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Environmental Storytelling with Peter Bennett (Hybrid Learning – Six Sessions)

  • Monday (Online)
    July 15, 2024
    6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • TBD (Online)
    August 12, 2024
    6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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© Photo by Peter Bennett


Hybrid Learning (In-Person and Online)

There is no bigger story than that of our planet: the challenges and the changes it and we are experiencing. Yet within that greater story are smaller ones that tell interesting and often dramatic tales, like the effects climate change and weather are having on our waters, oceans and shorelines, the air we breathe and the food we eat. Stories of community heroes and organizations fighting for environmental justice in their cities and towns, and of innovators seeking solutions for a sustainable future.

This course is designed for those who would like their work to make a difference and to improve their visual storytelling skills in the process.  We will meet six times over a six-month period, both in-person as well as virtually, with a field work session where we will explore some of the techniques and tools together on location.

This will be a project driven course and will be a start to finish process of developing, photographing, and then bringing student’s stories to fruition as a published or presented piece.

Topics we will be covering
• Finding and getting access to stories and subjects
• Effective shooting and story-telling techniques
• How to approach a story and put aside expectations
• Helpful equipment and preparation
• Working with local organizations

“My camera has always allowed me to enter worlds and places I would never have found otherwise, allowing me to learn a little bit about a lot of things, and sometimes a lot about just a few things. But what I have discovered shooting a lot of these environmental stories is that quite often those interesting places and people are in my own backyard, and these stories are really microcosms of what is occurring in many other places and need to be told.” – Peter Bennett


Peter Bennett Born in Queens, New York, and growing up in Greenwich Village, Peter Bennett picked up his first camera and took his first darkroom class at the age of twelve. Peter has spent his career primarily as an editorial photographer, in recent years focusing his camera on a variety of environmental subjects and stories. He has been photographing the Los Angeles River since 2008 which can be seen in his latest book: The Los Angeles River – Photographs by Peter Bennett, published in late 2021. Peter has also been documenting local wetlands since 2018, as well as covering environmental justice stories in Los Angeles and the San Joaquin Valley. From 1998-2014 he owned and ran his own photo agency, Ambient Images, which specialized in travel images of New York and California. Peter’s work has appeared in hundreds of publications including the New York Times, Sierra Magazine, Time, Newsweek, National Geographic, Sunset Magazine, Los Angeles Magazine, and New York Magazine. He has worked with a number of organizations including the Sierra Club, Greenpeace and Friends of the LA River. His prints hang in the California State Capitol, California Science Center’s permanent Ecosystem exhibit, and many other museums, private institutions, and collector’s homes.


  • Six Sessions
  • Date: Mondays, March 11, May 20, June 17, July 15, and another session TBD 6-9 pm PST (Online) + Saturday, April 20, 10 am – 1 pm PST (In-person)
  • Enrollment limit: 15 students
  • Skill/Experience Level: Open to all levels
  • Tuition: $565  (Become a Member today and received up to 20% off!)
  • Location: Online & DTLA

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