Photojournalism is not simply the act of taking pictures, but a way of demanding more from life, and in this workshop, award-winning photojournalist Spencer Platt will guide students through the art and practice of street photography.
Presenters: Spencer Platt
Location: Brooklyn Bridge Park – Water Street
Photojournalism is not simply the act of taking pictures, but a way of demanding more from life, and in this workshop, award-winning photojournalist Spencer Platt will guide students through the art and practice of street photography. In reviewing local news and global issues, participants will learn how to look at stories for marketability and to shoot in an intimate way while maintaining a sense of objectivity. The workshop will also cover equipment, deadlines, the importance of strong captions, and social media.
This is a BYOC (bring-your-own-camera) workshop that will meet for a brief intro and slideshow session at the United Photo Industries Gallery before heading out to the sports fields and courts of Brooklyn Bridge Park. The workshop also includes an (optional) wrap-up session and casual group critique, where students can share the work they shot and get feedback from instructors and workshop peers.
Spencer Platt, a photojournalist on staff with the Getty Images wire service, has covered the Iraq War, the plight of displaced Congolese, the minority Kurds in Turkey, the conflict in the Central African Republic, continued fighting in Gaza, Syrians displaced by the country’s ongoing civil war, the Peshmerga and refugees in Iraqi Kurdistan, and the recent war in Ukraine, among other places and people in crisis.
Platt has won numerous honors for his work, including multiple awards from the Pictures of the Year International competition, and the NPPA Year in Pictures. In 2007, Platt received the World Press Photo of the Year award for an image taken in Beirut, Lebanon.
United Photo Industries (UPI) is a New York based nonprofit organization that works to promote a wider understanding of, and increased access to, the art of photography.
Since its founding in 2011, UPI has rapidly solidified its position in the public art landscape by continuing to showcase thought-provoking, challenging, and exceptional photography from across the globe. In its first seven years, UPI has presented the work of more than 2,500 visual artists in gallery exhibitions and public art installations worldwide.