Uptown Photo Fest PANEL: Starting Your Career with a Camera

Friday, June 7, 2024 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
RECIRCULATION A project of Word Up
876 Riverside Drive (near 160th St.)
New York, NY 10032

You’re invited to the first-ever Uptown Photo Fest! Join us for 3 days of photo experiences, workshops, portraits, and of course, photowalks hosted by Uptown Photowalk in Washington Heights, NYC, in partnership with Recirculation and NoMAA Studios. Come and create photos in community, level up your skills, and connect with our diverse network of photographers that includes everyone from full-time professionals to hobbyists, to everyone in between.

6/7: Panel Talk: Starting Your Career with a Camera @ Recirculation

6/8: Studio Session: The Portrait Exchange Program @ NoMAA Studios

6/9: Street Photography 101 with Sergio “Rose” Santiago @ Recirculation


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Panel Talk: Starting Your Career with a Camera

Have you ever thought about photography as a career? Join us for a panel talk on launching your career with a camera with members of our own Uptown Photowalk community. Creative professionals from various industries will share their journeys and how photography shaped their careers. Learn firsthand the different routes available to achieve your goals and to start making money as a photographer.

Bring your questions for our Q&A session after the panel!


Sam Popp (@sampoppshoots)
Self-employed Photographer

Leomary Rodriguez (@directedbyleo)
Founder / Creative Director

Jeffrey “Dotshotit” Batista (@dotshotit)

Lauren von Eckartsberg (@lvoneckartsberg_photography)
Grants Administrator - Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
Education and Community Engagement Director - Souls in Focus

Moderated by - Emmanuel Abreu (@eabreuvisuals)
Co-Founder - Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria

If you’re interested in volunteering and receiving free tickets in exchange, sponsoring, or partnering with Uptown Photo Fest, or any future Uptown Photowalk events, please email us at uptownphotowalk@gmail.com.


CANCELLATION POLICY: Word Up Community Bookshop reserves the right to cancel events for any reason, including but not limited to safety concerns.

CODE OF CONDUCT: Please note Word Up has a zero tolerance policy for harassment or intimidation of any kind during any event, virtual or in-person. Please read our Safe Space Policy for more information. Anyone violating these rules will be expelled from the event at the discretion of the organizers. Please report all harassment to events@wordupbooks.com immediately.

PHOTOS & RECORDING: Events may be recorded, and video and photos may be posted on our website, social media, and elsewhere. If you would prefer not to be visible, please let a Word Up team member know.

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ACCESSIBILITY: Recirculation is a wheelchair-accessible space with one ramp from the street level down to the store. Most of the shelves are on wheels and can be moved to provide additional access. The bathrooms are not yet ADA compliant and do not yet have a changing table but are gender neutral. The events are mic’d for sound and videos are captioned when possible. Free ASL interpretation is available for most programs upon request. Please email events@wordupbooks.com to request interpretation as early as possible. If you have specific questions about the space or how an event can be made more accessible to you, please do not hesitate to contact us at info@wordupbooks.com.