Impasse © Susan Burnstine

Defining the Personal Narrative with Susan Burnstine Workshop

Date: Saturday, April 23 and Sunday, April 24, 2016
Time: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Cost: Early Bird – Before April 1: $350; After April 1: $395
Location: Raleigh Studios, 5300 Melrose Ave. Hollywood, California
Tickets: Can be purchased through Eventbrite.

This two-day workshop focuses on exploring and realizing individual narratives through the power of the still image. Using metaphor, symbolism and personal stories participants will learn to articulate and refine their vision in any genre of the medium, whether that be landscapes, portraits, still life, nature, abstract, photojournalism, self-portrait or documentary. As photographers, our images are deeply rooted in personal emotion despite being self-created or found scenarios. The aim of this workshop is to guide photographers to become emotionally connected to each image they create, and to convey their vision in a meaningful, honest and consistent manner.

Bridge To Nowhere © Susan Burnstine

Bridge To Nowhere © Susan Burnstine

Participants will explore their own personal narratives, aesthetics and psychology in image making. Through practical demonstrations, creative exercises, group discussions, shooting assignments and portfolio reviews, photographers will leave the workshop encouraged and inspired to grow to the next level of their creative potential. Additional topics will include, long term project development, techniques, editing portfolios, marketing, publishing and exhibitions.

Join Susan for a rich exploration of the self, as we harness the power of photography to realize individual narratives.

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About Susan Burnstine

Susan Burnstine is an award-winning fine art and commercial photographer originally from Chicago now based in Los Angeles. Susan is represented in galleries across the world, widely published, teaches workshops internationally, and has also written for several photography magazines, including a monthly column for Black & White Photography Magazine (UK). Damiani Editore will publish Susan’s second book, Absence of Being, this fall. Her web site is

Around The Bend © Susan Burnstine

Around The Bend © Susan Burnstine


In The Midst © Susan Burnstine

In The Midst © Susan Burnstine


Impasse © Susan Burnstine

Impasse © Susan Burnstine

Syria, Aleppo, 2013 © Moises Saman/Magnum Photos

Photo Independent and Magnum Photos Present Los Angeles Workshops with Constantine Manos, Bruce Gilden and Moises Saman

Photo Independent is proud to announce a partnership with Magnum Photos. For nearly seventy years, Magnum’s international photographers have chronicled the world; interpreting its environment, people and events and helping to shape documentary photography as a modern form of artistic expression.

Magnum WorshopsPhoto Independent is championing a new generation of photographers creating pathways; helping to forge new careers. A partnership with Magnum is a great way to do that. Fostering the work of mid-career photographic artists, these Magnum and Photo Independent programs highlight and nurture the work of up and coming emerging artists as well.

Photo Independent has teamed up with Magnum to offer a brand new program of professional development workshops, April 18-22, 2016. Taught by leading Magnum photographers and industry professionals, the program presents incredible training opportunities for innovative photography professionals.

Aimed at photographers with a good understanding of photographic practice, each Magnum photographer will lead their groups through a daily program of shooting, reviews, group critiques, mentoring, editing sessions and the opportunity to learn amongst peers. Students will spend the five days alongside their selected photographer developing visual language, photographic identity, practical, technical and conceptual skills and the expertise required to compete in a changing marketplace. Participants will be asked to approach a photographic story in Los Angeles or the surrounding area. Upon acceptance, students will be emailed a welcome package with directives from their instructor as well as pertinent details about the workshop and information on traveling to and working in Los Angeles.

The initial workshops will be lead by prominent Magnum photographers Constantine Manos, Moises Saman and Bruce Gilden. Each photographer will lead students through a focused program:

Constantine Manos: The Extraordinary and The Everyday

The primary mission of this workshop is to teach precise techniques for photographing in the public domain unobtrusively at close range – combining people, place, and moment in unique images. Students will strive to capture magic moments that make complex statements and reflect your personal feelings toward the subject matter.

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Daytona Beach, Florida, 1997 © Constantine Manos/Magnum Photos

Daytona Beach, Florida, 1997 © Constantine Manos/Magnum Photos

Moises Saman: Visual Storytelling

This intensive five day program designed to guide and encourage photographers in refining visual narratives in the Magnum tradition of documentary storytelling.

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Syria, Aleppo, 2013 © Moises Saman/Magnum Photos

Syria, Aleppo, 2013 © Moises Saman/Magnum Photos

Bruce Gilden: Be Yourself

Open to both passionate amateurs and professionals, Bruce Gilden’s workshop will help you define your personal vision, sharing with you his own experience and the principles that have guided his career.

