New Orleans Monochrom Workshop with Richard Sexton | October 3-6, 2024


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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 instruments 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 these exceptional cameras. Take a look at a few behind the scenes images from a previous workshop.

  • Itinerary:

    Thursday, October 3rd

    • We will meet at a local gallery at 2:00pm to kick off the workshop. We'll look at some amazing prints and then head out for some shooting.

    • Later, we'll return to Richard's to get to know each other better, talk about the workshop, look at some of Richard's prints, drink wine and have a catered dinner.

      Friday, October 4th

      • Morning location shoot at St. Peter & Paul Sanctuary
      • Afternoon classroom session
      • Night photography session in the French Quarter

      Saturday, October 5th

      • Group 1 printing session at Richard'slive/workspace
      • Lunch 
      • Group 2 printing session at Richard's live/workspace
      • Visit to St. Roch Cemetery and or Crescent Park when your group is not printing
      • Optional early evening shoot in the Marigny

      Sunday, October 6th

      • Wrap up and Q&A session at Richard's
      • Farewell brunch
      • Departures

    • Class Size: Limited to 8 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 (or ship) one or two gallery quality prints.
      • Receive a signed book from Richard Sexton

      Who should attend this Workshop?

      This workshop is geared towards current Leica Monochrom owners or photographers who wish to try the Monochrom. Anyone interested in black and white photography is also welcome to attend. Limited loaner Monochrom cameras and lenses may be available to try during the workshop.


      Richard’s new live/workspace is located in the St. Claude neighborhood of New Orleans. Although availability may be limited, we recommend Hotel Peter & Paul, a unique hotel that was recently renovated and the closest option to Richard's studio. Another close option is the brand new Hampton Inn on Elysian Fields. 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 8 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

      Travel Insurance (STRONGLY recommended)

      Leica Store Miami is not responsible for cancellations due to medical or personal emergencies so we highly recommend purchasing 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. Leica Store Miami is not responsible for reimbursement of non-refundable airline tickets in the event of a workshop cancellation.

      Camera Gear Insurance (STRONGLY recommended)

      We advise all of our workshop attendees to insure their camera gear against damage, theft, loss, etc. If your gear is not already insured, check with your home owner's insurance to see if they offer coverage. There are several photo specific insurance policies out there as well.

      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.


      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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