Thursday, December 15, 2011

Iris PhotoCollective Visual Lab

By Al Diaz
The professor. That’s what I call Carl Juste now that I witnessed him deliver a passionate sermon on the importance of photojournalism at Iris PhotoCollective Visual Lab in Miami’s Little Haiti. His students, a diverse and talented group of photo enthusiasts to emerging photographers ranged in age from 12 to adults.

Carl asked me to present my work and demonstrate some of the Think Tank Photo products I use. Several IPC Visual Lab students, including Rubyann Smith-Hernandez and Nanci Thomas, were delighted to walk away with free Pixel Pocket Rockets provided by sponsor Think Tank Photo!
IPC Visual Lab offers a unique photography course that examines visual storytelling in the classical vein of photojournalism. Weekly classes run Saturdays starting March 24th at the Little Haiti Cultural Center. Open house will be held March 10th. 

The first six to apply for the next ten-week photography course will receive a free Think Tank Photo product.

Courses are held at Little Haiti Cultural Center at 212 NE 59th Terrace, Miami, Florida 33137. For more information please email instructor Carl Juste at

IPC Visual Lab is a partnership among Iris Foundation, Iris PhotoCollective, and the Little Haiti Cultural Center.

Its main target audiences are both children and adults who are engaged and interested in enhancing their knowledge of the visual language of photojournalism.

Students will examine the work of photographers like Gordon Parks, Mary Ellen Mark, and Eugene Smith, discuss techniques and strategies used in the creation of picture in terms of essays and stories.

Through collaborative exercises, discussions, critiques, and lectures, students will develop the skills necessary to reveal a strong photographic narrative using their own visual voice.