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Summer Camp for Teens: The Urban Landscape (ages 12-18) with Kurt Simonson (In-Person Learning – One Week)

  • Monday
    July 15, 2024
    10:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • Tuesday
    July 16, 2024
    10:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • Wednesday
    July 17, 2024
    10:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • Thursday
    July 18, 2024
    10:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • Friday
    July 19, 2024
    10:00 am - 1:00 pm

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In-Person Learning

Los Angeles is a massive, sprawling metropolis housing neighborhoods and communities of all shapes and sizes. There are remote woodsy enclaves, suburban tree-lined neighborhoods and concrete laden areas. In this class, students will take advantage of this melting pot of environments and turn their cameras on their neighborhoods in an effort to document their communities.

On Monday, students will meet to talk about what urban landscape means, go over general camera information and discuss various photo techniques. For part of the class, students will meet in predetermined locations to practice capturing the essence of Los Angeles’ diverse landscapes. Students will complete shooting assignments outside of class in an effort to build a strong body of work that best tells the visual story of the urban landscape in which they reside. Class time will be devoted to reviewing and critiquing students images. Time will also be devoted to examining the work of various acclaimed photographers and images they made in the cities they call home.

The class will culminate with each student presenting their projects.

This course will include at least one field trip, likely more. Students/parents should be prepared to meet on location and provide their own transportation. In addition, students should wear comfortable shoes and expect to walk up to two or three miles for each trip.

A Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) camera or digital mirrorless camera capable of manual control settings is highly recommended for this class. However, all types of cameras are welcome, including film cameras.



Kurt Simonson is an artist/educator whose work explores the longings and tensions that surround our ideas of home, community, and identity. Whether connecting the myth and memory of his upbringing in Minnesota or taking intimate portraits of his closest friends, questions about family, story, and belonging remain at the heart of his curiosity.

Kurt’s work is regularly exhibited and published throughout the country and internationally, from the San Diego Museum of Art to the Benaki Museum in Athens, Greece. He has received awards from Center Santa Fe and Photolucida’s Critical Mass, and in 2015 Kurt was named one of LensCulture’s 50 Emerging Talents. His first monograph, Northwoods Journals, was published in 2015 by Flash Powder Projects.

Kurt lives and works in Long Beach, California, where you can probably find him eating breakfast or roaming around Disneyland between his classes at Scripps College, Loyola Marymount University, and Long Beach City College.



  • One Week (Five Sessions)
  • Dates: Monday-Friday, July 15-19, 10 am – 1 pm
  • Enrollment Limit: 15 students
  • Skill/Experience Level: Students should have a working knowledge of their camera. A basic understanding of photography fundamentals is encouraged.
  • Tuition: $455  (Become a Member today and received up to 20% off!)
  • Location: Downtown Los Angeles (LACP Headquarters), 252 S. Los Angeles St., Los Angeles, CA 90012.

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