression.
  • Joining a committed and accomplished community of photographers whose feedback and support could benefit your creative growth, during the workshop and outside of class
  • An ability to speak more eloquently about your work and that of other participants by working toward a greater photographic fluency
  • The value of working within a safe and collaborative partnership with other participants to enhance each other’s personal work

REQUIREMENTS

Participants will be expected to be proficient in the technical knowledge of their camera and have a demonstrated ability to create successful analog or digital images over the course of time. A willingness to participate actively and in a non-judgmental manner will contribute directly to the enjoyment of the workshop for everyone. For photographers unfamiliar to the instructor, a review of selected images and brief discussion regarding the prospective student’s goals for the class is required.

NOTE: This workshop meets online via Zoom. We encourage participants to install and test the software on your device prior to the workshop.

For more information, email hal@fotowrx.com.

Streetwrx

September 12 – November 7, 2023
Every Tuesday (excl. Oct. 31)
7:00-9:00 p.m. EST
10 (max.) participants
$650

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JAMES FRIEDMAN is an acclaimed educator and one of the most talented and uncompromising photographic artists working today. His work has been exhibited internationally and appeared in numerous books and prestigious critical publications. He is an Aaron Siskind Foundation Individual Photographer’s Fellow and recipient of the Governor’s Award for the Arts in Ohio. He is deeply committed to the growth and development of his students and their craft.

Click here to learn more about Jim’s career accomplishments and view images from his award-winning bodies of work.