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Saturday, April 7

3:00-5:00pm

MARINELLA PAOLINI - CROSS THE LINE - A FEATURED mopla discussion

The Loft at Liz's: 453 S La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, CA  90036

Curated by Guy Dill, Crossing the Limits is the photographic narration of Marinella Paolini's artistic journey into miles travelled through roads and cities all over the world - featuring select works from three of Paolini’s projects:  Urban Soul (photography) , On the Way (photography), and Pathways (FusionArt) .

Crossing the Limits of traditional photographic processes, FusionArt is a new avant-garde form of expression on the contemporary art scene. The creative process and its subsequent testing was founded in 2010 in Rome in the laboratory of FormedarteItalia by the creative director Patrizia Biba Mogherini and the photographer Marinella Paolini. 


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Friday, April 13

2:30-3:30pm

MOPLA and Magnum present A Conversation with Charlotte Cotton and Diana MarkosianAN OFFICIAL MOPLA DISCUSSION

LINE Hotel Los Angeles, 3515 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010

Cost: Free with RSVP

Diana Markosian is an Armenian-American photographer whose images explore the relationship between memory and place. Born in Moscow, Russia, her family immigrated to the United States when she was a child, leaving her father behind. In 2010, she received her master’s degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. Her work has since taken her to some of the most remote corners of the world, where she has produced both personal and editorial work. Her images can be found in publications like National Geographic Magazine, The New Yorker and The New York Times. Diana is the recipient of the Chris Hondros Emerging Photographer Grant, Magnum Emerging Photographer Fund and the Firecracker Grant. In 2013, she took part in the World Press Joop Swart Masterclass in Amsterdam and was selected as PDN’s 30 Photographers to Watch. Diana became a Magnum Nominee in 2016.

Charlotte Cotton is an independent curator and writer based in Los Angeles. She has held curatorial positions at institutions, including the Victoria and Albert Museum and The Photographers’ Gallery in London; the Wallis Annenberg Photography Department at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Katonah Museum of Art, New York; International Center of Photography, New York; Metabolic Studio, Los Angeles; and California Museum of Photography, Riverside. She has been a visiting scholar and critic at institutions, including the New School and NYU, New York; California College of the Arts, San Francisco; Yale School of Art, New Haven; and Otis College, Los Angeles. She is the author of Photography Is Magic (Aperture, 2015) and The Photograph as Contemporary Art (2004), and cofounder of Words Without Pictures and Eitherand.org. Her forthcoming books are Public, Private, Secret: On Photography & The Configuration of Self (Aperture, 2018) and Fashion Image Revolution (Prestel, 2018). 


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 Anna Alexander,  Photography Director of  Wired Magazine

Anna Alexander, 
Photography Director of Wired Magazine

 Eugénie Frerichs, Photography Director of  Patagonia

Eugénie Frerichs,
Photography Director of Patagonia

 Charlie Hess, Design Director

Charlie Hess,
Design Director

 Michael Itkoff, Publisher of  Daylight Books

Michael Itkoff,
Publisher of Daylight Books

Friday, April 13

5:30-6:30pm

Transparency: The Practice of Finding and Hiring Photographers - AN OFFICIAL MOPLA DISCUSSION

LINE Hotel Los Angeles, 3515 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010

Cost: $15.00 per person
Students: $10.00 for students with valid I.D at the door

Join us for an insightful, moderated conversation addressing questions related to being hired and published. Each speaker will share their approach to finding and hiring the right photographer for assignments, stories and publications. Panelists include: Anna Alexander, Photography Director of Wired Magazine, Eugénie Frerichs, Photography Director of Patagonia and Michael Itkoff, Publisher of Daylight Books. Moderated by Design Director, Charlie Hess.


