" A New Way of Seeing"

Photography Workshop with Stella Johnson ( in-person)

Venice Beach, Los Angeles CA - USA


February 23-27, 2022

Early bird price: $1,450

(until Jan 15)

These continue to be unprecedented times. For many of us, what we photograph will be different from how we were photographing in the past.

It has been for Stella; “I am seeing the world in a new way, photographing people at the water’s edge seeking relief from the weight of the pandemic. I am looking at my everyday experience in different ways.”


This is a project-oriented class, but you do not need a project to join. Stella will help you figure out what is available to you and what you might enjoy photographing and show you how to communicate and collaborate with the people you want to photograph.

Stella will go out and photograph with the group every day, providing guidance as we walk along the beautiful Venice Beach boardwalk and surrounding areas. She will help you photograph the visual cacophony of daily life around you by making dynamic compositions that explode with light, shadow, and color.

If you prefer to photograph on your own, without direction, that is fabulous as well.

During group feedback sessions, Stella will review students’ photographs made during the previous day.  Students will learn tools that will help them find their own style and voice. She will discuss making images with strong content and design. As always, Stella will discuss light, composition, and moment, which could be a gesture, the way the light strikes, the look of an eye, or birds in flight.

Stella works individually with photographers to help them determine and define their interests and ideas and shares her professional experiences working on stories and what it takes to develop the strong relationships necessary to work on long-term projects.



This photography class is designed for all levels of image-makers, and both smartphones or DSLR cameras are equally encouraged. As we mentioned above, this is a project-oriented class where Stella will guide you on advancing your own project. It is not required to have a project or work on a project, you can work on individual images during the week. 



Wednesday 23rd:

     6:00pm: Meet and Greet in Venice Beach. Group dinner

Thursday 24th, Friday 25th, and  Saturday 26th:

 7:00 am-10:00am: Optional photography on your own

 10:00 am-12:00 pm: Image review and feedback discussion ( via zoom )

 12:00pm-2:00pm: Optional group lunch 

 3:00pm-7:00pm: Photographing session with Stella (in-person) Locations: Venice Beach area / Santa Monica Pier. 

Sunday 27th

 7:00 am-10:00am: Optional photography on your own

 10:00am-1:00pm Final review of the week's work

 TUITION: $1,450 until Jan 15 ( after that $1,650)

Does not include meals, airfare or accommodations.

NOTE Due to the current covid situation we will have the feedback sessions via Zoom from your hotel, then we will meet with Stella for the outdoors photographing session and meals. All participants must be vaccinated in order to attend this workshop.

REGISTER You can register and pay with credit/debit card (via Paypal ) by filling up the form below.

IN THE US: You can also pay directly via VENMO to @juanreyes80 (Juan Jose Reyes), to secure your spot faster ( include your name and email address )


We will be mostly working in the Venice Beach/Abbot Kinney area, and also Santa Monica but we won't have one main location or place to meet. You can find plenty of Airbnb options or consider these suggested hotels in the area.

1-Erwin Hotel 

2 -Venice Beach House

3-Boutique Hotel 444 

4-Santa Monica has many more hotels. People love the Shutters and the Viceroy.

5-The other option would be south of Venice in Marina del Rey… there are some newer/ good hotels there, including a Ritz Carlton


CANCELATION POLICY: Very flexible due to the pandemic. Please plan ahead

NOTE: Covid-19  vaccination is required to participate in this workshop

QUESTIONS?? Email Juan Reyes at jjreyes@miamistreetphotographyfestival.org



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.

website: www.stellajohnson.com

Stella Johnson Workshop


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