Observe Dallas 2016 Workshop

Between 2-6 August, a workshop, led by photojournalist/street photographer Richard Andrew Sharum, will take place at Alto211 in Dallas, located at 211 N. Ervay in downtown, as an extension of his Observe Dallas project, now in it's 3rd year. The aim of the workshop is to help students develop their personal projects through individual tutorials, mini assignments, experimentation, and group reviews. The course is aimed at photographers with an ongoing body of work. This intensive masterclass will challenge, guide, and push students to make new responses to their ideas and seek out visual stories in Dallas.


Students should come willing to experiment and to consider new ways of approaching image making and storytelling. Each student will participate in group reviews as well as one-on-one tutorials. Students will work on an assignment, individually set by the tutor and the student. The assignment will be created in response to the student’s personal work to assist them in developing their practice. Students should come to the workshop with proposals of what they could work on in these five days, as an extension of an existing work, or a new personal project.


Students will learn to critique the work of others, and one’s own, at both theoretical and practical levels. The masterclass aims to identify each participant’s visual language and define their photographic approach and encourage participants to realize both personal and assigned projects. The workshop will begin at 10 am on Tuesday, August 2nd, and end at 3 pm Saturday, August 6th, followed by an after-party that evening and student exhibit at the 500x gallery.


Apply by sending no more than 10 jpegs (max width at 1000 px) in a zip folder to ObserveDallasWkshp@gmail.com. Last day to apply will be July 20th, 2016. The cost per student is $150 and will be invoiced upon acceptance into the class. If no payment is received within 5 days, then that spot is given out to the next qualified applicant. The limit for class is 12 students. Anyone 18+ may apply. Once accepted, all applicants will receive an email with the daily schedule for the class and all relevant info. 


About Richard Andrew Sharum: Richard Andrew Sharum is a photographer in Dallas whose range varies from Documentary Photojournalism to traditional Street Photography. His work is in several private and public collections across the world and has exhibited in Kyoto, Sao Paulo, Reggio Emilia, New York, and Dallas. His commissions include those by The Meadows Foundation, Centers for Community Cooperation, Harvard Law School, Student Conservation Association, Childrens Medical Center (Oncology), Childrens Cancer Fund, Notre Dame School for the Mentally Ill, Austin Street Homeless Shelter, and several others over the years. His publications include those by DMagazine, International Business Times Weekly, The Wall Street Journal, The Dallas Observer, SpacingToronto Magazine and is currently working on his Tierra de Cuba project.


In 2015 Richard Andrew Sharum was awarded the Cultural Projects Grant for the completion of his Observe Dallas 2015 project.