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Image © Angie Smith

Saturday, April 14

1:00-2:30pm

Stronger Shines the Light Inside: An Artist Talk with Angie Smith AN OFFICIAL MOPLA DISCUSSION

Space15Twenty, 1520 N Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Cost: Free

Stronger Shines the Light Inside is an ongoing photography project that tells the stories of resettlement in The United States. For the past three years,  Los Angeles based photographer Angie Smith has documented the process of refugees rebuilding their lives in Idaho, Salt Lake City and Los Angeles. Through photography and interviews, Stronger Shines the Light Inside shares the complexities, struggles, and personal triumphs that refugees experience while building a new life in America.

strongershinesthelightinside.com

 


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Images © Diana Markosian

Saturday April 14 + Sunday, April 15

10:00am-6:00pm

Sharing Visions: A Masterclass on Contemporary Image Making - AN OFFICIAL WORKSHOP OF MOPLA

LINE Hotel Los Angeles, 3515 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010

Cost: $595.00

Join Magnum photographer Diana Markosian and curator and writer Charlotte Cotton for a two-day masterclass on photographic process and practice.

Magnum Photos is excited to announce a professional practice workshop in Los Angeles, taking place on Saturday 14 & Sunday 15 April 2018 as part of LA’s Month of Photography.

Led by Magnum photographer Diana Markosian and independent writer and curator Charlotte Cotton, the workshop will include invaluable inspiration and advice for photographers looking to push their work forward. 

The two-day event is centered around contemporary photographic practice, a chance for photographers to be reflective and critical of their work in a supportive atmosphere, led by Diana and Charlotte. Participants are invited to bring their current work-in-progress projects to this discussion-based event and collectively develop creative strategies concerning reception, viewership, ethics and the role of interrelated media.

The first morning will consist of lectures from the two speakers about their practices and experiences that focus on the "post-shooting" work that image-makers undertake. The masterclass focusses on refining participants’ editing and sequencing skills and ideas for final presentation that fully communicate their projects. The group will also discuss context and reception of photographic projects and how to reach your desired audience. 

Participants will join Charlotte and Diana’s groups for critique sessions on Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning. Sunday afternoon will be spent devising participants' action plans that harness ideas and inspiration for progressing existing projects.

This event, limited to only 20 participants, is best suited for photographers who are looking for an in-depth critique of their work

For inquiries about this workshop, contact Lauren Heinz: lauren.heinz@magnumphotos.com

About the Workshop Leaders:

Diana Markosian is an Armenian-American photographer whose images explore the relationship between memory and place. Born in Moscow, Russia, her family immigrated to the United States when she was a child, leaving her father behind. In 2010, she received her master’s degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. Her work has since taken her to some of the most remote corners of the world, where she has produced both personal and editorial work. Diana became a Magnum Nominee in 2016.

Charlotte Cotton is an independent curator and writer based in Los Angeles. She has held curatorial positions at institutions, including the Victoria and Albert Museum and The Photographers’ Gallery in London; the Wallis Annenberg Photography Department at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Katonah Museum of Art, New York; International Center of Photography, New York; Metabolic Studio, Los Angeles; and California Museum of Photography, Riverside. She is the author of Photography Is Magic (Aperture, 2015) and The Photograph as Contemporary Art (2004), and cofounder of Words Without Pictures and Eitherand.org. Her forthcoming books are Public, Private, Secret: On Photography & The Configuration of Self (Aperture, 2018) and Fashion Image Revolution (Prestel, 2018).


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 Lucy Pike

Lucy Pike

 Linda Dzhema

Linda Dzhema

 Jenna Black

Jenna Black

 Amy Feitelberg

Amy Feitelberg

Saturday, April 14

4:00-5:00pm

Leading the Way: Innovative Brands Using Photography Today  - AN OFFICIAL MOPLA DISCUSSION

 LINE Hotel Los Angeles, 3515 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010

Cost: $15.00 per person
Students: $10.00 for students with valid I.D at the door

WeTransfer, EyeEm, Square and Imageconomy are a handful of brands utilizing photography in exciting and innovating approaches. Join us for a panel conversation on how company positions photography to share their stories including Lucy Pike (WeTransfer), Jenna Black (EyeEm), Linda Dzhema (Imageconomy) and Amy Feitelberg (Square).


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Sunday, April 15

10:00am-2:00pm

From Side Hobby To Cash Flow: Shooting for Brands Workshop Presented by EyeEM  - AN OFFICIAL MOPLA WORKSHOP

LINE Hotel Los Angeles, 3515 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010

Cost: Free with RSVP

Join us for this interactive workshop where we'll take you through the entire process of what it takes to shoot for brands. Hear from leading creatives on both the brand and photographer side about building your online presence, pitching brands, creative direction, production and more.