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Las Vegas, Nevada, 2014 © Bruce Gilden/Magnum Photos

Las Vegas, Nevada, 2014 © Bruce Gilden/Magnum Photos

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Celebrating a Successful Inaugural Edition

From April 25-27, the Los Angeles art community celebrated the inaugural debut of Photo Independent with great enthusiasm and support. Garnering notable attention, the highly successful art fair boasted a non-traditional approach, exhibiting the works of both represented and non-gallery represented photographers from around the globe. Amidst the backdrop of one of Hollywood’s most historical studio lots, the curated work of over 70 independent artists adorned the walls inside two full sound stages at Raleigh Studios, Hollywood. Additionally, select galleries and collectives exhibited work by prominent local and international artists completing a roster that reflected today’s diverse photographic landscape.

Enter, 2011. ©Katerina Belkina. Presented by Duncan Miller Gallery.

Enter, 2011. ©Katerina Belkina. Presented by Duncan Miller Gallery.

“Photo Independent was a very good first experience for us in the US market,” noted Lebanon artist Fares Jammal. “The fair provided us with a window for meeting art professionals in a beautifully organized setup.”

Among the numerous highlights from this year’s fair was Photo Independent and Fabrik Magazine’s showcase of the iconic, winning pieces from AX3 (American Aperture Awards) as well as a rare photographic exhibition by 2014 Honoree Andy Summers from the band The Police. Both exhibitions incited great anticipation and enthusiasm from art professionals around the world.

Photo Independent commenced with an opening night party benefiting the Los Angeles Art Association and featuring performance art by Tiffany Trenda, music by KCRW DJRaul Campos, and beverages sponsored by Koval Distillery, Dark Horse Winery, Angel City Brewery, and Perrier. Visitors included top gallerists, museum directors, avid collectors, curators, art critics, and photography aficionados.  In all, Photo Independent hosted thousands of guests throughout the weekend who attended exhibitions, curated tours and lectures, and the opening night party, garnering strong sales and interest that exceeded expectations.

“Photo Independent was the opportunity for me to enter the professional world of photography collectors, gallerists, curators and other serious photographers who value the art of photography and are willing to pay for it,” remarked artist Felice Willat of California.

Many artists found great success in gaining exposure and acquiring sales. Amongst the top sellers were artists Tatiana Botton (Los Angeles/Hawaii), Antoine Rose (Belgium), Laurent Maes (Belgium), Torrie Groening (Canada), and Doug Menuez (New York).

As the first photographer-only art fair showcasing fine art photographers, Photo Independent’s mission is to provide a unique forum of exchange between photographers and art professionals through exhibitions and specialized programs. Artists including prominent California photographer Elisabeth Sunday showed her enthusiasm for this mission remarking, “I love Photo Independent! I believe artists should develop their own lists of contacts and collectors to empower themselves so they can become less reliant on dealers and galleries for their livelihoods.”

The fair is pleased to announce the second edition of Photo Independent will be returning to Raleigh Studios and taking place May 1-3, 2015.

2014 Exhibitor List Announced

With over 70 exhibitors from around the globe, we are excited to announce the following exhibiting photographers for the 2014 Photo Independent Art Fair:

Adam Moskowitz, Los Angeles
Ahree Lee, Los Angeles
Allen Dutton, Los Angeles
Antoine Rose, Belgium
Bill Hornaday, Los Angeles
Bob Francis, Hermosa Beach, California
Boopsedaisy, Australia
Brian Goodman, Los Angeles
Christopher Colville, Arizona
Christopher Kennedy, Pennsylvania
Claire Mallett, Los Angeles
Damian Siqueiros, Canada
Dave Naz, Los Angeles
Doug Menuez, New York
Drew Klausner, San Rafael, California
Ed Fox, Los Angeles
Edward Burden, New York
Elisabeth Sunday, Oakland, California
Eric Kroll, Los Angeles
Fares Jammal & Wissam Moubarak, Lebanon
Felice Willat, Santa Barbara, California
Glen Wexler, Los Angeles
Helen K. Garber, Venice, California
Ian Provest, Australia
J.T. Burke, Los Angeles
James B. Guthrie, San Diego, California
Jamie Johnson, Los Angeles
Javiera Estrada, Los Angeles
Jennifer Griffiths, Laguna Beach, California
Jerry Weber, Los Angeles
Jessie Chaney, Venice, California
John Colao, Los Angeles
Joseph B. Bornilla, Los Angeles
Judith Stenneken, New York
Karen Bystedt, Los Angeles

