Hollywood Media DistrictHOLLYWOOD, Calif. /eNewsChannels/ — The Julia Dean Photo Workshops (, the West Coast’s largest non-degree based school of photography, will mark the opening of its new headquarters in the heart of Hollywood’s Media District on March 26, 2011.

Led by photographer, educator and founder Julia Dean, the school’s 5,000 sq. ft. space, located at 755 Seward St, features lecture rooms, gallery/event space, digital and traditional darkrooms, and a 2,000 sq. ft. studio. The move from previous JDPW quarters in Venice comes as the school, founded in 1999, dramatically expands its primary functions.

“This is a very exciting time for all of us at JDPW,” said Julia Dean. “Adding to our array of wonderful workshops taught by great photographers, we now have even more to offer. Our expanded space allows us to offer studio rental, as well as traditional and digital darkrooms. We are happy to embrace the digital age, while maintaining traditional photographic education as well.”

Two exhibitions on display for the school’s opening include the works of participants from instructor Aline Smithson’s “The Next Step II” class and Christopher Capozziello, winner of the 2010 Berenice Abbott Prize, an annual competition organized by JDPW, in honor of the pioneering photographer and mentor of Julia Dean.

Attending the opening will be prominent photographers, along with notable sponsors and partners including A&I Photographic and Digital Services, Canon U.S.A., and Universal Art Gallery. Baret Lepejian and Vic Lepejian, owners of A&I and A&I Books, which are allied with JDPW, will also be in attendance.

An hourly raffle drawing will be offered with the Grand Prize of one JDPW Special Guest Workshop. In addition, attendees choosing to enroll in a JDPW workshop at the event will be eligible to receive 10 percent off the tuition price of most classes offered through June, 2011.

About The Julia Dean Photo Workshops (JDPW):

A practical education school of photography, JDPW is devoted to advancing the skills and increasing the personal enrichment of photographers of all experience levels and ages. This mission is fulfilled 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 provides numerous perks and benefits, such as: discounts on tuition, free admittance to events and guest lectures, and use of darkrooms and studio.

About Julia Dean:

Julia Dean is a photographer, educator, and the founder of the Julia Dean Photo Workshops. Throughout her career, she has traveled to more than 40 countries while freelancing for numerous relief groups and magazines. She is also the author/photographer of the award-winning children’s book, A Year on Monhegan Island. Julia received a Bachelor of Science degree in photography at the Rochester Institute of Technology and a Master of Arts degree in journalism at the University of Nebraska. She began her career as an apprentice to pioneering photographer Berenice Abbott. Later, Julia was a photo editor for the Associated Press in New York. She has taught for 28 years at such places as the University of Nebraska, Los Angeles Valley College, Los Angeles Southwest College, Santa Monica College, the Santa Fe Workshops, the Maine Photographic Workshops and Oxford University (England). She founded and teaches at The Julia Dean Photo Workshops.

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