Street Photography Lecture and Q&A by John Free

  • August 24, 2013 · 12:00 PM
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We are pleased to announce that John Free, an amazingly inspiring US Street Photographer/Social Documenter for over 40 years, will be offering a FREE talk and Q&A to members!

John will show some of his work and the stories behind them, share his experiences in street photography and give details of his forthcoming London workshops.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you have never heard or seen John speak, check out some of his street photography tips:

 

The Work Will Teach You How

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9yxlGk2q4ck

 

Don't Be Misunderstood

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=We7Z8B9tItc

 

Another Dimension

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qxN2z7D6V4c

 

This cool venue combines a fashion/art shop, bar & a cafe offering coffee and cake!


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

John has been inspiring to photographers of all ages and skill levels for many years through teaching sold-out classes and workshops in street photography and as a popular guest lecturer. Part stand-up and part evangelist, he speaks from the heart to inspire new generations of photographers. He has taught at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, UCLA, USC, Pasadena City College, and the Newport Art Museum. He is also involved with several non-profit organizations teaching inner-city kids the excitement and power they can get from being dedicated photographers.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

John was commissioned by the Los Angeles County museum of art to design a street photography program for the Los Angeles school district high school art departments. John presented the ideas and technique to high school art teachers at a daylong seminar at the museum in 2004. It is believed that this is the first time a street photography program has been adopted into the art curriculum of an entire school district. John’s goal in photography education is to show photographers the rich photographic potential that we all have. Helping photographers find their true personal vision and then implement it with a sensible and well thought out study program that will enable the student of photography to teach himself. John has worked with over 2000 photographers over the years and has observed where they have the most trouble in the process of photographing. John has developed different exercises that can help photographers who are having trouble as we all do, in the difficult areas of the process. Operations such as subject comprehension, framing, focusing, timing and getting in close to the subject with out disturbing the subject with your presence and how to survive doing this anywhere in the world.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

John’s work has been featured in numerous publications from U.S. News and World Report to Peterson’s Photographic Magazine to Smithsonian. He was among the international photojournalists selected to take part in the project that resulted in the book 24 Hours in the Life of Los Angeles. John's work has been featured in a wide range of exhibitions, including the California Museum of Science and Industry, Los Angeles, Laguna Festival of Art, Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena and the Bagier Gallery in Ojai, California.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

John Free has been a professional photographer specializing in journalistic and editorial subjects since attending Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara over thirty years ago. His photographic essays range from railroad tramps in California to automobile abstracts to London and Paris street life.

 

All of the above images are copyrighted original works of art by John Free and are protected by United States and international copyright law. All rights are reserved. The images remain the sole and exclusive property of John Free

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  • M kamran A.

    hi guys. is there any new meetup going to b arrange. its so boring. let go out on some weekend and click come shots. what do you do. one more this can i suggest any meetup.

    October 6, 2013

  • Codruta

    I was deeply touched by John passion and love for beauty. He is a beauty warrior. Personally I found the location warm, welcome, central, easy to find and filled with enriching energy. Thanks to John for 1-2-1 time for later comers. Thanks for the ones involved in organising this beautiful free event. Peter, I’m sure if you would arrived a bit early- which I m sure you done your best for, some kind and generous people would helped you to get a place inside. I m sorry you missed it this time.

    3 · August 26, 2013

  • Pete D.

    Couldn't get in. Too many people booked for too small a venue. Transportation issues meant 2 hours travelling there & back for nothing. Imagine!

    1 · August 24, 2013

    • Linda

      For the record my remark was not intended as flippant or sarcastic. Sorry you feel that way. As you had the opportunity to do, I was only giving my honest feedback. As highlighted, and without wanting to repeat ourselves - people who arrived on time reserved seating. For those who turned up late (as occasionally happens sometimes) - we ran a second smaller lecture for them and John gave up his extra personal time to do this, pose for photos, let them flip through his photo book as a goodwill gesture.

      2 · August 25, 2013

    • Linda

      We run free events for members and most appreciate this. The venue kindly offered us free usage of a room at no cost, to save us charging members an entrance fee to attend this lecture and we accommodated everyone the best that we could. We could have gotten a bigger venue as Dave pointed out, but I doubt members would have wanted to pay £20 each to cover our admin and hire expenses. Not forgetting that we did all this organising and research for free, giving up our own time, off our own backs. Most of us struggled to get to and from the venue due to unexpected transport issues yesterday just like yourself. If you are still dissatisfied then you are more then welcome to find a more suitable group for you.

