MOPA Presents Summer Workshop and Lecture Series

Release Date: 
May 22, 2012

(San Diego, CA) May 22, 2012 – The Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA) is pleased to announce the second annual summer workshop and lecture series designed to engage photographers and photography enthusiasts through stimulating lectures and workshops lead by some of San Diego’s most experienced and celebrated photographers. The series is produced in conjunction with the Sierra Club Photo Section and will launch with an opening event and lecture at the Museum on Thursday, June 21.

This year’s lineup includes nationally renowned photographers Don Bartletti, Michael Spengler and Donna Cosentino, as well as San Diego Union-Tribune photojournalists K. C. Alfred, Nelvin Cepeda and Howard Lipin. Participants will also have the opportunity to view MOPA’s summer exhibition The Jazz Loft Project: Photographs and Tapes of W. Eugene Smith.


Summer Series Opening Lecture

Witness: Union-Tribune Photographers on Assignment from Alpine to Afghanistan

Thursday, June 21, 7:00 – 9:00 pm

Tickets: $8 MOPA Members and Sierra Club Photo Section Members, $10 General

With a shared 46 years of photojournalism experience among the three of them. Howard Lipin, K. C. Alfred and Nelvin Cepeda have covered just about every news story possible. This evening, the photojournalists will discuss and reveal the exciting stories of their craft. Their varied experiences are wide-ranging and include witnessing Hurricane Katrina, Space Shuttle launches, photographing numerous US presidents, confronting wildfires and documenting war zones.

Workshop with Michael Spengler: Natural Light Portraiture

Sunday, July 8, 10:00 am – 2:30 pm

Cost: $55 MOPA Members and Sierra Club Photo Section Members, $75 General
Michael Spengler joins us for a second year to teach the best practices, helpful tips and eye-opening insights for producing the best in natural light portraiture using little equipment. Spengler’s workshop will focus on the difference between an ordinary image and a truly striking portrait through the play of available angles, light and shadow, soft shapes and hard lines. Using his own work as reference, Spengler will demonstrate his techniques and how he constructs stylistic and dramatic images. During the last two hours, participants will learn lighting and posing during a live action demo in and around Balboa Park and work with participants to put his techniques to work with real models.


Workshop with Don Bartletti: Documentary Photography

Sunday, August 12, 10:00 am – 2:30 pm

Cost: $55 MOPA Members and Sierra Club Photo Section Members, $75 General

For the past 29 years Don Bartletti has traveled the world on assignment for the Los Angeles Times. In 2003, his passion for local and international photojournalism earned him the Pulitzer Prize. Bartletti’s workshop will provide insight into how he creates personal pictures that tell a story, revealing the difference between a picture and a photograph. Following the discussion, Bartletti will lead participants through a series of tricks and techniques designed to outsmart the automatic camera functions and further develop participants’ understanding of light and space. This workshop requires a camera with manual adjustments for aperture and shutter speed. A strobe light is also helpful, but not required.


Workshop with Donna Cosentino: Creativity in the Photographic Process: Finding your Voice, Changing your Tune, Doing the Work

Sunday, September 9, 10:00 am – 2:30 pm

Cost: $55 MOPA Members and Sierra Club Photo Section Members, $75 General

Photojournalist, gallery director, professor and MOPA docent, Donna Cosentino will lead a workshop designed to enlighten and inspire the creative spirit within every photographer. Cosentino will discuss finding your voice and trusting it, being unafraid to try something different and exploring ways to make your work feel valid. She will talk about project work, portfolios and her own evolution as a photographer.

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