Seeing Boston With Stella Johnson: March 8-10, 2019

Jan 16, 2019  By Richard Rejino

Join the Leica Akademie in Boston for a three day “Learning to See” workshop with Master photographer Stella Johnson.

This workshop will help students learn to see and photograph the extraordinary in their ordinary, everyday experiences. You will learn to make compelling images within one city block or at the Museum of Fine Arts, the Institute for Contemporary Art, the Gardner Museum and on the train traveling to these locations from Park Plaza. It will be great mixing art with image-making. We will be looking at light, composition, color, texture and moment while photographing interior and exterior landscapes. Students will learn to see light and the city of Boston in a new way. The class will participate in two critique sessions, enhancing your ability to look at and talk about what makes a strong image so interesting.


  • Introduction to Stella’s photographic approach
  • Light and Moment
  • Shape and Form
  • Waiting, Looking, Turning Around
  • Arriving before and staying until after the action or event
  • Pre-visualizing the result
  • Sequencing importance
  • The Art of Editing


Friday – 2:00pm – 6:00pm

Saturday – 10:00am – 5:00pm

Sunday – 11:00am – 5:00pm

This workshop is open to all levels of photographers who are keen to grow their skill set.

*A Leica Camera is not required for this class.  Students must have a basic or intermediate operational knowledge of their camera.  An assortment of Leica Cameras will be available on loan to try out.

Stella Johnson is a photographer and educator known for her passionate and honest documentary projects. She received a Core Fulbright Scholar Grant to photograph in Mexico in 2003, and Fulbright Senior Specialist grants to teach in Mexico in 2006 and in Colombia in 2018. The University of Maine Press published her monograph, Al Sol: Photographs from Mexico, Cameroon and Nicaragua in 2008. Johnson’s photographs have been widely exhibited in the United States and internationally. A dedicated educator, Johnson holds teaching positions at Boston University and Lesley University College of Art and Design. She also teaches workshops in Greece, Cuba, and Mexico. She was a 2013 finalist for the Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellowship, Photolucida Critical Mass Top 50, and a nominee for the Boston Foundation’s Brother Thomas Fellowship. Johnson’s work has received numerous honors including a New England Foundation for the Arts Cultural Collaborative
Artist-in-Residence Grant and Julia Margaret Cameron Award.

Johnson holds a BFA from The San Francisco Art Institute and an MS in Journalism from Boston University. Her work is held in public collections including The DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, The Haggerty Museum of Art, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, The Portland Museum of Art, and The Southeast Museum of Photography, among others.

Students will be asked to bring a selection of images or prints for review with Stella on Friday.

The workshop cost $799.99.

Click Here to register!

Richard Rejino
Richard is the Executive Director of LHSA - The International Leica Society and a part-time professional photographer. He is also a classically trained pianist, writer and published author. His book, "What Music Means to Me" is available from Hal Leonard Corporation.

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