“I took the Paris workshop with John last April because I wanted to push myself to a new level that I couldn’t have reached on my own. I was blown away by John’s knowledge and enthusiasm about photography and the simple, philosophical way he got his message across. I knew I would gain something from the course but I never expected to learn as much as I did and be given so much. His skills are amazing and he shows you how to do it…..how to get real close without disturbing the subject, how to frame, what to include and what to leave out.
I took my best pictures in Paris and I will be doing another course with John as soon as I can because I know he will take me up another level.” David B., London
The Paris workshop is designed to allow participating photographers to spend as much time as possible with me photographing at various locations in the city, with opportunities to learn by watching me work. We will work in the neighborhoods in Paris where street photography had its beginning and was made famous by photographers such as Andre Kertesz, Willie Ronis, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Frank, Brassai and many others. We will also study the techniques that made these photographers some of the best known street photographers.
The Paris workshop will help you improve your ability to photograph people at close range without discomfort about invading the subject’s privacy. You will learn to recognize potential photographic situations and quickly analyze the elements and factors that give the subject meaning. You will learn to frame and photograph the subject at the precise instant that all elements are arranged and coordinated with proper timing. By being able to work quickly and quietly, you will be able to photograph the event at the correct moment when all elements and factors have converged to a peak of visual intensity.
Lectures and discussions occur as we work together and at meal breaks. There is also ample time for reviewing your photographs and having one-on-one discussions with me. You will be able to observe me finding and evaluating subjects and how I am able to get in close, without disturbing the subject, or even being noticed.
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. All photographers regardless of their skill must constantly study the same things in order to improve their images. We are always students when it comes to our photography.
You will learn to:
1. Recognize and comprehend situations in daily life that, when
photographed, effectively produce pictures rich in their ability to communicate to the viewer what the photographer intended;
2. Work quickly and quietly without having to think about or look at the
3. Gain an enhanced awareness of how to frame in a viewfinder various details, elements and factors that make up the subject and how important proper timing is in capturing the moment;
4. Produce photographs that entertain, educate or in some way, emotionally affect the viewer for having seen them;
5. Photograph in sensitive situations.
The daily locations are subject to change based upon events or photographic opportunities. Each morning we will meet at 9:00 a.m. at one of the many parks to review each photographer’s work from the previous day. Students should be prepared for extensive walking and occasional Metro rides to various locations. I try to choose the areas of the city where I have had the best luck in finding suitable subject material.
MATERIALS: A camera with manual settings is suggested. Digital photographs will be reviewed each day. If using a film camera you can send me scans of your photos after the workshop. Critiques are optional and are offered free of charge for one year after the workshop.
The cost of the workshop is $1,200 ($900 for previous students). Students will provide their own transportation, lodging and meals, as well as print processing (if using film). The workshop includes an introductory lecture and the opportunity to work one-on-one with me to develop an individual working technique tailored to fit each photographer’s unique personal vision.
A 50% deposit is required to reserve a space, the balance to be paid by August 16. Payment may be made by personal check or through PayPal. 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.
Checks should be sent to: John Free
PO Box 697
Tujunga, CA 91043