Bring your phone or favorite camera and get creative with a brand shoot around the streets of Koreatown. The creators with the best images will win gear and get featured on the EyeEm Magazine!


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 Lauren Crew

Lauren Crew

 Melinda James

Melinda James

 Devyn Galindo

Devyn Galindo

 Jigisha Bouverat

Jigisha Bouverat

 Emma Reeves © Cortez Cole

Emma Reeves
© Cortez Cole

 Tara-Lynne Pixley

Tara-Lynne Pixley

 Danielle Scruggs

Danielle Scruggs

Sunday, April 15

2:30pm-3:30pm

INCLUSIVITY NOW! PRESENTED BY AUTHORITY COLLECTIVE - AN OFFICIAL MOPLA DISCUSSION

LINE Hotel Los Angeles, 3515 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010

Cost: Free with RSVP

There's a lot of talk about inclusivity but what does it really mean to create equity and fairness in the photo and video industry? Join our esteemed panel for a robust discussion about creating actionable paths to an inclusive industry that uplifts and supports marginalized artists in lens-based media. A Q+A will follow allowing emerging photographers to participate in open dialogue with decision makers. 

Los Angeles based image makers Lauren Crew, Devyn Galindo, and Melinda James joined by Jigisha Bouverat, owner of Jigisha Bouverat Collective (JBC) and former Director of Art Production at TBWA\Chiat\Day, and Emma Reeves, Executive Director of Free The Bid and former photo director of Dazed & Confused and Danielle Scruggs, photo editor at ESPN’s Undefeated. Moderated by Tara-Lynne Pixley, Nieman Fellow and freelance photo editor.

About the Panelists:

Lauren Crew is a mixed-race, multi-dimensional photographer with an affinity for light and depth. Her work lives at the intersection between art and emotion. Some of her clients include Mashable, Vogue, Vans, Levis, OxFam, and Red Bull Music Academy.

Melinda James is an image maker with a primary focus in cinematography. Her images embody a visual style that is minimal, yet intimate. Over the years she has shaped a body of work that puts women and underrepresented communities at the forefront. Based in Los Angeles, Melinda also works under the creative title of About Her Films, creating short films, music videos, and commercials. Her work has debuted on outlets such as VSCO, Essence, NPR Music, Participant Media, and has been screened in theaters across the country.

Devyn Galindo is fearlessly nomadic, honest and observant, with an eye toward the gently radical. Devyn documents the lives of their friends emerging from the Chicanx scene in Los Angeles. Exploring their identity as a queer non-binary xicanx artist during the current political climate has become an obsession that has led to their first publication, We Are Still Here, which launched in November 2016. Featured in i-D and Remezcla. 

Jigisha Bouverat, owner of Jigisha Bouverat Collective (JBC), brings a distinct level of experience and perspective from both sides of the industry. She was the Director of Art Production at TBWA\Chiat\Day for over 18 years, during which she managed and mentored teams of Art Producers responsible for revolutionizing the creative and business practices in the industry. During her time at TBWA\Chiat\Day Jigisha worked with a roster of world-class creators and artists to produce some of the most memorable and celebrated advertising campaigns. 

Emma Reeves has an extensive background as a Creative Strategist working across all aspects of cultural communication and new media in the print, digital and live space. Emma joined Jefferson Hack at the Dazed Group in London from 1999 until 2007 working as photo director for Dazed she also helped found Another Magazine and Another Man. She became the Creative Director of the highly influential MOCAtv in 2012, a part of the YouTube original content initiative funded by Google, radically changing the landscape of access to art in the digital realm while managing and creating digital engagements.

Since January 30th 2017 Emma has been Executive Director of Free The Bid:
Free the Bid is a 501c3 non-profit initiative advocating on behalf of women directors for equal opportunities to bid on commercial jobs in the global advertising industry. freethebid.com

Danielle A. Scruggs is a photographer, photo editor, and writer based in Washington, D.C. Her personal work, which includes photography, text, and installation, explores the various ways one can navigate, shape, and take up physical and psychic space, and how this leads to the construction of the self.  Currently, she is a photo editor at ESPN and was previously the director of photography at the Chicago Reader. She is also the founder of Black Women Directors, an online resource highlighting Black women in film.

