Photo by Anna Mia Davidson
Indio/Coachella with Anna Mia Davidson (Travel Workshop)
- April 20, 2023
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
- April 21, 2023
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
- April 22, 2023
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
- April 23, 2023
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
April 20-23, 2023
This travel workshop will focus on taking unique, interesting portraits of people in their natural environments using Indio, CA and Coachella Music Festival as our backdrops. After a Thursday afternoon meet-and-greet/orientation session, we will spend all day Friday, Saturday, and Sunday morning taking photographs. Dubbed the City of Festivals, Indio has become a favorite destination for foodies and music lovers, attracting more than 1 million people each year for its multiple mainstream events, including the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival and Stagecoach Country Music Festival. The location offers an enormous array of interesting locals and visitors to photograph. Although the workshop does not include access inside the Coachella festival, the parking lot – a bustling hive of festival stalwarts, enthusiasts, and tailgaters – provides an even more interesting place to photograph. We’ll also take to the streets of Indio, taking advantage of its numerous events and eclectic inhabitants. On Sunday, we finish our shooting adventure with a group review and critique of the work taken during the workshop.
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MEETING DATES AND TIMES
Thursday, April 20, 2-5 pm for group orientation
Friday, April 21, 9 am – 6 pm shooting exercises
Saturday, April 22, 9 am – 6 pm shooting exercises
Sunday, April 23, 9 am – 1 pm shooting exercises; 3-6 pm group critique and wrap-up
TUITION AND DEPOSIT
$945 tuition; $100 deposit (The balance is due six weeks prior to the start date. Please call 323-464-0909 to pay the balance.)
PAYMENT AND REFUND POLICY
A $100 deposit is required to reserve space in the workshop. The balance is due six weeks prior to the start date. Refund requests arriving six weeks or greater before the start date will result in loss of deposit. Refund requests arriving four to six weeks prior to the start date will result in a 50% loss of the workshop fee. No refunds will be provided for requests arriving less than four weeks prior to the start date. All refund requests must be submitted in writing via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHAT IS INCLUDED
All instruction and location guiding.
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED
Airfare, lodging, car rentals, camping gear (if camping), camera gear, and meals are not included, nor are any items of a personal nature. Participants will be required to transport themselves to and from our meeting location at the Best Western Date Tree Hotel in Indio.
NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS
Limited to 12 participants
WHO IS THIS WORKSHOP DESIGNED FOR?
This workshop is designed to accommodate all camera formats and all skill levels. Our goal is to introduce you to the beauty and diversity of Indio, CA and the Coachella Music Festival and to help you advance your photography through creative personal expression.
Participants must provide their own transportation and camera equipment. A suggested gear list and other workshops details are provided before the workshop begins. Participants should be in good physical condition and should be able to comfortably walk 4+ miles each day.
WEATHER AND CLOTHING
The weather in Indio in April is mildly cool with a gentle breeze, with average highs of 81°F (27°C) and lows of 51°F (11°C).
Layered clothing is recommended to more easily adapt to the varying temperature we may encounter. Good outdoor walking shoes are required, and please bring a range of outdoor-worthy clothing that will keep you comfortable. Be sure to bring a good hat with wide brim, shades, and lots of sunscreen!
Best Western Date Tree Hotel; 81909 Indio Blvd, Indio, CA 92201
You are responsible for all your own meals/snacks during the trip. Anticipate breakfast and lunch on-the-go and optional group dinners.
We take the risk of COVID-19 very seriously. In order to ensure everyone safety, we follow C.D.C. guidelines and require that a face mask be worn during all indoor workshop activities and anytime you are within six feet of another person. Practically speaking, this means that masks will be required during our indoor sessions on the first day and last day, and when in the field, we will advise you of appropriate safety measures given the nature of the place, the nature of the activity, and the prevailing conditions. If you wish to enjoy mask-free shooting or walking, we urge that you maintain a safe distance from fellow participants and any other location visitors. As we sometimes gather around in the field for various purposes, we ask that you have a mask with you during all field sessions and that you wear it when instructed. For your ultimate protection, we recommend that you carry your own hand-sanitizer and/or virus safety kit and keep it with you at all times.
INSTRUCTOR CONTACT AND INFO
Please contact Anna Mia Davidson by email: email@example.com
Anna Mia Davidson (annamiadavidson.com) is an award winning social documentary photographer based in Seattle, born in NYC. In her childhood home darkroom she learned to master the fine art of photography from her father, a Magnum Photography Collective photographer. Her early years were surrounded by the powerful photographic medium that she later adopted as her tool for social change. Photographer Gordon Parks’ Farm Service Administration images were an important influence, inspiring her commitment to social justice and environmental issues issues using her camera. She believes in the power of images to influence, inspire, and impact the way we see the world around us. Her work is informed by the issues of our times. Davidson seeks community based organizations and individuals within communities she photographs to become project allies, deepening the perspective within her work, helping change the narrative and increase representation for communities often left out of the artistic foreground.
Anna has two published books; Cuba Black And White (Steidl), and Human Nature: Sustainable Farming in the Pacific Northwest (Minor Matters). Her exhibitions include Mucem Museum, Marseille France, Leica Gallery, LA, Howard Greenberg Galllery, NYC and Public Arts installations in New York, Seattle, England and Thailand. Commissioned works from Aperture, USA Television Network and Fotodocument. She is the recipient of numerous awards including two IPA awards and British Journal of Photography Portrait of Humanity People’s Choice Award. Her work is part of the Zoelner Art Center and City of Seattle’s permanent collections. Davidson was selected as 2016 Arts Envoy under the Obama Administration. She was Artist in Residence at Photo Center Northwest, lectured at Annenberg Space For Photography, Seattle Town Hall, and Internationally. When not on assignment she can be found teaching photography workshops in Cuba and America as well as hiking and Stand Up Paddle-boarding with her kids and dog.