OBSERVE DALLAS & BUTLER BROTHERS BUILDING ANNOUNCES 2017 PROGRAMMING WITH MASTER CLASS WORKSHOP

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OBSERVE DALLAS & BUTLER BROTHERS BUILDING ANNOUNCES 2017 PROGRAMMING WITH MASTER CLASS WORKSHOP

Photojournalist/street photographer Richard Andrew Sharum invites local photographers to attend documentary style street photography class Oct. 23 to Oct. 27 with a reception on Oct. 28

(DALLAS, September 2017; source: CultureHype) – Dallas photographers are invited to attend a special Master Class Workshop this October, sponsored and hosted by #ObserveDallas2017 and Butler Brothers Building, as an extension of the annual Observe Dallas downtown photography project, now in its fourth year. Known for a personal oasis in the middle of an urban hustle and bustle, BBB is about soul, location and gut feeling of creatives. Taught by photojournalist/street photographer Richard Andrew Sharum, the creative mind behind #ObserveDallas2017, the workshop will take place this October in efforts to foster a robust documentary style street photography community here in Dallas-Fort Worth and encourage the community to create more public art that the general public can engage with on a regular basis. The Butler Brothers Building is located at 500 S. Ervay St., Dallas, Texas 75201.

Photographers ages 18 and up are encouraged to apply and the class is limited to 20 students. To reserve your space as a student for the Observe Dallas Master Class Workshop this October, you must apply by midnight on Monday, Oct. 16. Interested parties can find more information about applying here online and the cost is $185 per student. The Observe Dallas Master Class Workshop will begin at 10 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 23 and ends at 3 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 27, followed by a free and open to the public after party and student exhibition at the Butler Brothers Building on Saturday, Oct. 28 from 6 to 10 p.m. in the artist area and poolside. Live vocalist Madilyn Brynn will perform while attendees mix and mingle over champagne and appetizers indoors while custom cocktails and tapas are served at the pool with a special DJ set.

"Now in its fourth year, Observe Dallas project continues with another workshop in Downtown Dallas for those interested in expanding their practice in Documentary Photojournalism and/or Street Photography in the DFW area,” said Sharum. “The aim of the workshop is to help students develop their personal projects through individual tutorials, mini assignments, experimentation, and group reviews. The course is aimed at photographers with an ongoing body of work, or with the goal of creating one. This intensive masterclass will challenge, guide, and push students to make new responses to their ideas and seek out visual stories in DFW."

Aiming to assist students in developing their personal projects through individual tutorials, mini assignments, experimentation, and group reviews, the Observe Dallas Master Class Workshop is aimed at photographers with an ongoing body of work. By challenging, guiding and pushing students to explore new responses to their ideas and seek out visual stories in Dallas, Sharum hopes to foster a robust documentary-style street photography community here in Dallas-Fort Worth and further define each participant’s visual language and unique photographic approach. Students will be encouraged to approach image-making and storytelling in new and exciting ways in a collaborative classroom environment.

“To photograph is to learn and to share it is to show the world what you learned,” said Sharum. “This is the responsibility of documentary-style street photography. There are wonderful and intriguing stories that happen in this city every day. It is time to see what other local photographers can do to contribute to the bigger discussion, and how they in turn Observe Dallas.”

Click here to watch last year’s slideshow, compiling work from 18 #ObserveDallas2016 Master Class students. 

About #ObserveDallas:

Last spring, Dallas residents, and visitors were invited to interact with and embrace public art as photographer Sharum teamed up with five downtown building owners to launch the largest street photography exhibit in Dallas history from April 10 to May 31. This groundbreaking series documented and celebrated the citizens and structures of downtown Dallas as it depicted everyday life in the area. The photographs, the largest print spanning 40 feet long by 60 feet wide, were installed at five prominent downtown buildings in a free and open to the public photography exhibition. By draping eight large-scale photographs in common areas downtown, #ObserveDallas2015 sought to bring light to a spectrum of all walks of life, without discrimination. The exhibition was funded by Sharum and a grant from the Office of Cultural Affairs in Dallas. For more information on #ObserveDallas, please visit the photographer’s Facebook at www.facebook.com/alldaylightisolderthanyou, Instagram at www.instagram.com/richard_andrew_sharum, or Twitter at @rasphotographer.

About Butler Brothers Building:

The Butler Brothers Building is a unique sort of social and living destination that breaks the rules of average downtown-living. Known as a personal oasis in the middle of an urban hustle and bustle, BBB is about soul, location, and gut feeling. It is home to an urban-dwelling creative (broad definition) class of people where they can waltz into BBB and experience a familiar kind of comfort: The light will be dim, the furniture will be plush and balding, the music will awaken your senses, and the statement eyewear will be ubiquitous. For more information about Butler Brothers Building, please visit www.butlerbrothersbuilding.com.

About Photojournalist/Street Photographer Richard Andrew Sharum:

Richard Andrew Sharum is a Dallas-based photographer whose range varies from documentary photojournalism to abstract minimalism. In recognition of Sharum's work on his downtown street photography, he was selected among international applicants by Magnum Photos (Paris) for the coveted Masterclass Grant with Jonas Bendiksen during HOST at FOTOGRAFIA EUROPEA 2014 in Reggio Emilia, Italy, and for the Magnum Photos (New York) Masterclass with Moises Saman and Abbas in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Both resulted in public exhibitions of his work in each respective city. Sharum's work has been included in several private and public collections across the country, including commissions by The Meadows Foundation, Harvard Law School, Children’s Medical Center (Oncology), Children’s Cancer Fund, Angel Flight, Notre Dame School for the Mentally Ill, and Austin Street Homeless Shelter. His work has been seen in various national publications, such as D Magazine, International Business Times Weekly and The Wall Street Journal. For more information about Richard Andrew Sharum, please visit www.richardandrewsharum.com

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