About the Moderator:

Tara-Lynne Pixley is an editorial and reportage photographer and media studies scholar based in San Diego, CA. With an MFA in Photography and over a decade of experience as a photojournalist and photo editor for news organizations, Tara's photographic and scholarly work focuses on rethinking visual representations of gender, race and sexuality in documentary image-making. She is a founding member of RECLAIM photo and a board member of the Authority Collective.

 

The Authority Collective / authoritycollective.org / authoritycollective@gmail.com


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 Lauren Walsh

Lauren Walsh

 Ron Haviv

Ron Haviv

Sunday, April 15

4:00-5:00pm

Lost Rolls America with VII Agency photographer Ron Haviv and NYU Professor Lauren Walsh - AN OFFICIAL MOPLA DISCUSSION

 LINE Hotel Los Angeles, 3515 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010

Cost: $15.00 per person
Students: $10.00 for students with valid I.D at the door

Traditionally, history was “written” by a few with power. Today’s technologies have given much of this power back to the people as increased personal documentation unwittingly democratizes the histories we come to know. In particular, photography plays a heightened role in how we document and remember our personal and shared pasts.

NYU Professor Lauren Walsh and VII Agency photographer Ron Haviv talk about Lost Rolls America (LRA), a national photo archive that emphasizes a democratic process and prioritizes the role of photography in memory and history. How has our relationship to images and memories evolved? What surprising phenomena can LRA show us about shared experiences across time, space, race and gender in the United States?

Through real-time interactive participation, the audience will have an option to share the photos on their phones alongside their own memories and become part of Lost Rolls America. This session explores what this means for the ever-changing dynamic between media, memory and history.

http://www.lostrollsamerica.com
 

Lauren Walsh:

Lauren Walsh, Project Director of Lost Rolls America, is a professor and writer. She teaches at The New School and New York University, where she is the Director of the Gallatin Photojournalism Lab.

Walsh’s forthcoming book, Conversations on Conflict Photography (2019), focuses on photographic coverage of war and humanitarian crises. She is editor of Macondo: Memories of the Colombian Conflict (2017), a photo book on the long-term civil conflict in Colombia. Walsh is co-editor of The Millennium Villages Project (2016), which documents UN-supported interventions to reduce extreme poverty in sub-Saharan Africa, and The Future of Text and Image (2012), a collection of essays on the dynamic between word and image. She has published in The Los Angeles Review of Books, Photography and Culture, Hyperallergic, The Romanic Review, The Journal of American History, and The New Republic, among others, and has articles in numerous anthologies.

In addition to her appearances on CNN, Walsh has appeared on radio programs and as an expert on photography in the documentary 9/11: Ten Years Later (2011). She has curated photography shows at The Gallatin Galleries in New York City. Her teaching and research focus on questions of memory and visual media, and she holds a PhD from Columbia University.

Ron Haviv:

Ron Haviv is an Emmy nominated, award-winning photojournalist and co-founder of the photo agency VII, who has been dedicated to documenting conflict and raising awareness about human rights issues around the globe.

In the last three decades, Haviv has covered more than twenty-five conflicts and worked in over one hundred countries. He has published three critically acclaimed collections of photography, and his work has been featured in numerous museums and galleries, including the Louvre, the United Nations, and the Council on Foreign Relations. Haviv's photographs are in the collections at The Houston Museum of Fine Arts and George Eastman House amongst others as well as numerous private collections. 

Haviv has produced an unflinching record of the injustices of war and his photography has had singular impact. His work in the Balkans, which spanned over a decade of conflict, was used as evidence to indict and convict war criminals at the international tribunal in The Hague. President George H.W. Bush cited Haviv’s chilling photographs documenting paramilitary violence in Panama as one of the reasons for the 1989 American intervention.

His first photography book, Blood and Honey: A Balkan War Journal, was called “One of the best nonfiction books of the year,” by The Los Angeles Times and “A chilling but vastly important record of a people’s suffering,” by Newsweek. His other monographs are Afghanistan: The Road to Kabul, Haiti: 12 January 2010 and the latest book The Lost Rolls described by The Washington Post as “ The magical photos recovered from over 200 lost rolls of film... An odd family photo album in which the kin are the people and places that have defined global politics and culture in the past quarter century.” !

