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Kevin C. Downs

Kevin C. Downs

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Profession: Photographer
Status: Documentary Photographer
Location: Brooklyn , New York , United States
Home base: Brooklyn, New York
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Languages spoken: english
Organization: Kevin C. Downs Photography
Skype: Kevincdownsphoto kevincdownsphoto
Mobile phone (while in brooklyn , New York): 917-607-3935
Mobile phone: 917-607-3935
Home phone: 917-607-3935
Work phone 917-607-3935
Emergency notes: Contact 646-271-8355.
Last login: 4 months ago
Member since: 23 Feb 2008 03:02

About

Kevin Downs is a New York based photojournalist and documentary photographer. He studied Fine Arts at Pratt Institute, Photography at City College and the mentors in his early career were Louis Stettner and Mel Rosenthal. He attended the Missouri Photo Workshop, where he was awarded the Bill and Duane Honorary Director’s Scholarship.
He has also photographed in Japan and other parts of Asia, as well as in Mexico and Haiti. Currently, he is working on projects documenting life in the United States, covering issues such as people affected by the economy, immigration and other social issues. For the past 6 years, he has been documenting an area of Corona, Queens, known as the Iron Triangle. This is a place where immigrants had come in search of the American dream but is now in the process of redevelopment, with the city claiming eminent domain and forcing small businesses out of existence. Recently, he has also extensively covered the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, on the Rockaways and Staten Island.

His work is published by the main international publications VSD Magazine, Les Inrockuptibles, The Good Life Magazine, Travel + Leisure US, Escape, Wish magazine, Sun-Herald, The Sydney Morning Herald, We Demain, Grazia France, The Wall Street Journal, About.com, MSN Network, ABC News, TIME Magazine, Southern Accents, Entree Magazine, Coastal Living Magazine and the Daily Mail. He has taught workshops in New York’s Coney Island and at the International Center of Photography. He is represented by Cosmos since 2013.Kevin Downs is a New York based photojournalist and documentary photographer. He studied Fine Arts at Pratt Institute, Photography at City College and the mentors in his early career were Louis Stettner and Mel Rosenthal. He attended the Missouri Photo Workshop, where he was awarded the Bill and Duane Honorary Director’s Scholarship.
He has also photographed in Japan and other parts of Asia, as well as in Mexico and Haiti. Currently, he is working on projects documenting life in the United States, covering issues such as people affected by the economy, immigration and other social issues. For the past 6 years, he has been documenting an area of Corona, Queens, known as the Iron Triangle. This is a place where immigrants had come in search of the American dream but is now in the process of redevelopment, with the city claiming eminent domain and forcing small businesses out of existence. Recently, he has also extensively covered the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, on the Rockaways and Staten Island.

His work is published by the main international publications VSD Magazine, Les Inrockuptibles, The Good Life Magazine, Travel + Leisure US, Escape, Wish magazine, Sun-Herald, The Sydney Morning Herald, We Demain, Grazia France, The Wall Street Journal, About.com, MSN Network, ABC News, TIME Magazine, Southern Accents, Entree Magazine, Coastal Living Magazine and the Daily Mail. He has taught workshops in New York’s Coney Island and at the International Center of Photography. He is represented by Cosmos since 2013.

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2011 summer photography documentary workshop

2011 SUMMER PHOTOGRAPHY
DOCUMENTARY WORKSHOP
WITH KEVIN C. DOWNS
Coney Island: Different Perspectives
www.kevincdownsphoto.com
Tuition: $300
8 Sessions, Saturday afternoons, evenings: June 4, 11, 18, 25; July 9, 16, 23, 30.

Throughout its history, Coney Island has drawn many famous photographers: from Walker Evans to Weegee; Lou Stettner to Bruce Gilden. All have come to document this part of Brooklyn that is full of energy and creativity. During this workshop, students will be documenting the changing conditions of this historic and magical place. Students will be shooting during the day and night, the icons of Coney Island: the Cyclone, Denos Wonder Wheel, the Mermaid Parade, and the personalities that inhabit the boardwalk and surrounding areas, from the water to Mermaid Avenue, developing their powers of observation and their techniques.

Students will be asked to think of a specific documentary essay that is a combination of art and journalism to focus on for the entire 8 sessions. The class will work on a narrative essay that will focus on telling a story through a sequence of events or actions. They may follow an individual or activity over a period of time and present this story in chronological order. A thematic photo essay focuses on a central theme (e.g. homelessness, the environment, Amusements, The Economics of Coney Island, etc.) and presents photos relevant to that theme. The theme you choose will need to be approved by the instructor.

Students will present their work every week, (only in-class participation will be allowed) where the instructor and students will review it for guidance and feedback. Students will gain insights into staying focused on the theme and how to improve upon the body of work. Although some technical support will be offered, this is neither a technical nor darkroom course.

Students should have a working knowledge of their equipment and a willingness to engage in discussion, the book for the class is Photojournalism, Sixth Edition: The Professionals’ Approach by Kenneth Kobre.

All Sessions except June 18 (Mermaid Parade) begin with a review at noon in the Coney Island Museum (1208 Surf Avenue). Come and document what is left of the real New York! The Real Brooklyn! Registration will be ongoing.

Click here to see a photo pool of pictures from prior classes.

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