Wandering in the Company of Strangers Workshop Series 2009-2010

Instructors: Emilio Bañuelos and Ibarionex Perello

in collaboration with:
Jennifer Ahn, Carlos Araujo, Empire Seven Studios, San Jose, CA
Ricardo Guzman, Casa Escorza, Guadalajara, MX
Ray Potes, Hamburger Eyes, San Francisco, CA
Ibarionex Perello, The Candid Frame, Los Angeles, CA
Jorge Barragan and Sergio Garibay, La Caja Magica, Guadalajara, MX

Wandering in the Company of Strangers: the (Sub)Urban Portrait

Black Boots Ink invites you to wander with us on the first annual, traveling, project-based workshop and exhibit introducing you to your neighbor.

The (Sub)Urban Portait is the focus of the workshop series Wandering in the Company of Strangers. The emphasis of this workshop is on creating an opportunity for people to learn and practice skills that will help them document their own communities. Workshop sessions are designed for practical use with personalized working critiques centering on the work you create and instruction for photographing how people inhabit, use and exist within their communities. It’s often how life is lived, particularly in very public venues, be it a market, a church, a park.

We will discuss ways to use the camera to give voice to a community by approaching people, building relationships, and making insightful images in their natural environment. We will also discuss ethics and responsibilities, light and composition and equipment choices. The purpose of this workshop series is to help you understand the narrative, aesthetic, and emotional aspects of photography.

Each day is divided between classroom instruction, discussions, personal and group critiques and fieldwork. Participants may work in black and white or color c-41 film or digital. Enrollment is open to amateur and professional photographers.

Our vision is to make urban portraits as a means of visual introductions of people from one city to people in different cities. Our goal is to return the portraits of the public, to the public; to make art accessible in comfortable venues by combining the work from each workshop in a book, exhibitions, online, and on the streets and other places where people gather to live.


Guadalajara, November 29, 2009
Black Boots Ink Last Sunday Collaborative
The project begins in Guadalajara, with the participation of local writers and photographers.

San Francisco, Jan. 22 – 24, 2010
Special Guest Presenter: Ray Potes
The third, workshop will be hosted by Hamburger Eyes in San Francisco. An exhibit in the Mission District will include the work from Guadalajara and San Francsico.

Los Angeles, Jan. 30 – Feb. 1, 2010
Special Guest Presenter: Ibarionex Perello
The Candid Frame will host the final California workshop. A public exhibition will include the portraits from Guadalajara, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.

Guadalajara, February, 13, 20 & 27, 2010
Special Guest Presenter: Ricardo Guzman
We will conclude the project hosted by Casa Escorza on Februry 13, 20 & 27, in Guadalajara, Mexico. The final exhibit will be a culmination of work from San Francisco, Los Angeles and Guadalajara.

An edit of the final images will also be published as a BLURB book and online www.blackbootsink.com as Wandering in the Company of Strangers with literary portraits by Angie Zuno, J. Eduardo Barragan, Ibarionex Perello.

Any questions please contact us blackbootsink@gmail.com