Haviv is the central character in six documentary films, including National Geographic Explorer’s Freelance in a World of Risk, in which he speaks about the dangers of combat photography, including his numerous detentions and close calls. He has provided expert analysis and commentary on ABC World News, BBC, CNN, NPR, MSNBC, NBC Nightly News, Good Morning America.The Charlie Rose Show and The Washington Post.


Sunday, April 15 – Saturday, April 21

Time varies daily

THE ART OF STORYTELLING – THE SALTON SEA: A 6-day Documentary Photography Workshop with National Geographic Photographer Gerd Ludwig - AN OFFICIAL WORKSHOP OF MOPLA

Los Angeles & Salton Sea

Cost: $1,285.00

This 6-day workshop (5 days + 2 half days) by veteran National Geographic Photographer Gerd Ludwig in conjunction with MOPLA is for professionals and committed amateurs who want to take their photography to the next level. It concentrates on the aesthetic, technical, and logistical aspects of photographing with personal vision.

Participants will meet at Gerd’s home in Mount Washington, Los Angeles (15 minutes NE of Downtown LA) for 1 ½ days of portfolio reviews, instruction and theory, before shooting for 3 days at California’s Salton Sea. 1 ½ days in LA filled with editing and sequencing, followed by a joint presentation of the final results, concludes the workshop.

GERD EXPLAINS HOW IT WORKS:
In the afternoon of day 1 (half day), we will all gather at my home for portfolio reviews. Day 2 is reserved for exploring the techniques of storytelling. I will outline the structural elements and differences between a reportage, series, and essay and share my personal approaches when photographing my stories for National Geographic Magazine – all accompanied by various sample presentations.

In the morning of day 3, we will relocate to the Salton Sea, jointly checking into a small inn. The afternoon is reserved for exploring and photographing the area around the Salton Sea.
On day 4 and 5 we will be leaving early in the mornings for full days of shooting. As I have spent many months along the Salton Sea for NatGeo and on personal projects, I will lead you to the most interesting locations that offer ample opportunities for amazing photographs. During these days, I will be in the field with you, giving hands-on advice on technical, compositional, and structural levels. The evenings are for downloading, captioning, pre-editing, additional instructions and ‘photo camp talk’.

After returning to LA in the late morning of day 6, we will reconvene at my home for a last round of editing, toning, and sequencing the work. The course will culminate the next morning (day 7, half day) with each photographer presenting his/her photographs to the class for feedback.
Be prepared for long hours of shooting, editing, critiquing and interacting with one another and with me (but don’t worry, you will have fun too).

WHAT ELSE IS COVERED:
Gerd will emphasize the process of finding and researching subjects, photographing people in an intimate fashion, making photographs that communicate emotionally as well as editorially, and using aesthetics in a sophisticated manner. Workshop participants will be encouraged to take professional risks to produce top quality work worthy of publications, contest entries or gallery submissions.

Technical discussions will focus on how to use photographic tools in real-world scenarios to capture atmosphere and mood, while maintaining a sense of place; approach subjects and establish trust in order to photograph people in an intimate fashion; use form, lighting, and color in a sophisticated manner to communicate emotionally as well as editorially; balance a personal point of view while respecting a subject’s situation; and use focused editing to reveal a story’s essential truth. Gerd will share his own photographic techniques, such as his choice of cameras, lenses, lighting, strobes, and filters. He will explain how capturing quality images at extremely high ISOs has enabled him to tackle stories for National Geographic Magazine that previously were impossible to explore (Moscow Never Sleeps, Chernobyl, Russian Orthodox Church, Sleeping Cars etc).

Gerd will address the changing market for photographers, and how to expand short assignments into long-term personal projects using the latest fund-raising, distribution, and marketing methods. As a pioneer in crowdfunding, Gerd successfully financed a trip to the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone via Kickstarter and ran a second successful Kickstarter campaign to publish his award-winning 20-year retrospective book “The Long Shadow of Chernobyl,” which accompanies his interactive multimedia iPad app.

Throughout the workshop, critiques will take place, both in groups and individually. In meetings with the students, Gerd will be available for advice on personal photographic aspirations.

Students must bring their own photographic equipment, laptops, and storage drives.