Katerina Belkina, Russia
Laura Parker, Los Angeles
Laurent Maes, Belgium
Lekha Singh, Los Angeles
Lisa S. Johnson, Nevada
Marcel del Castillo, Venezuela
Marjorie Salvaterra, Los Angeles
Maureen J. Haldeman, Los Angeles
Michael Grecco, Los Angeles
Michael B. Wood, Los Angeles
Nancy Macko, Claremont, California
Nick Veasey, Great Britain
Ole Marius Joergensen, Norway
Philipp Scholz Rittermann, San Diego, California
Reisig and Taylor Photography, Los Angeles
Richard Upper, Los Angeles
Rico Mandel, Los Angeles
Robert Adler, Los Angeles
Robert Tamara, Netherlands
Sarah Hadley, Los Angeles
Scott Lerman, New York
Sol Hill, Santa Barbara, California
Steve Diet Goedde, Los Angeles
Susan Burnstine, Los Angeles
Susan Keiser, New York
Susan Swihart, Los Angeles
Sven Dreesbach, Los Angeles
Takeo Hayano, Japan
Tami Bahat, Los Angeles
Tatiana Botton, Los Angeles
Tina Psoinos, New York
Torrie Groening, Canada
Victor Lightworship, Los Angeles
Wally Gilbert, Cambridge, MA
William Berry, Los Angeles

We also welcome honorary guest, artist and musician, Andy Summers from the globally recognized band, The Police, presenting a special exhibition titled “Mysterious Barricades.” Summers has also been named the Guest of Honor at the Photo Independent Opening Night Preview benefitting the Los Angeles Art Association on April 25 from 7pm-10pm.

Photo Independent will showcase Special Exhibitions from the following partners and organizations:

  • Robert Heinecken’s, “Venus Mirrored”, 1968. Presented by Medicines Global
  • Los Angeles Art Association
  • American Aperture Awards (AX3) Photography Competition
  • Coagula Curatorial
  • Curatorial Assistance, Art & Exhibition Services
  • Off The Wall Magazine
  • Treats Magazine


2014 Honorary Guest, Andy Summers

Rain © Andy Summers

Rain © Andy Summers

Photo Independent proudly announces artist, Andy Summers as the honorary guest and special exhibition Mysterious Barricades, for it’s inaugural debut this April 25-27, 2014.

Mysterious Barricades, 2014

Andy Summers has been a visual artist for as long as he has been playing the guitar. First taking his camera on the road with The Police, his photographic practice grew into a continuously evolving body of work. From the beginning, he has been drawn to the mysterious and ambiguous; from capturing the alienation and absurdity of life on the road, to exploring the far off worlds encountered on his tours and travels, always seeking the entry point at the edge of perception and understanding.

Mysterious Barricades explores the surreal and landscape of the unfamiliar, challenging the barriers of that which is unknowable in the unknown. It is a story of the odd, exotic, and remarkable moment, transformed by the blind vision of the other into artistic expression.

In Andy Summers visual interpretation, obscure changing environments and cultures comes into focus, captured as raw moments, immediate feelings, and a seeing into the elusive essence of the other world. His works seek out the dialectic of nearness and distance, both clear and diffuse, in the deep night blacks of cities such as Tokyo, Beijing, London and Rome.

In Mysterious Barricades, Andy Summers breaks through the barricades of the unfamiliar, to see in a way that only the stranger can see, free from context and conditioning, sharing a blind vision with the observer. This photographic collection seeks the idea of the ambiguous like atonal music, breaking conventional harmonies. It is a solitary song, tapping into the inner voice; a visual journey through focal points that obstruct, through fragments of a moment—random but intimate—pulling energy from the enigmatic to explore the labyrinth inside.

On View
April 25-27, 2014
Photo Independent Art Fair
Raleigh Studios, Hollywood

Doug Menuez Takes Us Inside the “Digital Revolution”

In the last decades of the 20th century, Doug Menuez, a renowned American photographer, documented Steve Jobs, John Sculley, Bill Gates and other leading innovators of the digital revolution as they invented new technology that reshaped our world. His photographs reveal an idealistic tribe whose efforts sparked an explosion of innovation creating millions of jobs and massive worldwide wealth.

In 1985, when Steve Jobs was ousted from Apple, Menuez reached out to document his fall from grace and imminent return to the spotlight for LIFE magazine.  As Jobs and his team began building the next computer, it was expected that his comeback would be quick and even more impactful than ever before.

With money being secondary to their mission, Jobs and his team made extreme sacrifices for the sake of their work. After a flurry of failed marriages, ruined careers and even a suicide, the project became a reflection of the tumultuous, deeply competitive, and often dark side of Silicon Valley.

Menuez’s collection of work, Fearless Genius, is a reflection of his own personal journey as a naive witness to the revolution, documenting this “idealistic tribe” willing to sacrifice anything to invent the impossible and change our way of life forever. Through still photographs, Menuez takes us into a complex, mostly unknown world.

