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Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much. Oscar Wilde
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Issa Sharp

Lead Photographer | Director of Education

Issa studied environmental portraiture with renowned National Geographic photographer William Albert Allard and "Photographing People" with documentary photographer Eugene Richards before going on to Art Center College in Pasadena. As a photojournalist for the LA Weekly, her assignments covered a broad swath of the city's many cultures and neighborhoods - from Skid Row to Barney's in Beverly Hills. She has also photographed in Budapest, Hungary and Havana, Cuba. Her editorial work has appeared in Wired, Fortune, Time, Smart Money and Los Angeles Magazines. She has shot motion picture production stills, CD packages, and portraiture in addition to her award-winning wedding and event work. As an educator, she has taught photography at all levels from elementary to MFA programs. Issa's work has been exhibited in numerous group shows and her personal work has been the subject of three solo shows in Los Angeles.

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Advanced Photo students make books!

Advanced Photo students made amazing hardbound books with the help of Venice Arts’ own Elysa Voshell, who among her many credits, has an MA in Book Arts!

The class spent 22 weeks working on telling personal stories through photos and writing, constantly refining and pushing the work to a deeper level.

Once the work was created, the process of editing began, followed by sessions about book design, layout and, finally, designing the pages in InDesign.

Elysa spent several days working with the class teaching them to build the books and and after a long day of work at Venice Arts, bicycled across town to her studio and printed their book covers by night on her giant Vandercook letterpress named “Eleanor."

Scott, our class TA and Venice Arts’ Program and Media Coordinator, also put in many extra hours after a full day of work at Venice Arts. He printed all the pages for their books while singing and playing music which got louder as the night progressed.

The books are incredible works of art! We were very excited about showing them at our final exhibition. During the exhibition, Len Nguyen, Senior Field Deputy, representing Councilmember Mike Bonin, presented certificates of achievement to our graduating students.

Special thanks to Scott Bates of Canson Paper for the generous donation of Canson Duo Matte Paper which we used to print all the book pages.

Come check out the books in person through July 25, 2014.

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Advanced Photo and Filmmaking Classes visit Brave New Films

Recently, Advanced Photo and Filmmaking students went on an extraordinary site visit to Brave New Films, a feature film production company unlike any other in the world. The brainchild of television and film director Robert Greenwald, Brave New Films is committed to producing feature films with immediate and measurable social impact on issues that affect citizens across the globe. Among their considerable output are feature films that tackle inconvenient truths such as the use of American drones in the Middle East, the rising tide of economic inequality, and corruption in America’s prison system. One of the most impressive aspects of the production company is that each film has a real world advocacy campaign associated with it: for instance, after the release of the film Drone Wars, Brave New Films brought some Afghani victims of drone strikes to Washington D.C., where they were able to address a committee in Congress and help in the drafting of new legislation on the use of unmanned weaponry.

Our students were able to meet with Robert Greenwald and the rest of the warm and incredible Brave New Films staff, who encouraged our students to follow their passion and to use their voice to shed light on issues that are of import to them. We were deeply inspired and excited by the visit, and all of the Advanced Film students have plans to intern at Brave New Films now.

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