The Julia Dean Photo Workshops (JDPW) is a practical education school of photography devoted to advancing the skills and increasing the personal enrichment of photographers of all experience levels and ages. We fulfill this mission by offering nearly 170 workshops per year, programming a variety of community events, supporting artists through group and one-person gallery exhibits, and by producing four annual contests. In addition, JDPW offers workshops with and provides access to some of the most well-known and respected photographers in the world, including: Greg Gorman, Duane Michals, Mary Ellen Mark, Sam Abell, Douglas Kirkland, David Alan Harvey, Keith Carter, Phil Borges, Bruce Davidson, John Paul Caponigro, Alex Webb and Joyce Tenneson, among others.
As the West Coast’s largest non-degree based school of photography, JDPW offers a broad range of coursework, with classes ranging from photojournalism and fine art photography to studio photography and portraiture. A Certificate Program is available for a comprehensive course of study, in addition to an intense, one-year “Full-Time” Program, where students may elect to take an unlimited amount of workshops for one year. For students looking to become more involved in the photographic community, JDPW provides monthly Membership which provide numerous perks and benefits, such as: discounts on tuition, free admittance to events and guest lectures, and use of darkrooms, galleries and studio.