New Orleans Monochrom Workshop with Richard Sexton | October 27-30, 2022


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  • New Orleans Monochrom Workshop with Richard Sexton

    Join Leica Store Miami and fine art photographer Richard Sexton for a unique, small group Leica Monochrom workshop in New Orleans, Louisiana. 

    If you have always admired the tradition of black and white photography and the many great Leica photographers who are associated with that tradition, such as Cartier-Bresson, Alexander Rodchenko, Robert Frank, and Garry Winogrand, then this is a workshop designed to help you take your black/white photography to a higher level and to ensure you will get the most out of the Leica Monochrom.

    New Orleans provides an extraordinary setting in which to realize these goals—grand 19th century architecture, historic cemeteries filled with elaborate, above-ground tombs, the wildness of Bourbon Street, the nightlife of Frenchmen Street, jazz funerals, and more.

    “I fell in love with all the things that make New Orleans feel like a foreign city on American soil – a city that belongs to the U.S. only by the accidents of politics and history," Richard Sexton, from his book, “Creole World”.

    As a digital camera system devoted solely to black and white capture, Leica Monochrom cameras produce files with an analog character and subject rendering that cannot be replicated by any color digital camera. They are specialized photographic instrument that requires a unique approach when it comes to:

    • Capture: Learn a unique way of seeing the world in black and white employing pre-visualization and a commitment to black and white imaging before the fact, rather than after.
    • Color Filters: Learn how to use color filters to transpose color values to shades of grey which can improve your images at the time of capture.
    • Post Production: Using Adobe Lightroom to optimize the grayscale raw file.
    • Printing: Monochromatic printing is more subjective, more malleable, and more interpretive than color printing.

    Richard Sexton is a widely published and exhibited photographer, who is also a lifelong Leica photographer, beginning with a used M4 in the 1970s and continuing to the present day with the M10 Monochrom. Along with Richard, Leica Specialist Kirsten Vignes from Leica Store Miami will be on hand to give assistance and advice. She’ll share her favorite tips and tricks to getting the most out of this exceptional camera. Take a look at a few behind the scenes images from last year's workshop.

  • Itinerary:

    Thursday, October 27th

    • We will meet at Richard Sexton's live/workspace to kick off the workshop. We'll get to know each other, go over the workshop itinerary, look at prints, drink wine and have a catered group dinner.

      Friday, October 28th

      • Morning demo and location shoot at Crescent Park on the Mississippi River
      • Afternoon Lightroom session
      • Visit to the Historic New Orleans Collection of New Orleans to see Richard's gallery show, "Enigmatic Stream"
      • Visit to A Gallery in the French Quarter to look at famous prints by Bresson, Newton, Salgado and more
      • Night photography session in the French Quarter / Dinner out and about

      Saturday, October 29th

      • Group 1 printing session at Richard Sexton's live/workspace
      • Lunch 
      • Group 2 printing session at Richard's live/workspace
      • Visit to St. Roch Cemetery when your group is not printing
      • Photograph Halloween parades / Dinner out and about

      Sunday, October 30th

      • Morning shoot or final print/Q&A session
      • Farewell brunch
      • Departures

    • Class Size: Limited to 10 attendees

      What to Expect:

      • Learn how to attain proper exposure with a Monochrom.
      • Learn how to use color filters.
      • Learn how to see in black and white and what to look for.
      • Exclusive location shooting sessions. 
      • Adobe Lightroom & Photoshop processing sessions.
      • Create and take home one or more gallery quality prints.

      Who should attend this Workshop?

      This workshop is geared towards current Leica Monochrom owners or photographers who wish to try the Monochrom. We'll delve into the 40mp M10 Monochrom, the Q2 Monochrom, the M Monochrom (Typ 246) and the original M Monochrom. Anyone interested in black and white photography is also welcome to attend. Limited loaner Monochrom cameras and several lenses will be available to try during the workshop.


