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Images by Chip Kahn

" Discovering New Orleans"

Photography Workshop with Stella Johnson 

New Orleans- USA


May 16-21, 2023

Discovering New Orleans


Join us in our discovery of the classic New Orleans French Quarter with all of its’ kookiness and charm. From the beauty of the riverfront to the historic architectural backdrops and the crazy crowds on Bourbon Street at night, the French Quarter and its environs provide a festival of light, color, and surreal characters to photograph. We might see a band playing and celebrating a dancing bride and groom and their friends in the streets!


We will be photographing late afternoons and evenings and critiquing daily, in the late mornings. We encourage story-telling with an emphasis on strong visual images by making portraits, urban landscapes, moment-images or looking at color, light, and architecture.


This class is designed for all levels of image-makers and iPhones and DSLR cameras are equally encouraged. Our goal will be to increase our visual and narrative capacities in a place that has energy and light and eccentricity on every street corner! Bring your enthusiasm to explore and make compelling photographs with in-the-moment instruction! The weather should be perfect for photographing in New Orleans and we have the added bonus of attending the Bayou Boogaloo Music Festival during the week of our workshop.


Chip Kahn, a native of New Orleans, will guide us on an insider’s tour of the city, from a photographer’s sense of light and from a lifetime of investigating and understanding this extraordinary place. It will be an awesome adventure.


Join acclaimed photographers and educators Stella Johnson and Juan Reyes. Stella is a passionate documentary photographer and educator and Juan is a street photographer and founder of the Miami Street Photography Festival.



Arrival: Tuesday May 16, 2023 Departure: Monday May 22, 2023


Tuesday May 16. Arrival. 7 PM Welcome/ Introductions. Group dinner at     (dinner not included)

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday May 17-20, 2023 (Subject to change)

7 am- 11am Breakfast and free time for photographing.

11am- 1 pm Critique 10-15 images of student work. ( Location TBD)

1:00pm – 2pm lunch TBD

2:00- 4:00 pm free time

4:00pm - 8:00 pm photographing in French Quarter with Stella, Juan and Chip

8:00 pm Dinner TBD

9:30 pm Free time to continue photographing or reviewing your work for the following day’s critique.

*Friday 19 and Saturday 20 Attend and photograph the Bayou Boogaloo Music Festival

Sunday May 21, 2023

7 am- 11am Breakfast and free time.

11am- 1 pm Critique 10-15 images of student work (location TBD)

1pm- 2:30 pm Farewell Lunch at Chloe Hotel (not included)

4:00 -8 pm Attend and photograph the last day of the Bayou Boogaloo Music Festival. Or Departure for those who want to catch an evening flight.

Monday May 22, 2023 Departure


$1,750 ( does not include meals, travel or accommodations)

Hotel Recommendations:

The Columns 

The Chloe Nola 

Hampton Inn by Hilton



  • If canceled more than 90 days in advance: Full refund

  • If canceled between 90-75 days prior, full refund minus $250 fee

  • if canceled 60 and 45 days prior to the start date of your workshop, we will refund 50% of all payments made.

  • Withdrawal less than 45 prior to the start date of the workshop will result in no refund

QUESTIONS?? Email Juan Reyes at



Stella Johnson is a photographer and educator known for her passionate and honest documentary projects. She received a Core Fulbright Scholar Grant to photograph in Mexico in 2003, and Fulbright Senior Specialist grants to teach in Mexico in 2006 and in Colombia in 2018. The University of Maine Press published her monograph, Al Sol: Photographs from Mexico, Cameroon and Nicaragua in 2008.

Wild Greek Press published her second monograph, ZOI, in 2018. Johnson’s photographs have been widely exhibited in the United States and internationally.


A dedicated educator, Johnson holds teaching positions at Boston University and Lesley University College of Art and Design. She also teaches workshops in Greece, Cuba, and Mexico. She was a 2013 finalist for the Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellowship, Photolucida Critical Mass Top 50, and a nominee for the Boston Foundation’s Brother Thomas Fellowship. Johnson’s work has received numerous honors including a New England Foundation for the Arts Cultural Collaborative Artist-in-Residence Grant and Julia Margaret Cameron Award.


Johnson holds a BFA from The San Francisco Art Institute and an MS in Journalism from Boston University. Her work is held in public collections including The DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, The Haggerty Museum of Art, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, The Portland Museum of Art, and The Southeast Museum of Photography, among others.


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