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If you enjoy photographing mural art, join us on this photo trek through the epicenter of mural art in Washington DC, the Shaw neighborhood.
Learn from the Masters in the West Building of the National Gallery of Art
We begin the safari in the atrium of the National Gallery of Art’s West Building with a general orientation on photographic technique and principles of composition. Next we examine 10 classically composed black and white photographs from the 1940’s and 1950’s, by Parisian photographer Robert Doisneau, and Baltimore photographer A. Aubrey Bodine. We then go inside one of the galleries to photograph and critique the compositional elements of paintings of the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. We also look at samples of modern-day abstract art and photography.
Participants will then roam the West Building National Gallery of Art with the instructor, taking pictures that embody some of the principles of composition they have learned on the safari, photos of artwork, the Gallery’s atrium, the sculpture, the museum visitors looking at artwork, or photos of the Gallery’s extraordinary architecture. We also photograph the classic Rodin and Degas sculptures in the National Sculpture Gallery.
In short, this is a safari to help you become a more astute critic of your own photos by studying and documenting works of the masters. We also teach you how to shoot artwork in low-light situations without flash or tripod, getting the right exposure and white balance..
The safari is led by architectural photographer and Washington Photo Safari director E. David Luria who studied photography in Paris with a protégé of the French photographer, Henri Cartier Bresson, famous for capturing “the decisive moment” in his classic photographs.
Meet inside front entrance behind security of West Building, NGA, 6th and Constitution Ave., NW
E. David Luria is founder and director of the Washington Photo Safari, which has trained 36,000 amateur photographers – an average of 5 people every day, 365 days a year, since it was founded in 1999. Trained in Paris by a protégé of Henri Cartier-Bresson, Mr. Luria is a member of the American Society of Media Photographers and the Society of Photographic Educators and has had his images of DC appear in over 100 publications, calendars, and postcards and on 30 magazine covers.