The Journey

Location:
Sony Digital Media Production Center
2706 Media Center Drive
Los Angeles, CA

Dates:
March 22-26, 2021

Cost:
$1750

Limited Enrollment:
15 spaces

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER 

Project Los Angeles 2021

Photographing Nonprofits

Join Momenta for our longest running West Coast workshop at the beautiful Sony Digital Media Center.  On this workshop program, we assign each student a different nonprofit or you can choose to find your own. Our nonprofit partners cover a range issues from human rights, animal rescue, racial equity, job training, immigration, and homeless outreach.

Today, the city is battling impact of COVID-19, as is the rest of the world. Our nonprofit partners are working tirelessly to support their city and, in 2021, they will need us more than ever to help tell their story.

You can be a force of change. On this inspirational workshop, you will be paired with a local nonprofit to create a powerful photo essay about their staff and all their efforts to fulfill their mission. The nonprofits benefit from your brilliant photos by using them to tell their story to the world and you will learn real-world skills on documenting humanitarian issues.

Our small group programs are personal and individualized. You’ll also have a full day of educational lectures, hands-on instruction to help improve your technical skills, as well as daily one-on-one editing sessions. We end our week together with a huge public slideshow party on Friday night to celebrate you and the amazing nonprofits from your projects!

Scroll down this page to learn about your instructors, the program, and read all the workshop details including our FAQs.


Use your Photography to Help Deserving Nonprofits

  • Our workshop HQ is the incredible Sony Digital Media Center
  • Use exceptional gear provided by our Official Camera Sponsor Sony
  • Lectures on portfolio building, business skills, workflow, marketing, & much more
  • 1-on-1 personalized editing for each student, every day
Be a Force of Change!

The Destination

Our nonprofit workshop in Los Angeles has become one of our most popular programs. The city is alive with nonprofit activity and has a diversity of cultures like no other place in America. Last year’s workshop created outstanding imagery and multimedia products for the local nonprofits and we are elated for the 2021 workshop when we can finally all be together again!

When you register for this workshop, Momenta will assign you or help you find a nonprofit organizations to work with in L.A. based on pre-workshop questionnaires. If you want to find your own nonprofit partner for the week, we think that’s a great learning experience. But don’t worry! If you choose this route, our staff will guide you every step of the way if you choose to find your own assignment.

One of the most exciting features of a Momenta Project workshop is the ability to use a loaner camera system from our Official Camera Sponsor, Sony. You will have the opportunity to take out a range of cameras and lens kits for your photo story on this workshop. If you have a Sony already, we likely will have some fun photo, audio or video gear you’ve never tried before to use with your own equipment. It’s a great chance to experience documentary photography and multimedia production in a whole new way. 

Every day of the workshop, Momenta instructors will help you develop a photo story close to your personal vision. We do this through daily 1-on-1 editing with you and an instructor for about one hour.  Lectures, portfolio presentations, and pre-recorded seminars will help round out the experience.

Our workshop experience ends with a final slideshow on Friday night where we invite the nonprofit staff, friends and family, the Sony team members on site as well as our students and staff. It’s a celebratory event that will live in your memory and your heart for years to come!

What To Expect

  • You will receive your own nonprofit to work with, based on feedback from our pre-workshop student questionnaire

  • Momenta handles all pre-workshop logistics for nonprofit assignments including introductions to your nonprofit assignment (appx 1-2 weeks before the workshop)

  • Your work benefits small, local nonprofits in their need to publicize & project their activities to new audiences

  • Momenta presents an intensive instruction on workflow, Photo Mechanic, & photo asset archiving

  • You can reserve a daily 1-on-1 editing for an hour with an instructor

  • Presentations including topics of narrative storytelling, elements of a photo story, & business skills

Meet Your LA Faculty & Guest Speakers

Allison Zaucha

Allison Zaucha is an independent award-winning photojournalist based in Los Angeles, California. She is passionate about working on social issues with a variety of news publications and nonprofit organizations. In addition, Allison loves developing meaningful storytelling campaigns with brands and commercial clients. She uses the camera as a means of connection, empowerment and understanding…

…In 2016, was chosen for American Photography 32. In 2018, she was nominated for PDN’s 30: New and Emerging Photographers to Watch in 2018, was chosen again for American Photography 34, and received second place in NPPA’s Northern Short Course contest for portraitureAllison is an alumni NYT Eddie Adam’s Workshop, Missouri Photo Workshop as Women Photograph’s scholarship winner, a selected attendee for the New York Time’s Portfolio Review, and Momenta Workshops.

Her select clients include Cosmopolitan, The Atlantic, Broadly, Life & Thyme, Kohler, Youtube, House Beer, sweetgreen, The Wing, International Rescue Committee, Harlem Lacrosse, and Travis Manion Foundation among others. In 2018, her work was published in the commemorative historical book Together We Rise: The Official Oral History of the Women’s March by the Organizers.

You can see more of Allison’s work at www.allisonzaucha.com or on Instagram at @allisonzaucha.

Dotan Saguy | Documentary Travel Photography, Photojournalism & Multimedia WorkshopsDotan Saguy

​Dotan Saguy was born in a small kibbutz five miles south of Israel’s Lebanese border. Dotan grew up in a diverse Parisian suburb, lived in Lower Manhattan during 9/11, and moved to Los Angeles in 2003.

Dotan’s work has been published by National Geographic, PDN, Leica Fotografie International, ABC News, has been exhibited in several galleries across Los Angeles and was awarded 1st place photo story from the nationwide Journalism Association of Community Colleges in 2016 and an honorable mention in the National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Award 2016…

In 2015, Dotan decided to focus on his lifelong passion for photography after a successful career as a high-tech entrepreneur. He is currently working on several long-term projects including an in-depth photo essay about the culture of Venice Beach and a photo documentary about the journey of people coming out of homelessness. Dotan lives in West Los Angeles with his wife and two children. You can see his work at http://www.dotansaguy.com.

Ibarionex Perello

Ibarionex Perello is a photographer, author and podcaster. He is the host and producer of The Candid Frame podcast, which for the past 13 years has featured conversations with some of the world’s best established and emerging photographers, including Joel Meyerowitz, Eli Reed, Mary Ellen Mark, Elliot Erwitt, and more.

Ibarionex is also the author or co-author of six books, including Chasing the Light: Improving Your Photography Using Available Light and Making Photographs: Developing a Personal Visual Workflow…

His photographs and articles have appeared in numerous publications and websites including Digital Photo Pro, Outdoor Photographer, Rangefinder, Shutterbug, and Popular Photography. You can find his books here, the podcast app for Android or iOS, and his website here.

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Workshop Fees Include: daily one-on-one editing with instructors, personal portfolio reviews, student handbook, all handouts and workshop materials, daily slideshows and lectures, software and equipment training, opening night dinner and a final celebration and slideshow provided by Momenta for the public at our headquarters at the Leica Store.

Workshop Fees Do Not Include: meals, transportation, hotel accommodations. Momenta does offer suggestions for housing and transportation deals in Los Angeles.

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