      5 · August 25, 2013

  • dkayuk

    I found John very inspiring and it's a shame I am not able to come to his workshops next week. Maybe next year, if the workshop is repeated I will attend.

    1 · August 25, 2013

  • Dave

    This sounded like a great event. I was sorry I couldn't go as I work nights. I think this may be a problem for me and future events :-( hope springs eternal though :-)

    1 · August 25, 2013

  • Paul A.

    Excellent

    1 · August 25, 2013

    • Linda

      Thank you Paul

      August 25, 2013

  • Gill

    Great talk, very inspiring! Thanks for organising.

    1 · August 25, 2013

    • Linda

      Thank you Gill

      August 25, 2013

  • Norma P.

    Wonderful inspiring talk and man. His passion and love for his work is contagious.

    2 · August 25, 2013

    • Linda

      Thank you Norma

      1 · August 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Inspiring. Free and wonderful. Made it in good time so had a seat at the front :-)

    1 · August 25, 2013

    • Linda

      Thank ou Brendan

      August 25, 2013

  • Sapna

    Thank you Linda & David, for arranging such a wonderful talk by John, one of Street Photography's living legends. I was really very happy meeting you all and thoroughly enjoyed the lecture. You all came across as being very warm people who made everyone feel so comfortable. The reason I cannot come to the workshop is because my tickets are booked with my family's for a seven days holiday. I would consider this as a missed opportunity, but looking forward to seeing you all again in future meet-ups. Thanks once again. Five stars to you and your team.

    1 · August 25, 2013

    • Linda

      Appreciate your kind words Sapna. David and I have worked hard to organise both the lecture and the forthcoming workshops for free. Both us are busy people but we wanted to make sure you guys had an opportunity to meet and hear John's words of inspiration. Sorry that you will miss the workshops. But we hope to see you again soon.

      August 25, 2013

  • Romas

    Glad I made it - even if 5 minutes later and luckily managed to get in - other latecomers werent as lucky unfortunately. Very interesting, informative and passionate talk by John - it actually sets you free in your mind to achieve anything in the street photography! Will think about joining the upcoming workshop too;) and big thanks to Linda for the spot!

    2 · August 24, 2013

    • Linda

      Thanks Romas for attending, if you are considering a workshop space, please drop me a line and I will give you some extra details! Cheers.

      August 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you so much for this great opportunity! There's so much we can learn from him! Can't wait for next weekend!

    1 · August 25, 2013

  • Steve C.

    It was very generous for John to give this free lecture - sharing his philosophy, experiences and suggestions on method.
    If you get a chance, I suggest you attend one of his workshops, it really helped me improve my photography - along with this talk and his online videos

    2 · August 24, 2013

  • Saron

    As always an inspiring talk by John Free. Yes we all need to 'practice' and try a bit harder if we want to produce a picture that speaks volumes.

    2 · August 24, 2013

  • Linda

    Thank you for everyone who came along today to this free talk by John Free. I'm glad to hear you found it inspiring, helpful and/or educational. If you want to further your experience and attend a workshop/walk with John please let me or David Bull know and we will help with any enquiries. Cheers, L

    1 · August 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Arrived 15 minutes late due road works but no seats available. What happened?
    Shame

    August 24, 2013

    • Steve C.

      How was the second session Steve? Must have been good to have a lecture with John for just a few of you who didn't make it in time for the main lecture

      3 · August 24, 2013

    • Linda

      As already stated by Cabana, Mr Free was generous enough to give up a further half an hour of his time for the handful late comers who missed out on the main lecture, which was fair. People who arrived at 12pm or much earlier got themselves a seat.

      2 · August 24, 2013

  • Hady B.

    I am delighted to have met John, listened to him and saw him. It was a wonderful approach to street photography. It was useful, humorous, informative , educational and inspirational.

    1 · August 24, 2013

  • julia

    Sorry, i arrived late today, and i could't get into the room!! i really would like to be there :(

    August 24, 2013

  • Joe S.

    Inspirational.

    1 · August 24, 2013

  • Alexandra H.

    Inspiring! I'm very happy I got to meet him!

    1 · August 24, 2013

  • dave

    An inspiring and empowering talk that made me think about my approach and made me laugh with John's clever responses to aggressive behaviour. I should keep a few of those lines in my back pocket!