      Richard’s new live/workspace is located in the St. Claude neighborhood of New Orleans. We recommend Hotel Peter & Paul, a unique hotel that was recently renovated and the closest option to Richard's studio. AirBnBs are also readily available in that neighborhood.

      If you'd like to stay elsewhere, we would recommend that you look near Frenchmen St. in the nearby Marigny neighborhood. It’s a lively area with a lot of restaurants, music venues, bars and it’s also a great place for street photography.

      Here are some hotel and b&b recommendations should you need them:



      We will mainly be working out of Richard Sexton's studio in near St. Claude Avenue in New Orleans. Uber, Lyft, or taxis are easily accessible but you are certainly welcome to rent a car if you choose.

      About Richard

      Richard Sexton is a widely published and exhibited photographer, who is also a lifelong Leica photographer, beginning with a used M4 in the 1970s and continuing to the present day with the M10 Monochrom. His most recent project, Enigmatic Stream: Photographs of the Industrial Landscape of the Lower Mississippi River was shot with the Monochrom. He is also a master digital printer utilizing a post-production workflow in Lightroom and Photoshop to optimize files for printing. He uses Imageprint RIP for archival monochromatic printing on 100% rag papers. For more information about Richard's work and career see the links below:

      A bio can be found on Richard's web site here:

      Enigmatic Stream, a current project shot entirely with the Monochrom can be seen here:

      A portfolio of work from Ireland, shot entirely with the Monochrom can be seen here:

      A portfolio of work shot on b/w film with a Leica M4 can be seen here:

      Questions about the Workshop:

      If you have any questions or concerns, please call us at 305-921-4433 or send us an email. We are happy to answer any questions you may have. 

      We look forward to seeing you in New Orleans!


    • Withdrawal and Refund Policy

      Enrollment is limited to 10 participants, and once you sign up, we are counting on your attendance. If you need to withdraw from this workshop, please notify us in writing (email is acceptable) as soon as possible. This is our refund policy:

      If you cancel and we find someone to fill your seat, we will refund you the full amount you have paid towards the tuition, minus a $250 service charge. If you cancel and we cannot find someone to fill your seat, then you will be refunded according to the following schedule:

      At least 60 days before the start of the workshop: Full refund minus $250 service fee.
      Between 59 and 45 days before the start of the workshop: 75% refund
      Between 44 and 30 days before the start of the workshop: 50% refund
      Less than 30 days from the start of the workshop: No refund

      Covid-19 Protocols

      Our main priority during our workshops is customer safety. To that end, we will follow all CDC and NIH guidelines (i.e. mask wearing, social distancing, hand hygiene, etc.) for Covid-19 safety during our trips. We will continue to monitor these guidelines as conditions may change over time. 

      Please be aware that some destinations may require proof of a vaccine and/or negative Covid-19 test upon arrival. 

      If a participant exhibits Covid-19 symptoms during the trip, we will isolate them from the group and get them medical attention. In this event, we reserve the right to cancel the rest of the workshop.

      In the event that the CDC or other government agencies have restricted travel at the time of this workshop, we will allow participants to transfer their workshop fee to another workshop or to store credit, or receive a full refund.

      Course Cancellation

      Leica Store Miami reserves the right to cancel a reservation if full payment has not been received by 60 days prior to the start of the workshop.
      In the event that this workshop must be canceled due to inadequate enrollment, all fees and deposits will be refunded in full or may be transferred to another workshop within 24 months.

      Travel Insurance

      Leica Store Miami is not responsible for cancellations due to medical or personal emergencies so we highly recommend that you purchase travel Insurance. Companies like Travelex and Allianz Global Assistance are reputable but you can choose any vendor you like. Just make sure that they have an A+ rating from the BBB. Travel insurance generally costs 5-7% of your total trip cost. Leica Store Miami is not responsible for reimbursement of non-refundable airline tickets in the event of a workshop cancellation.


      If for any reason you wish to transfer your deposit, please notify us by email. You must register and complete a new workshop within 24 months of the withdrawal. We reserve the right to accept or deny any transfer.

      There are no exceptions to our Cancellation and Transfer Policy.

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