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Transforming Your Photographs with Kate Breakey (In-Person Learning – Five Sessions)

  • Wednesday
    May 17, 2023
    10:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thursday
    May 18, 2023
    10:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Friday
    May 19, 2023
    10:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Saturday
    May 20, 2023
    10:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sunday
    May 21, 2023
    10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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© Photo by Kate Breakey


In-Person Learning

Beginning in the 19th century, the earliest photographs were often tinted with paint, to make them more ‘life-like’. After the advent of color film in the 1950’s this was no longer necessary, so hand-coloring photographs became an interpretive, expressive art form, to make photographs more compelling and unique.

In this workshop, you will be introduced to some digital techniques using Lightroom and Photoshop and output images on a variety of papers. You will be instructed in the application of oil paints, pigments, pencils, and inks or pastels in combination, to extend your photographic image. The possibilities are limited only by your imagination. Kate Breakey will inspire you to explore and experiment with a variety of materials and techniques and help you find your own creative process. Photography is a magical process, but the hands-on aspect of applying pigment, is not only fun, it is a meditation on the joy of making something that comes from somewhere within.

Each day will consist of short slide shows, demonstrations, and supervised studio time with lots of individual one-on-one guidance. Students will receive a letter with FAQ’s and a list of what to bring. The Materials fee includes all but a few items which you will need to bring. There will be an assistant to help with the printing.

A rudimentary knowledge of Lightroom and Photoshop is preferable.

Kate Breakey ( early training as a painter and printmaker makes her regard photographs as a starting point- surfaces to embellish. She paints and draws on them, gilds, and sometimes embroiders her images which are all invariably about her fascination and wonder of the natural world.

She is internationally known for her large-scale, richly hand-colored photographs including her acclaimed series of luminous portraits of birds, flowers and animals in a series called Small Deaths published in 2001 by University of Texas Press. Other monographs include, Painted Light, 2010, a career retrospective that encompasses a quarter century of prolific image making and Slow Light published by Etherton Gallery in 2011. Her collection of photograms, entitled Las Sombras / The Shadows was published by University of Texas Press in 2012. This series is a continuation of her lifetime investigation of the natural world which in her own words is “brimming with fantastic mysterious beautiful things’.

Born in Australia in 1957, Breakey received her master’s degree from the University of Texas, Austin. Since 1980 her work has appeared in over 120 solo and group exhibitions in the United States, Australia, Japan and France. Her collections include the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, the Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, The Australian National Gallery and the San Diego Museum of Photographic Arts, as well as various private collections.

She has resided in the Tucson, Arizona for 22 years and regularly teaches workshops nationally and internationally.

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.


  • Five Sessions
  • Dates: Wednesday – Sunday, May 17 – 21 10 am – 5 pm PST
  • Enrollment Limit: 12 students
  • Skill/Experience Level: A rudimentary knowledge of Lightroom and Photoshop is preferable.
  • Tuition: $1,375 + $200 equipment fee (Become a Member today and received up to 20% off!)
  • Location: Wonzimer Gallery, 341-B S Avenue 17, Los Angeles CA 90031

Traveling from out of town? Need a place to stay?

We recommend The Shay, a boutique, destination by Hyatt hotel conveniently located at 8801 Washington Boulevard, Culver City, CA 90232. Guests of LACP will receive 15% off the listed room rate (pending closures and black-out periods).

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