The goal of the workshops is to build a project-oriented community of photographers. This community must be not just of a high standard of photography but must in its collective DNA, be focused on the need to change the world through community projects.
Located in an area that was one of the birth places of modern photography, the workshops goals harken back to the Farm Security Administration photographic projects.
The classes and events of the Workshops provide the medium for each member’s journey of learning to see. The Workshop’s message is to see; to react to what one sees; to use the camera/lens to capture what they see; and to learn how to make the camera/lens work to allow them to capture what they see. The members evolve their sense of what is a good image; what makes a good photograph; and what is art.
Along the way, they confront their preconceptions of what is photography. To serve this purpose, the Richard Dischler Photo Workshops are founded upon three core workshops: • A 6 month introductory workshop that emphasizes the art of seeing, where participants will be guided through a series of assignments focused on developing the discipline and skills to pre-visualize an image; develop an individual style; become more comfortable with the equipment they have chosen; and create a portfolio of work that expresses each participant’s unique, emerging style. • A 12 month advanced study workshop tailored to each member’s goals, needs, skill level, and progress. Each member is challenged to further develop their true personal style of seeing and to achieve a higher standard for themselves in seeing and creating images as each member is encouraged to develop self-assigned projects. • An advanced individual project workshop focused on personal projects In addition, the Richard Dischler Photo Workshops offer a regular schedule of other learning events focused on studio, location, and glamour lighting. Other learning opportunities involve Walk-About exercises, gallery/exhibit walk throughs, and light-room training by Adobe Certified Experts. As members advance their skills, they build their portfolio of images and are provided the opportunity to exhibit their work in public venues. They benefit from the fellowship of like-minded photographers. Finally, they are joining a growing community of local photographers that are setting a new standard of excellence.
Members from Dischler’s current and previous six month and one year pre-visualization workshops continue to receive public recognition for their work in juried and non-juried local, regional, national and international art and photography exhibits. But more than a series of classes, the Workshop is focused on giving back. We are starting outreach programs to provide educational activities to local schools, provide services to local communities, and support other efforts through our photography.
Richard Dischler studied with Arthur Leipzig and was involved with the Ralph Weiss Workshop from 1976 to 1979. He was a member of J.A.M., the Jamaican Arts mobilization group that was instrumental in the creation of Public Studio Project #1 that is now part of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, and a member of SoHo Photo. He has been published in Profile Magazine and exhibited at the Nippon Club, J.A.M. Galleries, and various public galleries. His work is in public and private collections including the Queens Museum of Art, the JCC Collection, and other locations throughout New York. Dischler has been an instructor and juror of photography since 1976.