2020 ONLINE MENTORSHIP PROGRAM
*APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN*
DAH in Havana Cuba, 2017. Photo by Christopher Michel
“Nothing can beat a long term mentorship program when you are looking for practical results. In my in-person workshops, I can get people started. With six months I can actually get you to finish something significant—something of value. A life changer.
I wasn’t sure how online mentoring would go when I did my first class in 2018 as I’m so used to in-person critique. So I was skeptical at the start. Yet I found it exceptionally rewarding and productive.
The reality is that many are not in a position to travel to one of my in-person workshops for any number of reasons. Scheduling, jobs, school, family, and travel expense.
The online mentoring not only solves a lot of those problems but also has students all over the world shooting a wide variety of stories. I tell everyone anyway, if you can’t shoot in your own backyard then you can’t shoot in someone else’s. Please check out my last mentoring group and you will see exactly what I mean. Read the bios, see the work. Join me if this seems like the right fit for you.”
This 6-month long program includes:
Monthly Group Critiques. This is the heartbeat of the program. Where we all learn from each other. This is moment of truth time. A review/critique and accountability with your personal project. We expect this will last about 4-5 hours per session. All sessions will be recorded for your archives.
One hour One-on-One Zoom/Video sessions with David. This is where the online mentoring totally exceeds in value. This private time with David each month to discuss your project, ambitions and how to achieve them is where the big changes happen. You will receive all the personal mentoring you desire. That is the whole point.
1 Printed Zine a tight edit of the work you created during the 6 months class in a collaborative zine..This should be one of the highlights of our time together and a permanent marker for you.
Guest Speakers – This is spontaneous. Surprise guests. Well known photographers, photo editors or book designers. I do not ever want to make promises I cannot keep, yet every workshop I have done so far has had these pro jams. Invaluable.
A final presentation of student work online and tagged in David’s social media.
Student Limit: 10
Investment: $ 4,600
Start date: April 1 2020 .
Portfolio Review (20 to 30 photographs) & Interview Required.
$100 non-refundable Interview / Application fee credited toward deposit.
Deposit* of $1000 required to hold your spot ($900 after application fee).
Balance* due prior to first meeting.
* Payments are not refundable *
David has a unique talent for teaching. I have found myself inspired and encouraged by his brilliance, generosity, and courageous sincerity. He will challenge you to further build on your genuine and authentic strengths, which will help you tackle the complexities of life within your artistic and professional goals. He has been my mentor for several years and I have taken huge strides under his guidance…which is why I am grateful for David’s vital role in what will soon be my first photography book.
– Maria Daniel Balcazar
Within what felt like an instant, David hones in on the areas where I needed the most guidance. He helped me address and push through issues I was not even aware I had. His mentorship has changed not only my photography, but how I view my work in the context of my life. I am forever grateful to him for all that I have learned, his time, energy, and the continued interest and support he shows in my work and my progress as a photographer An opportunity to learn from him his priceless.
– Lauren Koplowitz