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Leica Store San Francisco is excited to offer a workshop with photographer and educator Darcy Padilla. The goal of this workshop is to help participants in finding their vision and setting realistic goals in order to produce a portfolio of work. Photographers will receive in-depth critiques, constructive feedback, and photographic references. Topics covered include: developing your project, gaining access, composition, editing, sequencing, and the relationship between images.

Photographers will have the option to present a portfolio, works in progress, finished projects, or create new work during the workshop.

“Photography that moves me leaves me feeling an emotion. It makes me question myself, and my place in this world. The first thing in beginning a project you must care; the second is you must have questions… This workshop will explore your projects (or portfolio) focusing on visual storytelling. Assisting in the critical editing and sequencing of your images to reveal its essence. We will go beyond the single image and work on creating a narrative. By exploring your thinking and approach, to further develop a personal style.”

Location: Leica Store San Francisco


Friday, August 16th, 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Saturday, August 17th, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Sunday, August 18th, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

• Lunch provided Saturday and Sunday

• Workshop limited to 12 participants

• Experience level -  Advanced Amateur

• Knowledge level -  Must have a working knowledge of your camera

• Participants to provide:

- Digital camera and lens

- Portfolio or project in the form of 5”x7” prints (or larger)


Darcy Padilla is a documentary photographer focusing on long-term projects and she is a member of Agence VU’ in Paris.

Her honors include:

-       Guggenheim Fellowship

-       Open Society Institute Individual Fellowship

-       Alicia Patterson Foundation Fellowship

-       Alexia Foundation Grant

-       Getty Images Grant

-       International Photo-reporter Grant

-       World Report Master Award

-       Canon Female Photojournalist Award

-       three World Press Photo Awards (first recipient for Long-Term Projects)

-       W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography.

Published and exhibited internationally, Padilla was commissioned for a year by Le Monde to photograph the U.S. Election. She has had solo exhibitions at Visa pour l’Image (France), Cortona On The Move (Italy), Festival Nicéphore (France), Festival of Ethical Photography (Italy), and the contemporary art museum Centre d'Art Santa Mònica in Barcelona (Spain). She was a judge on the second season of Sky Arts’ Master of Photography, a television program simulcast to Austria, Germany, Ireland, Italy, and the United Kingdom.

She has given artist talks at the de Young Museum, DOCfield Festival (Barcelona), DOK-Festival (Oslo). Participating in panels at London Photo and Milano Photo Week. And has taught workshops in Italy, Luxembourg, Spain, and in France at Visa pour l’Image and Rencontres d’Arles.

Padilla’s recent book Family Love published in France, follows a family for 21-years — an intimate story of poverty, AIDS and social issues.


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