The Los Angeles Center of Photography (LACP) was established in October, 2013. The organization obtained 501(c)3 tax-exempt status in August, 2014. Before LACP, the entity was called “The Julia Dean Photo Workshops” (JDPW), which was created and founded in 1999 by Julia Dean.


Mission Statement

LACP elevates image-driven creative practices in all forms, to grow our thriving community of dedicated photographers, photo-enthusiasts and collectors through exhibitions, public programming and educational offerings, both in-person and online.

LACP is committed to address the social needs of Los Angeles through annual programs and initiatives, engaging and empowering individuals and communities through visual literacy, self-expression and creative pursuits.

Read about our work with communities across Los Angeles and our outreach program here.


Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Statement

At the Los Angeles Center of Photography, a diverse and inclusive workplace, creative programming and learning environment mean that members of our community, whatever their race, ethnicity, gender, national origin, sexual orientation or identity, age, education or disability feels valued and respected. To support and empower a thriving network of creative forces, students and photo-enthusiasts, LACP is committed to champion and integrate practices of cultural equity, diversity and inclusion into our operations and programming. We stand with other non-profits and art organizations for equity and justice, and in denouncing racism, intolerance and exclusion.

We believe that by engaging in conversations and embracing the complexities of EDI within our operations and programs we can make space for collective and individual positive outcomes to flourish. A commitment to cultural equity means LACP is also committed to give voice and visibility to those who have been historically underrepresented based on race/ethnicity, age, ability, sexual orientation, gender, socioeconomic status, geography, citizenship status, or religion. We do not need to agree on every issue, but we have to create spaces where conversations can take place, where we can disagree. We are committed to nurture accessible, dynamic venues for expression and to join forces with other organizations and stakeholders to create more opportunities for various communities and individuals.


Land Acknowledgment

Operating across Los Angeles County, LACP acknowledges the sovereignty and stewardship of Chumash and Tongva People, the original caretakers of the land on which we reside, create, learn and teach.


Outreach Programs

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