Sixth Street Photography Workshop
Sixth Street Photography Workshop started in 1992 on Sixth Street...
in the Pontiac Hotel as a community space shared with a medical clinic, Merchants and Residents Association, Alcoholics Anonymous, and other groups. It began as a temporary project, originally intended to run six-months and to complement the building of Knox Residence, a new SRO on Sixth Street. Since then, SSPW has put down roots and grown. It operates a seven station teaching darkroom, three individual darkrooms, a film room, digital imaging and has use of a classroom. It helps SOMArts provide working facilities to artist groups.
Sixth Street Photography Workshop (SSPW) shares the art and skills of photography with those who suffer from mental health illnesses, PTSD, and isolation. Many have been homeless and live in transitional housing and hotels.
SSPW develops talent and ability in this community to as advanced a level as possible. It offers tuition free classes and workshops in photography. Use of cameras, the darkroom, digital printers, lighting, and other equipment is provided free of charge. Participants work with Tom Ferentz, Founder and Artistic Director, S. Renee Jones and other advanced photographers, and volunteer photographers.