JOHN FREE STREET PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP
APRIL 13-14, 2013
“John Free’s photos are a revelation. He tells stories in the way of Walker Evans, full of grit, but full of passion too.” – T.C. Boyle, author
World-renowned street photographer, educator and social documentarian, John Free, is teaching a workshop in Los Angeles on March 16-17, 2013.
Part stand-up and part evangelist, John speaks from the heart to inspire new generations of photographers.
John’s ability to explain how to put elements together to create an effective photograph is second to none. It is true
most of the time people do not even know John is there allowing us to get close and create those wonderful images.
If someone did notice us we had a smile and John’s hilarious verbal judo made everyone laugh! G. T.
The workshop is limited to TEN photographers and is open to all, regardless of their skill level. Beginning photographers will not “get in the way” or “inhibit” more advanced photographers with their presence. If you are just starting out, or are a working professional, you will benefit. All cameras are welcome, digital, film or an iPhone, you will feel comfortable. As John says, “we are always students when it comes to our photography”.
The workshop is designed to allow participating photographers to spend as much time as possible with John photographing at various locations in the city. Lectures occur as the students work together with John and at meal breaks. There is also ample time for reviewing participants’ photographs and having one- on-one discussions with each photographer. Students will be able to observe John finding and evaluating subjects and how he is able to get in close.
Thank you for showing me that expensive equipment is not necessary to work quickly and
effectively. It is so much easier to respond to the moment now. – L. M.
By participating in this workshop you will:
˃ Improve your ability to recognize potential photographic situations;
˃ Be able to quickly analyze the elements and forms that give the subject meaning;
˃ Photograph the event at the correct moment when all elements, forms and moods have converged to a peak of visual intensity;
˃ Recognize and comprehend situations in daily life that produce pictures that communicate to the viewer what you intended;
˃ Work quickly and quietly without having to think about or look at the camera;
˃Avoid trouble in sensitive shooting situations;
˃Learn techniques to get in close without disturbing the subject;
˃ Gain an enhanced awareness of how to frame the various elements, moods and forms that make up the subject and how important proper timing is in capturing the moment;
˃ Produce photographs that entertain, educate or in some way, affect the viewer for having seen them.
Watching John work opened up a whole new awareness of what street photography can be. Learning
how to get in close without being noticed is really helpful. – S. L.
I had the time of my life working with John Free during his workshop. Anyone who is in any way
serious about improving as a photographer would be wise to attend a photographic workshop with
John. – D. M.
The first day will begin with a lecture, followed by full-day shooting on the street. On the second day we will meet at 9:00 a.m. to review each photographer’s work from the previous day and spend the rest of the day shooting. Students should be prepared for extensive walking and occasional public transportation rides to various locations. Specific locations will be communicated after registration.
COST: $500/$350 for returning students
The low fee includes one year of on-line critiques of students’ work. All students will provide their own transportation, lodging and meals, as well as print processing (if using film). The workshop includes an introductory lecture. The workshop is limited to TEN photographers so that you will be able to work one-on-one with John to develop an individual working technique tailored to fit your unique personal vision.
REGISTRATION: A 50% deposit is required to reserve a space, the balance to be paid by April 1. Payment may be made through PayPal or check. Cancellations must be made no later than two weeks in advance for a refund minus at 10% cancellation fee. In the event that the workshop is cancelled for any reason, participants will receive a full refund.
PayPal payments can be sent to John’s address: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have any other questions, please send John an email or call him at 818-353-7223.
Checks can be mailed to: John Free, PO Box 697, Tujunga, CA 91043
I just got back from attending John’s three-day workshop in London and wow, what a time we had!
The man is an inspiration and a true original. So passionate about what he does and very eager to
share his wisdom and experience. R. R.