Photo by Laura Letinsky
The Allure of Photography with Laura Letinsky (In-Person Learning – Three Sessions) – June 3
- June 3, 2022
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
- June 4, 2022
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
- June 5, 2022
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
In-Person Learning Class
Photography is more than just visual, it shifts how we understand the world and ourselves. Photography doesn’t show us the world as we see rather it is a way to describe, its mode now widely accepted as how we see. Yet, even our sight is not passive or neutral rather it is learned and conditioned, much like language. And, like the word, the photograph is used for a myriad of purposes including as to document, inform, illustrate, convince, seduce, and provoce.
What a photograph “means” is not necessarily what it shows. How we understand an image is also determined by its form, its materiality including process, and the contexts of viewing and of making. Various aspects of the photograph such as its mimeticism and its ubiquity make it seem true, its monocular lens that sets up a perspectival depiction that seems authoritative and absolute.
In this workshop, you will explore strategies to understand and experiment with the authority of the photograph, considering how elements of a photograph other than its subject determine its meaning, and then investigating possibilities for developing a meaning that embraces a complexity that goes beyond the mainstream. Working from three prompts, you will consider how to communicate nuanced ideas through images. Beginning with your choice of and use of camera to the print and its display, you will work to expand your understanding of the visual tools of photography in relation to subject matter, and how to communicate more fully. What do you know/think/see that if you didn’t picture it, it would not get seen? Over 350 million photos are uploaded daily to Facebook: when everyone is a photographer and everything’s been pictured, why more pictures? Is their allure a revelation or repetition?
Laura Letinsky (https://www.lauraletinsky.com/) has a BFA from the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada, and her MFA in Photography from Yale University’s School of Art, Letinsky has been a Professor at the University of Chicago since 1994. She shows with Yancey Richardson Gallery, NYC, and Document, Chicago, and exhibits internationally including PhotoEspana, Madrid, the Israeli International Photography Festival, Mumbai Photography Festival, Mumbai, India, MIT, Cambridge, MA,Basel Design, The Photographers Gallery, London, and , Denver Art Museum, CO.
NOTE: This is classified as a “Special Guest/Master Photographer” workshop. We advise you to read the “Special Guest/Master Photographer Refund Policy” HERE before enrolling.
COVID-19 Alert & Policy:
Please note this course will be held at the Los Angeles Center of Photography. We are asking that all students be vaccinated or have a negative Covid-19 PCR test within 48 hours. Participants will be required to wear masks at all times, in addition to practicing social distancing.
By registering for this class you recognize the risks of contracting COVID-19 and release and hold harmless the Los Angeles Center of Photography from all liability.
Traveling from out of town? Need a place to stay?
We strongly recommend The Culver Hotel, a boutique hotel conveniently located about two miles from the Los Angeles Center of Photography. Guests of LACP will receive 25% off the listed room rate (pending closures and black-out periods).
Dates: Friday, June 3, 7-9 pm PST + Saturday and Sunday, June 4-5, 10 am – 6 pm PST
(Please note exact meeting times may vary.)
Enrollment Limit: 15 students
Skill/Experience Level: Students should have a working knowledge of their camera and the ability to shoot in manual mode.
Venue: Thymele Arts Building
Venue Phone: 323-380-7406
Venue Website: https://www.thymelearts.comAddress:
Thymele Arts Building
The building is located on the northeast corner of Santa Monica Blvd and Western Ave. Please enter the building on Santa Monica Blvd. Once inside, please proceed to the 2nd floor via the stairs or elevator. On the second level, you will be greeted by an electronic billboard letting you know which room the class will be held in (The Shirley Dawn Room, The California Room, The Kansas Room OR The Common Room).
An underground parking structure can be found very close at:
1110 North Western Ave.
Hollywood, CA 90029
Please bring $5 cash to park in the parking lot. There is also street metered parking as well if you rather park on the street.