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Sean Blocklin ( is a photographer and lab manager, who moved from Jersey City to sunny California to spend more time in a darkroom. He studied at Pratt, beginning with a focus on film and video, before shifting to photography, as he found he preferred to tell a story in a single frame. While in college, he began working for Chuck Kelton (master printer, Kelton Labs), whom he assisted for 6 years, having the privilege to print for Lou Stettner, Mary Ellen Mark, Danny Lyon, and many more. He also assisted the artist Hale Gurland, doing small to large format photography and sculpture. Now working at Santa Monica College as the Studio & Lab Manager, Sean enjoys combining his passions for photography and mentoring to guide burgeoning artists.


LACP Interviews Sean Blocklin

LACP asks Sean Blocklin ten questions about his background, career in and beliefs about photography.

LACP: What kind of photographer are you?

Sean Blocklin: I consider myself a “fine art” photographer, focusing on traditional and alternative processes.

LACP: How long have you been shooting?

SB: I’ve been shooting for 12 years

LACP: Where did you get your training?

SB: I gained my BFA in photography from Pratt Institute and continued learning under the printer Chuck Kelton.

LACP: When did you know you wanted to devote your life to photography?

SB: Slowly, over the first year of college, I realized I could tell my story better through photography

LACP: Did you ever come close to giving up?

SB: No.

LACP: Have you sacrificed anything by being a photographer?

SB: You can go many different ways in photography, and I have sacrificed a lot of time and comfort trying to find my own.

LACP: What have you gained by being a photographer?

SB: I have gained a form of expression, a sense of craft, and a community of like-minded people.

LACP: What classes do you teach at LACP?

SB: Art of the 4×5 Camera

LACP: What do you love most about teaching?

SB: I love getting others as excited as I am.

LACP: What advice would you give someone who is thinking about making a career in photography?

SB: I have always found you get out what you put in. And keep a notebook so your photographs have a history.