    1 · August 24, 2013

  • Magpie on the R.

    Thanks so much for organising Linda. So inspiring. Watch out streets of London I'm coming at ya in full affect !

    1 · August 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    What a great lecture. John is passionate about photography and a very nice chap.
    Well done Linda!

    1 · August 24, 2013

  • Glynn

    Very inspirational. Thank you.

    Going to set up my practice schedule :-)

    1 · August 24, 2013

  • Oliver L.

    very enlightening with John's character making the whole 'show' a delight.

    1 · August 24, 2013

  • David S.

    Same here had issues due too train services

    August 24, 2013

  • Olo

    I've got here to late to take part. Im sorry!

    August 24, 2013

  • Pete D.

    There's not enough room! Disappointing

    August 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward to it
    Steve

    August 24, 2013

  • Nick C.

    Thought I had replied I could not be there, but confirming that this is the case. Hope all goes well

    August 24, 2013

    • Linda

      Thanks for letting us know.

      August 24, 2013

  • Shayna

    Sorry I won't be able to attend. Enjoy everyone!

    August 23, 2013

    • Linda

      thanks for letting us know Shayna

      August 23, 2013

  • Sapna

    Hello Linda,
    Any contact number, just in case....
    Thanks and regards.

    1 · August 23, 2013

    • Linda

      I will send out shortly Sapna

      August 23, 2013

  • Romas

    Great! See you tomorrow!

    1 · August 23, 2013

  • David S.

    wow - thank you whoever gave up a spot for me to attend :) looking forward to it - see you tomorrow :)

    1 · August 23, 2013

  • Jonathan W.

    Unfortunately not going to be able to make it tomorrow anymore...so someone else can take my slot. Enjoy!

    August 23, 2013

    • David B.

      Thanks Jonathan

      August 23, 2013

    • Linda

      Cheers Jon for the update.

      August 23, 2013

  • Robert

    Hi. I've pulled out of this one as I would have to leave early and I already attended the previous talk and workshop last year, both really fantastic, so happy to let someone else take my spot this time around.

    August 23, 2013

    • David B.

      Thats very cool of you Robert...thank you.

      August 23, 2013

    • Linda

      Yeah, thanks Robert

      August 23, 2013

  • Linda

    I'm going to nag some more! If you know you can't make it tomorrow to the lecture - please update your RSVP to say so. There are many on the waiting list who would like to attend. No show members will be put on record!

    August 23, 2013

  • Dave

    Would love to go but I work nights so evenings are out. Except sometimes during the week. I suspect I am out of sync with the rest of the group and will never meet anybody. Shame.

    August 23, 2013

  • Siddrah

    Sorry to have to cancel was really looking forward to it. I have an unexpected wedding to attend to

    August 22, 2013

  • Linda

    Please update your RSVP appropriately. If you no longer able to attend, there are people on the waiting list who would like to! Thank you.

    August 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, but am not going to be able to make it now - gutted!

    Next time....

    August 19, 2013

  • Shayna

    Is there a waiting list for this or can I just turn up??

    August 19, 2013

    • Linda

      Hi Shayna, the venue has limited space I'm afraid. we are already at our max numbers including John's entourage. If someone drops out on here, then of course you may RSVP and take their place.

      1 · August 19, 2013

  • Glynn

    This is going to be great!

    1 · August 17, 2013

    • Linda

      Yes it is!

      August 19, 2013

  • Mike E.

    Sorry but am out of London until mid-September

    August 15, 2013

    • Linda

      That's a shame.

      August 19, 2013

  • Tony T.

    Would love to be there but cannot. So gutted I will miss meeting John Free! Perhaps another time.

    1 · August 19, 2013

  • Linda

    If anyone attending lecture and hasn't signed up for the workshops as yet, John is now offering day tripper events for ANY of the 3 days he has scheduled. Alternatively, you can do any 2-days of your choice. If you are interested please email me for more details. Thanks!

    August 15, 2013

  • Siddrah

    Looking forward to attending

    August 11, 2013

  • Hady B.

    It will be interesting to meet John and learn from his experience,

    August 10, 2013

  • Natasha B.

    Sorry change of plan am going to be on holiday.

    August 8, 2013

  • Bob W.

    So sorry but I can't make this. Sounds great. Hope to be able to come along to another WSP event soon.

    August 7, 2013

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