We’re pleased to have Julia Dean back with us again. She’s a longtime photographer, educator, writer, founder of the Los Angeles Center of Photography and most recently the creator of The L.A. Project.
Julia was the last apprentice to the pioneering photographer Bernice Abbott, which had a profound effect on her work and career. In the years that followed, she traveled the world, working on socially concerned projects by freelancing for relief groups and magazines. Eventually, life brought Julia to LA, where she began teaching full time and shooting street photography on the side. And these are just a few highlights of her photographic journey.
She is passionate about collaborating on projects with with talented photographers. In the 1990s, she raised money to send six photographers around the world to document stories about child labor. This work resulted in two trips to the Capitol and a lot of press. Her current collaboration is through The L.A. Project, where she pulls together L.A. photographers — students, emerging and professionals — covering stories of the streets.
Between all of this Julia makes time for her own photography projects, The Guardian of the Alley about Jose Hernandez, a well-respected homeless man who serves as the godfather of a portion of a homeless encampment in downtown L.A.>
As an educator her teaching experience includes 40 years at various colleges, universities and educational institutions including the University of Nebraska, Los Angeles Valley College, Los Angeles Southwest College, Santa Monica College, the Santa Fe Workshops, the Maine Photographic Workshops, Oxford University, the Los Angeles Center of Photography, and the Leica Akademie.
For two decades, Julia concentrated on street photography around the world. For the past 12 years, street shooting in downtown Los Angeles has been her primary focus. She created and directs a street collective called Street L.A., which consists of a group of serious photographers who shoot weekly. Julia's work has been published in many magazines, blogs, and books.