“I tried to be unobtrusive and avoid impacting events I was observing,” remarked Menuez. “I began including a visual anthropology practice by photographing documents, graffiti, objects and other elements in environments that might provide clues about patterns of behavior that might help draw conclusions about this group and their culture. After a few months, I realized I was not able to remain objective about my subjects and determined my project was a personal interpretation and therefore subjective. This freed me from prior editorial constraints.”

Following a presentation of Menuez’s images at Photo Independent, a panel will explore issues the project raises about challenges to innovation we face today, especially in regards to education and investment.

Please join us to view Menuez’s work as well as to participate in discussing these and many other topical items at Photo Independent.

Exhibitor: Philipp Scholz Rittermann

With just under three weeks before the opening of Photo Independent, we are excited to announce a diverse line-up of some of today’s most innovative photographers. Our expert Selection Committee has been hard at work sorting through the numerous submissions and thoughtfully selecting this year’s exhibitors.

Recently, photographer Philipp Scholz Rittermann was selected to exhibit his work. Known for his plethora of environmental subjects ranging from nocturnal scenes of industry to views of pristine landscapes, Rittermann’s work is held in over one hundred public, private, and corporate collections from MoMA, New York to the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris, France. Rittermann was also honored with a mid-career survey at the Museum of Photographic Arts San Diego and has been teaching photography for over thirty years in the United States and abroad.

We invite you to view Rittermann’s most recent collection of work at Photo Independent.  For more information on Philipp Scholz Rittermann, please visit:

American Aperture Award (AX3) Winners to Exhibit at Photo Independent

The 2013 American Aperture Awards (AX3) is a global photography competition hosted by the creators of FABRIK magazine and Photo Independent. AX3 is a celebration of artists possessing an uncommon vision and was developed to recognize excellence and to honor advances in contemporary photography. Their goal is to celebrate the most iconic photos taken by new and emerging talent, as well as professionals from around the world and award their photographic insights. The annual competition is open to photographers of all backgrounds and from all regions of the globe.

This year, AX3 received over 1,100 entries from skilled photographers in 63 countries around the world. The expert panel of judges was tasked with the nearly impossible mission of narrowing down these entries to just four major winners and 51 winners in each additional category ranging from student abstract to mobile fashion and professional documentary.  The top four grand prize winners were photographers, Catherine Nelson from Australia, Mattia Passarini from Italy, Kelsey Walsh from Australia, and Nettie Edwards from the UK.

We are thrilled to announce that the winning images from this year’s competition will be displayed for the first time at Photo Independent.  The exhibition includes the work of this year’s 46 winners reflecting the global landscape of photography today. Below is a sampling of work that will be exhibited.

For more information about the American Aperture Awards and for the complete list of winners, please visit:

Raleigh Studios, Hollywood

Raleigh Studios Chosen for Photo Independent’s Debut!

Photo Independent is thrilled to announce its partnership with Raleigh Studios, Hollywood as the confirmed venue for the first annual Fair.

With an abundance of venues to choose from in Los Angeles, Raleigh Studios surpassed competitors for its location (with its proximity to Paramount Studios), its world renowned, innovative space, and its rich history in Hollywood. Originally founded by Adolph Zukor as the Famous Players Fiction Studio in 1912, the Hollywood flagship and worldwide headquarters is the oldest independent studio in continuous operation in the country.

Among many things, it was this independent history/spirit that convinced us to select Raleigh Studios as the venue for Photo Independent. It has seen many changes over the years, but remains an independent entity with strong ties to the entertainment and art industry.

The studio passed through a number of hands and operated under several different names during its colorful history. Some of the industry’s most influential leaders have called the lot home, including Douglas Fairbanks, Lillian and Dorothy Gish, Walt Disney, Bette Davis, and Jim Henson and the Henson Companies.

Raleigh Studios has played a central role in creating and supporting the modern entertainment industry and playing host to infamous events and large-scale productions. With seven locations throughout the world and managing over 2.5 million square feet of studio and production support space, Raleigh Studios is the largest independent studio operator in the country and an ideal venue for Photo Independent.

With an estimated visitor count in the thousands, Photo Independent will make use of Raleigh Studios’ massive layout including its several private screening rooms, which will host our lecture, panel, and discussion series. We are eager to transform Raleigh Studios into modern exhibition spaces and interactive galleries.

Although Raleigh Studios has seen many changes over the years, one thing has remained constant, its commitment to assisting leaders in visual arts and playing host to Hollywood’s most promising visual talent.

For directions and parking information, please visit our Visitors page.

2014 Selection Committee Announced

The 2014 Photo Independent selection committee is comprised of prominent photography curators and gallerists. Read more