A photojournalist is a visual storyteller. And as such, we tell stories with a series of photos and one photo at a time.
Washington Photo Safari is pleased to present this safari in street photography taught by Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist, Essdras Suarez. The goal of this photo safari is not only to help you make better images but to also help you tell stories with your images, thus creating more intricate and complex images.
The area around DC’s iconic monuments, the Lincoln, Korean and Vietnam Memorials, visited by 20 million people per year, is fertile ground for street photography.
By embracing the chaos of daily life and applying principles of layering, composition, decisive moments and other elements that go into making interesting images, you’ll be able to tell the story not only of the places we visit but of those people visiting as well.
During this four-hour photo workshop taught by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Essdras Suarez, you’ll learn how to see the world around anew. We’ll achieve this by observing human interaction as well as how people relate to their surroundings. We’ll play close attention to the quality of light as it strikes people and inert structures; thus affecting the feel of a photograph. We will also capture those candid moments that tell a story of human relationships.
Es, Thanks again for yesterday. It was one of the most enlightening photography experiences I’ve had. I’ll definitely be looking at everything from different perspectives from now on. ~ Bob Steinberg
"Thank you for teaching such a great class on Saturday! I appreciate that you were so generous with your knowledge. You helped me not only get some good shots on Saturday, but taught so many useful skills that will help me with my development as a photographer. Again, thank you." ~ Bob
"Thanks again for being such a great safari leader. I truly enjoyed watching how you make the subjects of your images feel comfortable and the camera technique instruction will be very valuable when I go out to shoot fairs and other events." ~ Joy
"Essdras, THANK YOU SO MUCH for today's street photography workshop. I learned more today than I have in almost anything other workshop or class I've been a part of. Your eye and attention to details are really amazing. My body is a little sore and tired, but my mind is racing with all of the things you said and talked about. I hope you will be doing more workshops in the future." ~ Fred
"Today was literally life-changing. This was the perfect safari at the perfect time--exactly what I needed for my personal and professional shooting. " ~ Pam W.
Requirements to attend this street photography workshop:
Remember, this is a workshop to deepen your understanding of street photography so that you will come back from your travels with unusual iconic images to share with your family and friends.
The workshop will begin with a 40-minute presentation on street photography technique, followed by a 3.5 hour walk around the Lincoln, Korea, and Vietnam memorials during which Mr. Suarez will work with each client individually in capturing unusual and artistically composed images.
Meet at the base of the Albert Einstein Statue at 22nd and Constitution Ave NW. Address is 2151 Constitution Ave NW. Closest Metro is Foggy Bottom on Blue/Orange /Silver Lines.
Essdras M Suarez is a Pulitzer Prize-winner photographer based in Alexandria, VA and has had his images published in National Geographic, Time Magazine, NY Times, the Washington Post and many other publications.
He was a staff photographer at the Boston Globe until 2014. While there, he received national and international accolades for his coverage of stories such as the Boston Bombing Marathon, which earned him to share in the 2013 Spot News Pulitzer. He also covered national stories such as Newton Massacre, Tsunami aftermath, and Columbine Shooting where he earned his first Pulitzer. He is also well known and awarded for his portrait and travel photography.
Early in his career as a photojournalist Suarez was well known as one of Nikon Legends. He is also a USDOS expert speaker in Photojournalism specializing in Latin America and he has worked in over 50 countries. He currently teaches photo workshops nationally and internationally with regular monthly workshops in Cuba from Nov-May.
In 2015, he became the Chief photographer for Million Eyez, an internet-based platform that allows photographers to input their photos into live articles.
Essdras was born in Panama and has been married for 25 years. He is a Bachelor of Science in Journalism graduate of the University of Florida, which also granted him an Alumnus of Distinction award in 2010.