The only way to truly capture the heart and soul of a city is to immerse yourself in it. Why be a bystander watching history pass you by when you can be in the middle of it, photographing the magic up close?
From the charming streets of Uptown to the magic of the historic French Quarter, New Orleans is known around the world for it’s iconic music, extraordinary food, and vibrant street culture. It is no wonder why New Orleans is revered as a street photographer’s walking dream. I am and will forever be grateful to call the City of New Orleans my home, as it has given me inspiration and purpose to create some of my most compelling photographs that tell the deepest and most touching stories.
From my experience, great documentary photography is all about the relationships. Being present as a witness to document these precious moments to tell these stories would never have the effect it does without the relationships made with the cultural makers and doers of the community. I strive to empower my subjects by crediting them in print and online use, in addition to supplying them a digital and/or print image. I feel this is the most effective way we can give back to those we photograph and continue to strengthen the relationship between photographer and subject.
It is with this philosophy that I have created The New Orleans Photography Experience Workshop. This workshop is the culmination of my 20 years of creative exploration, visual storytelling, photography education, and relationship building resulting in a one of a kind photography workshop offered nowhere else in the world. This workshop will be used as a platform to show how working with your subjects as collaborators within their intimate environment can create more effective and empowering photography.
My goal has always been to empower a culture of technically sound photographers who shoot with intention and purpose. If I can make one person see the reward of storytelling through empathy and “giving back” I have done my job in completing the circle of knowledge, mentorship, and service. – Zack
Zack Smith is a photographer, producer and educator in New Orleans, LA. Zack’s studio on Magazine Street is a full service studio for business headshots, lifestyle branding, and photography workshops.
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