The LA River Photo Adventure with Peter Bennett (Hybrid Learning  – Two Sessions) – March 18
Photo by Peter Bennett

The LA River Photo Adventure with Peter Bennett (Hybrid Learning – Two Sessions) – March 18

  • March 18, 2023
    9:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • March 21, 2023
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Hybrid Learning (In-Person and Online)

This workshop is held as part of Life Cycles, a project that considers our relationship with nature in urban environments. Each participant will select one image to be shown/displayed during the exhibition, scheduled to open Saturday, April 1, 4-7 pm PST at Inner-City Arts in downtown Los Angeles.

One of the most exciting places to be these days in Los Angeles is the LA River. The river has long been an iconic landscape in the City of Los Angeles, internationally known as a backdrop for movies like Terminator 2 and Grease. It is also where the city’s origins began as the first settlers made their home along its banks. For many years, the river itself was the primary source of water for the growing city. Today, the LA River is experiencing a rebirth and rejuvenation, a transformative time in its history as it so slowly but surely returns to its natural state.

Join photographer Peter Bennett as he takes you along an incredible, picturesque river adventure. Attendees will meet in the Glendale Narrows region, one of the few places on the river that has an unpaved riverbed making it a wildlife refuge for all types of birds and animals in the mist of a concrete jungle.

Since 2008, Peter has been documenting the river’s 51-mile journey to the sea, photographing beautiful landscapes, majestic historic bridges, captivating still-lives and exciting glimpses of the rivers wildlife and many recreational activities.

Participants will meet and photograph in the Glendale Narrows for four hours on Saturday. The subsequent Tuesday session will meet online via zoom, providing students the opportunity to critique and review work taken during the Saturday’s shoot.

This course is strictly limited to 12 students.

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.

A link for the Zoom class meeting will be emailed to the attendees. Please read the instructions included in the email. If you have additional questions please email

Two Sessions
Date: Saturday, March 18, 9 am – 1 pm PST (In-Person) + Tuesday, March 21, 6-8 pm PST (Online)
Enrollment limit: 12 students
Skill/Experience Level: Open to all levels. Students should bring their own cameras (all types are welcome, including smart phone devices)
Tuition: $195




This course will meet in-person (directly on location) and online via Zoom. We encourage you to install and test the software on your device prior to the class.

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